A big smile is a beautiful one when it’s motivated by genuine emotion, but imagine feeling like you should smile a bit less. For those who are conscious of displaying their gums when they grin and their upper lip all but disappearing, relief comes by way of injecting a small amount of Botox into the muscles that hold up the lips. This can significantly reduce the amount of gum that's revealed, without changing the characteristics of the smile.
“We see one to two people a day who include reducing a gummy smile in their treatment plan,” says Dr Catherine Stone of appearance medicine clinic The Face Place .“Some come specifically for it, while others have the area treated along with other facial areas to create facial harmony and balance.”
Where once the only option was invasive surgery, this approach requires just a couple of tiny injections. “Expect to pay around $150, or as little as $40-$60 if you have it as part of a plan. The results last two to three months, and often improve with repeated treatments.”