Lip Lowering vs. Jaw Surgery for Gummy Smile

If you have a gummy smile, chances are, you have considered trying to have it corrected. Although gummy smiles, where the upper lip exposes too much of the gum, are caused by natural genetic variations, many men and women feel self conscious about their appearance and will hold back their smiles or won’t smile as often. Being able to express yourself is good for your mental health, so feeling self conscious about your smile can have serious psychological effects; fortunately for these people, correcting a gummy smile is much easier than ever before.

In the past, one common way to correct a gummy smile was with painful jaw surgery. With today’s lip lowering surgery, ridding yourself of a gummy smile is simple and requires much less downtime.

What is Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)?

Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is the traditional way of correcting a gummy smile. It often involves breaking the upper jaw and removing pieces of the bone. The surgery is complex and requires a long recovery, depending on how extensive the procedure is. Jaw surgery is a serious time investment, but it can produce desirable results.

What is Lip Lowering Surgery?

As an alternative to jaw surgery, lip lowering surgery takes much less time to perform and requires a much shorter recovery period. It works by repositioning the point where your upper lip meets your gums, lowering it to achieve a more balanced smile. The procedure often costs less than jaw surgery and achieves beautiful results on top of being more comfortable.

Since I started offering this procedure, I’ve seen so many grateful patients who are happy they can feel confident in their smiles. For them, it’s nice to know there are options beyond painful jaw surgery.

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