A natural and beautiful smile is used to convey pleasure and happiness, either as an expression during conversation or in a static method, captured in a photograph. In this age of social media, Instagram, selfie sticks and more, never has your appearance and your smile been more scrutinised.
A gummy smile can mean that smiling, as an expression of happiness, is tainted by self-consciousness, as the person’s gums stand out more prominently than their smile does. A gummy smile sufferer often attempts to control and minimise their smile and may prefer to smile with closed lips so to not expose their gums and teeth. This has the potential to impact on professional, social and personal relationships. Fortunately, The DOC Clinic offers a gummy smile treatment that may allow you to find and enjoy your smile again.
A gummy smile occurs when the upper lip lifts too far above the top row of teeth when smiling.
Factors that may exacerbate the symptoms of a gummy smile include:
A nonsurgical technique for gummy smile correction is now possible through small amounts of anti-wrinkle injections, lateral to the lower nostril area on each side of the nose. The injection weakens the muscle in the top lip and, in turn, lowers the top lip during smiling.
During your initial consultation with Dr Omarjee, he may also recommend that patients with a narrow top lip also consider using fillers to enhance their top lip to assist in the reduction of the gummy smile..
After an initial consultation with Dr Omarjee to ensure you are a suitable candidate for correction procedure, the treatment takes less than five minutes* with minimal discomfort.
Just one gummy smile treatment session is usually required. It can even be scheduled for your lunch break if needed. There is no downtime from this procedure.
Anti-wrinkle injections have been used as a muscle relaxant since the 1970s and are used not only cosmetically for skin rejuvenation and to treat hyperhidrosis, but also to assist in the treatment of migraines. Injections are safe when delivered by reputable, highly skilled and experienced clinics and practitioners, such as Dr Omarjee.
As with any injection, the treatment is not referred to as painful. Patients treated for gummy smiles describe feeling minimal discomfort.
You may notice the appearance of small mosquito bite marks at the injection site and they may bleed a little. Ice can be used to manage any pain in the area, restrict blood flow and minimise bruising following gummy smile treatment.
As soon as three to four days* after the procedure, the lip elevation becomes progressively weaker. You may notice that the smile noticeably changes not to reveal the gummy smile.
Results of your procedure should be noticeable for about three to four months. Definitely something for you to smile about!
Dr Omarjee will discuss any pre-existing medical conditions with you during your initial consultation and will advise you accordingly. Ideally, any blood thinning medications would be required not to be taken up to one week* before the procedure.
Following your initial consultation, Dr Omarjee will provide you with the price for your gummy smile correction procedure. Mostly, treatment for gummy smile will only take one treatment session. This procedure is not covered under Medicare.
To book your first appointment with Dr Omarjee, call us on (03) 9021 6022 or email the team at [email protected] We’re based in Hoppers Crossing, situated 23km south west of the Melbourne CBD and close to neighbouring areas like Point Cook and Werribee.