Gummy smile is the excessive show of the pink or pigmented gum on smiling. Gum show of more than 2mm can cause patients to seek correction. Prevalance is normally 7% of adult males and 14% of adult females.

There are several causes including hypermobiliy of the upper lip, maxillary length excess, short upper lip length, and overeruption of the upper incisors. The gummy smile can also be aggrevated by a thin upper lip which may expose more of the upper gum.


Gummy Smile may be corrected with a precise administration of botox to the elvator muscles of the upper lip. Botox relaxes the elevators and this results in a lower upper lip positon when smiling. Results normally last from 3-6 months and as the procedure takes only 10-15 min it is easily repeated producing natural results.

Young or Older Patients are suitable of both genders. A thorough assessment is undertaken to ascertain the aetiology and suitability for treatment. All options will be explained to allow you to make an informed decision on what is the best method of correction.

You are encouraged to book in a thorough consultation with Dr Bharat Patel. He will undergo a full analysis, followed by a detailed treatment plan. Depending on the cause of the gummy smile, various options may be available. The treatment takes 10-15 min and is well-tolerated.

Botox begins to take affect from 3 days post administration, taking full effect from 14 days. We have devised a custom injection protocol that allows the best possible results, with review appointments scheduled to allow results to be perfected.

The cost of gummy smile correction using Botox is from £149 though a treatment plan will be given before treatment with an exact quote.