Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile, Excessive Gingvial Display

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Gummy Smile

A gummy smile, technically known as an excessive gingival display, can be treated where the excessive gum that is on display is around 7mm in height above the teeth.

  • Do you try to hide your teeth when you smile?
  • Do you try and hold your lips together when you smile?
  • Are you embarrassed? Self-Conscious?

At The Sugar Box Clinic we can help you relax and smile by reducing the movement in the muscle that lifts the upper lip, resulting in less gum if any at all being seen when you smile*.

Call us for a consultation on 01633 462083. This way, we can sit down, have a chat about your troubles and smile, so that we can tailor the treatments specifically for you.

What can I expect when I have my gummy smile treated?

The treatment time is typically no longer than 5 minutes, however you will want to allow 30 minutes for an assessment and application of the topical anaesthetic. Your medical history will be reviewed prior to undergoing any treatments to check for suitability.

The treatment itself involves:

  1. Applying anaesthetic to the skin
  2. Cleansing the skin
  3. Administering the drug to the offending muscles that causes the lip to lift excessively
  4. Cleansing the skin
  5. Making your 2 week follow up appointment for your FREE top up
  6. Finally giving you an after care pack.



Typical Questions Patients Have


  1. Is it safe? – The drug used, has been used since the early 80’s for blepharospasm and strabismus and is now used in several different medical conditions including children with cerebral palsy, and adults with underarm hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).
  2. Does it hurt? – We use topical anaesthetics that are very effective when applied for the correct length of time.
  3. How long does it take? – You will need to allocate about 30 mins to allow time for both the topical anaesthetic, assessment and the treatment itself. Your 2 week review will only take 10 minutes.
  4. How much does it cost? – £150
  5. How does it work? – The drug basically stops your brains messages being sent to the muscle to contract. As a result the offending muscle has a chance to relax, and reduce the stregth of the contraction that lifts the lip.
  6. How long does it last? -The treatment lasts on average 4 months in the upper face.
  7. How will my skin look? – Initially the skin will look red and raised for 10 minutes to an hour. The redness will then reduce over the next hour, with no traces of the injection site the following day.
  8. What are the side effects? – Side effects associated with a simple injection are tenderness, swelling and bruising and infection, with the rare possibility of affecting your lip muscles. However, we use the minimum dose to reduce this risk and invite you back to increase the dose if required in 2 weeks’ time.

*Results vary from person to person, so having a consultation tailored to your face and your desired results can give you a firm foundation in making a decision on what is right for you.