Gummy Smile

  • FREE cosmetic consultations for adults
  • Excessive gum display when smiling
  • Teeth appear shorter due to gum prominence
  • Can impact self-confidence and aesthetics
  • Various causes, including genetics and dental/facial growth issues
  • Permanent treatments range from orthodontics, veneers, and gum contouring

What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile is a common dental concern where an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible when a person smiles. This condition can make the teeth appear shorter than they actually are, affecting the overall aesthetics of the smile. Gummy smiles can be caused by various factors, including genetics, abnormal tooth eruption, or jaw positioning. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to address gummy smiles and restore confidence. Botox/Dysport injections are a minimally invasive temporary option. Permanent options include orthodontic treatment, gum recontouring, and veneers. Our skilled dental team can tailor a personalised solution to achieve a beautifully balanced smile and boost self-assurance.

Gummy smile treatments

One popular treatment is Botox/Dysport injections: a minimally invasive option that relaxes the hyperactive upper lip muscles, reducing gum exposure and enhancing the balance of your smile. This simple procedure delivers noticeable results with virtually no downtime.

For those seeking a more permanent solution, gum contouring is an excellent option. This surgical procedure carefully sculpts excess gum tissue, revealing more of your natural teeth and creating a beautifully proportioned smile. In some cases, orthodontic treatments can also correct gummy smiles by repositioning the teeth and adjusting the jaw.

Veneers in conjunction with gum contouring can instantly change a gummy smile while also enhancing the look of the teeth.

Can orthodontics fix a gummy smile?

Orthodontics offers an effective solution for fixing a gummy smile. By carefully repositioning the teeth and adjusting the jaw alignment, orthodontic treatments can harmonise the relationship between the gums, teeth, and lips. As the teeth are moved into their proper positions, excessive gum display is reduced, resulting in a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. Whether through braces or clear aligners (Invisalign), orthodontics addresses the underlying causes of a gummy smile, creating a beautifully proportioned and confident smile. Our skilled orthodontic team are dedicated to tailoring personalised treatment plans to achieve outstanding results that gives you the confidence to smile.

Using facial injections to treat a gummy smile

Facial injections, such as Botox/Dysport, provide a non-surgical solution to fix a gummy smile. Strategically injecting small amounts of muscle relaxant product into the upper lip muscles will relax their hyperactivity, reducing gum exposure when smiling. This subtle adjustment creates a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile, with less gum visibility.

The procedure is quick, virtually painless, and requires no downtime. Results typically last for several months, making it an effective and temporary option to address a gummy smile. To find out what sort of results you could get with facial injections to fix your gummy smile book a consultation with our dentist online or by phone.

Payment options available

We offer a wider range of interest-free payment options to suit any budget and we offer free check-ups and cleans for teen orthodontic patients*. Individual service costs may vary. Costs can be found on our Services pages.


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What causes gummy smiles?

Gummy smiles can be caused by various factors, such as genetics, abnormal tooth eruption, hyperactive upper lip, or a high lip line.

Can gummy smiles be fixed?

Yes, gummy smiles can be effectively corrected with various treatments, depending on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause.

Is gum contouring surgery painful?

Gum contouring is usually performed with local anesthesia, ensuring a comfortable experience with minimal discomfort during and after the procedure.

How long does it take to see results from gummy smile treatment?

Facial injections yield results within a few days, while gum contouring may require a short healing period before the final outcome is apparent.