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Vestavia Dentist | Vestavia dental care | AL | Gummy Smile

2816 Columbiana Rd  |  Vestavia Hills,  |   AL 35216  |  (205) 823-3223
G. Robin Pruitt, Jr., D.M.D.  |  Joseph C. Schilleci, D.M.D.  |  Rana W. Ahmad, D.M.D.

Gummy Smile


When you smile, do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Are you of the opinion that your upper teeth appear too short compared to the amount of gingival tissue displayed when you smile? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may have a condition that is commonly called a "Gummy Smile" or excessive gingival display.

Gummy Smile can have a negative affect on the esthetics of your smile. The good news is that a gummy smile can be easily and quickly corrected.  There are several possible causes of Gummy Smile.  One is that the muscle that controls the movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.

If you think you have a Gummy Smile, visit Dr. Pruitt for confirmation and treatment options. Dr. Pruitt will examine your mouth, teeth and gums to determine the extent of the excessive gingival display and any possible causes. His examination may involve conventional and/or digital impressions of your teeth and gums. You may also need X-ray imaging so that the tooth roots and jawbone can be carefully examined.

Most Gummy Smiles can be easily corrected in less than 2 minutes with the results visible within 48 hours.  This simple procedure involves the using of Botox to relax the labii superioris alaquae nasi (LLSNA) muscle that pulls up the lip too high and exposes more gum than teeth. As a result, gummy smile sufferers see more of their teeth when they smile and less of their gums.

The International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, of which Dr. Pruitt is an accredited member with advanced training, states that the benefits of Gummy Smile Botox procedures include increased comfort and confidence when smiling, eating and speaking.

If you have a concern about you Gummy Smile, give us a call for a no charge, complimentary consultation and learn about the ease and benefit of this simple procedure so you don’t have to be embarrassed anymore when you laugh and smile.



Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics | Dr. G. Robin Pruitt, Jr, D.M.D