This is an example of what Botox can do to reduce the amount of gum showing above the teeth. This actual patient of mine had 1cm of gingival show before any treatment (left) and now has 2mm after (right). This has softened and feminized her face while still allowing her to make all normal facial expressions and mouth movements.
An anatomically ideal smile shows 75-100% of the front teeth. About 20% of people have what is called a "gummy smile," where there is excess gingiva (gum tissue) above the upper teeth when smiling. Traditional methods for addressing a gummy smile involve orthognathic or dental surgery. However, a newer, quicker, and less invasive treatment involves Botox of the upper lip elevators.
Precise injection of the trifurcation point of the levator labii superioris, levator labii superioris alaquae nasi, and zygomaticus minor muscles with a conservative amount of Botox allows her smile to be less gummy while retaining the natural character of her face.
Gummy smile treatment is an expert technique that requires precise injection of product and thorough knowledge of facial anatomy to avoid asymmetry, an immobile upper lip, and other complications. Seek treatment from someone who knows how to do it. If you are interested in seeing me for this treatment, please call my office at (212) 452-2400.