While healthy, beautiful teeth and gums are essential for an attractive smile, overexposed gums make many people feel self-conscious and unattractive. In 1988, gum specialist Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh developed a simple procedure to correct a gummy smile that has helped thousands of people from Los Angeles, around the U.S., and across the world smile more confidently. This lip lowering procedure is just one of the treatments he offers for gummy smile correction at his Beverly Hills practice.
You can start enjoying attractive gums and smiling with total confidence when you choose gummy smile correction surgery. Request consultation with celebrity periodontist and cosmetic dentist Dr. Farnoosh, or call (310) 657-0503 to set up an appointment.
Gummy Smile Surgery
More than 25 years ago, Dr. Farnoosh developed a lip lowering procedure that he performs as an alternative to invasive jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery). This treatment involves repositioning the upper lip so that less of the gum line is exposed when smiling. Lip lowering requires a significantly shorter recovery period than jaw surgery and has substantially fewer risks and side effects.
In most cases, Dr. Farnoosh performs lip lowering surgery using only a local anesthetic. First, he makes a set of careful incisions in the existing tissue that connects your lip to your gums. These incisions are made entirely inside the mouth in the gum and upper lip. Then, he uses a technique that limits the vertical movement of the upper lip, which will keep the lip closer to your teeth when you smile.
Depending on your unique needs, Dr. Farnoosh may combine lip lowering surgery with other gummy smile treatments (described below).
Other Gummy Smile Treatment Options
Dr. Farnoosh offers the following gummy smile treatments for patients who are not ready for surgery or for those who would benefit from combining these treatments with lip lowering:
Gum Contouring/Gum Leveling
Gum contouring, whether with a scalpel or a laser, may help improve a gummy smile in certain cases. This option removes excess gum tissue around the teeth so that more of the tooth is visible, making the teeth look longer and more proportionate to the gum line or evening out the gum line. Typically, this procedure works best when used in conjunction with the lip lowering technique.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Injections
BOTOX treatments may be a good temporary solution for people who aren’t yet ready to commit to a lip lowering procedure. Injecting BOTOX into the muscles responsible for a “hypermobile” lip reduces the strong pulling effect and allows the upper lip to rest over the gum tissue. Ideally, BOTOX can be used after surgery to help keep the lip muscles relaxed.
How Much Does Gummy Smile Correction Cost?
The cost for gummy smile correction will depend on the treatment that suits you best. While BOTOX injections are the most affordable, this treatment provides temporary results and therefore isn’t a long-term solution. The costs of other procedures such as lip lowering depend on the specific patient and amount of correction needed. While the amount of gum tissue that shows does not affect the cost, the specific cause of your gummy smile does. Depending on the complexity of the case, the cost for gummy smile treatment could be as low as $2,000. To help make your procedure affordable, Dr. Farnoosh offers convenient financing options through a leading healthcare credit company.
Revision Gummy Smile Surgery
Several dentists who are not experts in gummy smile surgery offer procedures they advertise will improve the appearance of a gummy smile. Unfortunately, in many cases these dentists will not be able to achieve the results their patients expect. In these cases of failed gummy smile surgery, Dr. Farnoosh is often called upon to perform revision procedures because he has performed numerous procedures on hundreds of patients. If you have had gummy smile surgery and are not happy with the result, please get in touch with us for an individual consultation.