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How to create the perfect smile Understanding Gummy Smile treatments

Gummy smile treatments can be separated in to the following options:

1. Muscle relaxant injections

  • Targeted and expertly dosed relaxant injections into the muscles that elevate the upper lip cause a subtle lowering to reduce gum show when smiling, laughing or talking.These last 3-6 months and are performed in office with one injection per side just left and right of the nose.
  • This is a cost effective (~$199), easy and painless option.

2. Lip filler

  • This is the best option for patients with smaller upper lips who also experience gummy smiles.
  • Carefully placed lip filler can create the perfect lip volume and shape, while expertly hiding the gums while smiling and laughing.
  • This is a cost effective option ($250-400), done in clinic under numbing cream.

3. Gum reduction surgery

  • This is an uncommon option requiring at times extensive gum resection.
  • Perfect option for those with gum overgrowth.
  • Expensive often costing several thousand dollars.

4. Orthognathic Surgery

  • Jaw surgery is needed when there is significant structural problems when opening and closing the mouth.
  • Painful, long downtime, expensive surgery.

5. Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Veneers are a great option for those with smaller teeth, or those wanting to improve the general appearance of their smile.
  • Expensive and irreversibly damages underlying teeth



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Your satisfaction is our guarantee. Choose the very best in cosmetic injectors. Every gummy smile treatment comes with:

  • A complimentary consultation and facial assessment.
  • A complimentary follow up appointment to review results.
  • Complimentary top ups/corrections, when suggested treatment plan is followed.
  • Only premium injectable products guaranteed.
  • Expert clinicians providing all treatments.

Gummy Smile Treatments

Showing excessive gum when smiling?

Self conscious when smiling or laughing?

Put your best foot forward and feel confident in any situation with our quick, painless gummy smile treatment.


All consultations with our doctors or registered nurses are complimentary.

Make an informed decision about who to trust with your face, obligation free, with no pressure to proceed with your treatment.

All gummy smile treatments are $199

All review appointments are free of charge.

Treatments to compliment

LED Light Therapy

LED phototherapy is the perfect non-invasive treatment for facial rejuvenation.


Anti-wrinkle injections act to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, giving a relaxed and naturally youthful appearance.

Dermal Fillers

Replace lost volume, or augment tired and hollow facial features with our premium range of Dermal Fillers.

Lip Enhancement

Whether you are looking for a subtle increase or a Hollywood pout our medical professionals can provide the perfect look you desire.


Before and After

Before 2 weeks and after gummy smile treatments

Before and After

Before and 4 weeks after gummy smile treatments

*Disclaimer - Results may vary from patient to patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a gummy smile?

Gummy smile is defined by 2-4mm of gum that is showing when smiling.

Excessive gum show during smiling can be caused by gum overgrowth, irregular teeth shape and size, or most commonly from excessive activity of muscles involved in raising the upper lip.


What causes gummy smile?

Gummy smiles are caused by overactivation of the three muscles associated with lip elevation; the levator labii superioris, levator labii superioris alaeque nasi, and zygomaticus minor. This is often genetic and tends to run in a family.

Other more uncommon causes include:

  • Excessive gum growth (gingival hyperplasia)
  • Irregular vertical position of the upper jaw
  • The size and shape of the teeth

Is a gummy smile genetic?

Gummy smiles do tend to run in the family. However, this is not the only cause for a gummy smile.

Can a gummy smile be corrected?

Yes. This is often a simple in office procedure using muscle relaxant injections to reduce the overactivity of the LLSAN (a muscle involved in lip elevation).


Will children outgrow a gummy smile?

This varies from child to child and is based on the underlying cause for a gummy smile.

Children still have developing jaw structures until their late teens. Also, gum irritation secondary to braces/orthodontic work can cause gum swelling and worsen the appearance of a gummy smile.

Asssessment later in the teenage years can provide a better clue as to whether a gummy smile is likely to persist into adult life.

Can a gummy smile be corrected with braces or Invisalign?

This is very unlikely.

Straightening teeth with either Invisalign or braces will not correct overactivity of the lip elevator muscles, change the vertical height of the upper jaw, or plump the upper lip to reduce the appearance of the upper gums.

Often, gums can be irritated from braces and Invisalign, which can lead to gum thickening (gingival hyperplasia) and a more prominent gummy smile.

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Kellie W Jul 20, 2019

Wonderful and helpful team, always willing to go the extra mile to fit you in and make sure you are happy!
Mary did a wonderful job, she is fantastic! The reception is super helpful and quick with response to any troubles you have.
Highly recommended!

Christine P Sep 10, 2019

This is the best clinic I’ve ever been to. They are lovely, explain everything to you and are very gentle. I can highly recommend this clinic

Jordan D May 26, 2019

I cannot fault Contour Clinics. From the service at reception to getting the procedure done, my experience was absolutely amazing. Dr Josh was so professional, honest and friendly. He made me very comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.


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