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How to fix a gummy smile with Botox

Do you ever feel self-conscious about your “gummy” smile when taking pictures or meeting new people? Gummy smiles can occur due to a variety of reasons, including an overly-long upper lip or too much gum visible in the mouth. Fortunately, there is a treatment you can do to help reduce the visibility of your unwanted gums - Botox. Botox injections are used to relax the muscles around your mouth which will ultimately lead to reducing the amount of gum that is shown in photos and while smiling.



A gummy smile can impact an individual’s self-confidence, leading them to seek solutions to address this concern. While there are various treatment options available, Botox injections have gained popularity for their effectiveness in reducing the appearance of a gummy smile. In this article, we will delve into the details of how Botox is used to treat a gummy smile and explore the areas where the injections are typically administered.





A gummy smile refers to a condition where a significant amount of gum tissue is visible when a person smiles. This occurs when the upper lip elevates too far above the teeth, exposing a larger portion of the gums with excessive gum lines. While it doesn’t pose any health risks, many individuals seek to address this concern for aesthetic purposes. Many patients will often complain of photos and being generally unhappy with their smile. Many patients that have overly exposed gum lines or a hyperactive upper lip enjoy the benefits of Botox for gummy smile.




Botox, a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, has been widely used for various cosmetic procedures. When used for a gummy smile, Botox helps to relax the muscles responsible for elevating the upper lip, reducing the amount of gum exposure and creating a more balanced smile. By inhibiting the movement of specific muscles, Botox provides a temporary solution to this cosmetic concern.




The precise injection sites for Botox treatment may vary depending on individual factors and the severity of the gummy smile. However, the most common areas for injecting Botox to address a gummy smile are:


  1. Levator Labii Superioris Alaeque Nasi (LLSAN) Muscle: This muscle is located near the nostrils and is responsible for elevating the upper lip. Botox injections in this area help to relax the muscle, limiting its upward movement and reducing gum exposure.


  1. Depressor Anguli Oris (DAO) Muscle: Located at the corners of the mouth, the DAO muscle controls the downward movement of the lips. By injecting Botox into the DAO muscle, the downward pull is diminished, preventing excessive movement and allowing for a more balanced smile.


  1. Levator Labii Superioris (LLS) Muscle: This muscle, situated on either side of the nose, assists in raising the upper lip. Botox injections in this area can help relax the LLS muscle, reducing its contraction and limiting gum exposure.


It’s important to note that the specific dosage and injection sites will be determined by a qualified healthcare professional or a licensed cosmetic injector after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s condition. A face to face consultation is required by law as a Botox is a prescribed drug.




Botox injections for treating a gummy smile are relatively quick and minimally invasive. The procedure typically involves the application of a topical anesthetic or ice to numb the area before administering the injections. The number of injections required may vary, depending on the individual’s needs and the professional’s assessment.


Following the procedure, patients can expect to see the results gradually over a period of several days to a week. The effects of Botox are temporary, usually lasting around three to six months. To maintain the desired outcome, patients may need periodic touch-up treatments.



Botox injections offer a non-surgical and effective solution for individuals seeking to address a gummy smile. By selectively targeting specific facial muscles, Botox helps reduce gum exposure and create a more balanced smile. While the injection sites mentioned above are commonly targeted, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified professional who can assess your unique situation and determine the best approach for your gummy smile treatment.

At VIVA, our price for gummy smile is £295

If you’re considering Botox injections for a gummy smile, always ensure you are seeking treatment with a licensed medical professional with excellent anatomical knowledge, we offer free consultations at VIVA for both of our clinic locations offering treatments with top aesthetic nurses and doctors.

Frequently Asked Questions

There can be various causes for a gummy smile, including:

  • Excessive gum tissue: Some individuals naturally have more gum tissue covering their teeth, leading to a gummy smile.
  • Hyperactive upper lip: When the muscles in the upper lip are hyperactive, they can elevate the lip higher than normal, exposing more gum tissue.

Treating a gummy smile can have several benefits, including:

  • Improved aesthetics: By reducing gum exposure, the teeth appear longer, and the smile becomes more balanced and attractive.
  • Enhanced self-confidence: Many individuals with a gummy smile feel self-conscious, and addressing the issue can boost their self-esteem.

The cost of gummy smile treatment can vary significantly depending on factors such as the chosen treatment method, the severity of the gummy smile, and the location. Surgical procedures tend to be more expensive than non-surgical options. At VIVA, we chare £295 for this treatment using non-surgical injections of Botox.

YES! By using injections of Botox the upper lip muscles can relax, lowering them to cover the excess gum tissue on smile.

The procedure is 15-30 minutes including a consultation with our nurse or doctor.

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