Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

The Blog What is a Gummy Smile?

We all want to have the best smile and beam confidently when we walk into a room or smile for the camera. If your smile is causing you to feel embarrassed or self-conscious, there are cosmetic procedures that can be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile and make you feel better. It can all be achieved without having to go under the knife.

What does it mean to have a gummy smile?

A gummy smile refers to someone who has an excessive gingival display. It means that a lot of your gums are on display and may appear out of proportion. If there is 2-4mm of gum showing, you are considered to have a gummy smile.

There are different reasons for this. It could be that there is more gum tissue, which makes the teeth appear shorter. It could be because the upper lip is thinner or because of the position of your upper jaw. It can also be down to the size and shape of your teeth.

Sometimes, a gummy smile can be genetic as they often run in families.

The good news is that there is something that can be done to reduce your gummy smile.

Using lip fillers for a gummy smile

Lip fillers or dermal fillers are a great option for anyone with smaller upper lips. To carry out this treatment, your expert clinician will target lip filler to give your lips more volume and shape to hide your gums when you are laughing or smiling.

This option gives more balance to your mouth.

Muscle relaxant injections

Muscle relaxant injections can be used to elevate the upper lip, and they are a good option if your gummy smile is caused by overactive muscles.

Muscle relaxant injections cause there to be a subtle lowering so that your gums do not show when you are laughing, smiling or talking. It works because your relaxed muscles do not pull on your upper lip like they may have previously done.

It takes only two injections, one on each side of your mouth, to complete this treatment, and it makes it a cost-effective option.

Your treatment

Treatment options for a gummy smile will be discussed with you. At Contour Clinics, you can expect to have minimum discomfort during your treatment because we use an ultra-thin needle and apply ice to the area. We can also use numbing cream and/or happy gas if it is required.

You can expect your results to last between 3-4 months, but they can last longer.

Contact Contour Clinics

At Contour Clinics, we only ever use premium injectables and expert clinicians carry out all our treatments for the best results. We also offer complimentary top-ups or corrections as part of our guarantee when our suggested treatment plan is followed.

If you want to get the smile you have always wanted without going under the knife, come along to Contour Clinics. You can book your complimentary consultation today, have a facial assessment and find your ideal option.

As seen on

Contour Clinics on Ten
Contour Clinics on Cosmechix
Contour Clinics on OK! Mag
ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Contour Clinics on Stay At Home Mum
Contour Clinics on Triple J Hack
Contour Clinics on Costhetics
Contour Clinics on Phalloboards
Contour Clinics on Mums of the Shire

Are you ready?

Book Now

Not ready to book? Still have questions? Leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

or call us on 1300 233 803


Nam tempus ultrices felis vel fermentum. Nulla nec varius ex. Suspendisse potenti. Aenean nec purus sed nulla aliquet rhoncus.