How Dermal Fillers Can Help Improve a Gummy Smile

If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile because of a prominent gum line, you’re not alone. This is called a gummy smile and is often characterized by excessive gum tissue visible whenever you smile with your teeth.

While it’s natural to have some gum tissue appear when you smile, too much of it can make your upper teeth look smaller and detract from an otherwise charming smile. 

Fortunately, there are several ways to correct a gummy smile without resorting to surgery. One of these involves dermal fillers.

Keep reading to learn more about it.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There are several factors that contribute to a gummy smile, and these include:

  • Lip shape. If you have a thin or short upper lip, it can reveal more of your gums when you smile.
  • Medical conditions and certain medications. Gingival hyperplasia is an illness that can lead to the excessive growth of one’s gums. Certain medications can sometimes produce a similar effect, such as anticonvulsant and immunosuppressant drugs.
  • Tooth and gum growth.  Adult teeth and gums typically grow at the same rate, but this can result in a gummy smile when the gum ends up covering more than the usual front area of the teeth.


People who have gummy smiles often feel self-conscious when having their photos taken or smiling back at someone, thus diminishing their self-confidence, especially when it comes to social interactions with others.

Not too long ago, surgery used to be the only way to fix a gummy smile, thus requiring a longer recovery period. Today, dental aesthetics offers noninvasive alternatives for improving the appearance of a gummy smile, such as dermal fillers.

How Dermal Fillers Can Fix a Gummy Smile

gummy smile procedure 1The most popular dermal fillers are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, and are used to plump lips, fill in under-eye hollows (tear troughs), and smooth wrinkles. They are also a non-invasive alternative for addressing a gummy smile.

Dermal fillers can be injected into a thin or short top lip to plump it up, resulting in more coverage for prominent gums and thus reducing their appearance when you smile. 

Providers usually combine dermal fillers with Botox®, with the neurotoxin relaxing the muscles on the upper lip when injected, allowing it to lengthen slightly and cover up more of the gums, thus providing optimum results.

Best of all, Botox® and dermal fillers have no downtime. However, these treatments are a temporary solution and can last up to 3 months, depending on how fast your body can metabolize them. Therefore, touch-ups are necessary if you’d like to maintain the results.

Helping You Achieve Your Best Possible Smile

So if you’re unhappy about your gummy smile but aren’t willing to undergo dental surgery, dermal fillers are a great alternative. 

To ensure the best possible result of these fillers in improving the appearance of a gummy smile, they should be administered by experienced and certified providers like the ones at Dentistry By the Bay.

Call now and book your appointment with us today so we can help you achieve YOUR best smile!

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