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Surgeon: Dr.Farnoosh
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Case 48
A "gummy" smile often causes the teeth to look smaller and gives a thin or tight look even to moderately full lips. This patient planned a time to meet with Beverly Hills implant dentist and periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh to find out more about how to achieve more attractive teeth and minimize the look of the gums.When he examined this patient's teeth Dr. Farnoosh found that the patient had good dental health and appropriately sized and shaped teeth. Certain factors may give some patients excessive gum tissue, but in most cases of a "gummy" smile the problem is not the gum tissue itself or the teeth, but rather the way the lip overexposes the gums when the patient smiles.Based on this patient's good oral health and appropriately structured teeth and gums, Dr. Farnoosh recommended a lip-lowering treatment at his Beverly Hills office. In this relatively fast, noninvasive procedure Dr. Farnoosh makes a small incision behind the lip, allowing the lip to cover the gums more effectively when the patient smiles. While the lip does not actually get thicker or lower, the procedure does help the lip retain a fuller appearance when smiling and emphasize the teeth rather than the gums.After the lip-lowering treatment for a gummy smile, this patient is very happy to see obvious improvement in the look of the teeth and lips, and of the smile as a whole. Because the lips are no longer so stretched and elevated, the patient's lips appear fuller and the whole smile seems more relaxed. The teeth also appear more proportional to both the lips and the patient's face. Surgeon: Dr. Alex Farnoosh
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Case 49
Image 1 : A patient with a high lip line and a gummy smile. Upper lip appears very thin.Image 2: The patient's lip was repositioned and brought down slightly to show less gum. Upper lip appears fuller. Surgeon: Dr. Alex Farnoosh
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Case 50

Image 1 : A patient with a high lip line and a gummy smile.

Image 2: The patient's lip was repositioned and brought down slightly to show less gum  

Case 51
Some patients assume that just because their smile shows a large amount of gum, they need to find a surgeon to remove the "extra" gum tissue and expose more of the tooth surface. In fact, Dr. Farnoosh finds that that in most circumstances gum reduction is not necessary and actually exposes patients to an extra risk of periodontal disease. Most patients, like this young woman, find that Dr. Farnoosh can correct their "gummy smile" simply and effectively by repositioning the lower line of their lip. In this procedure Dr. Farnoosh will not actually change the length of the patient's lip. Like this patient, many patients who have a "gummy" smile actually have appropriately sized, full lips; the problem is that when they smile, the lip tissue curls under, elevating the lip too much. Through a small incision behind the bottom edge of the lip, Dr. Farnoosh can adjust how much lip tissue is still showing when you smile. After this type of procedure, your lips should appear the same when your face is at rest; the only difference is that when you smile, your lip retains its position just above the top edge of your teeth. After her procedure by Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh, this patient's smile is much more attractive. Her gums are now hidden behind the lips, allowing a more balanced smile that harmonizes very well with the rest of her face. Before her procedure, this patient also displayed some uneven gum pigmentation, but Dr. Farnoosh found that a bleaching procedure would not be necessary because the pigmentation was very mild and would be hidden by the patient's lowered lip.