Do you show a lot of gum when you smile? Dentists have a name for thatâ€”it’s called a “gummy smile.” Think Miley, Gwen Stefani, and Beyonce in the early days without PhotoshopÂ®.
According to New York City Cosmetic Dentist Brian Kantor, “Gummy smile refers to an excessive display of gum tissue when smiling. The causes can range from overgrowth of the upper jaw, a short upper lip, hyperactive upper lip, as well as an overgrowth of gum tissue.” If you put your hand over your mouth when you laugh or are self conscious about smiling too broadly to avoid showing too much of your gums, BOTOXÂ® can be an easy temporary fix for the problem of a gummy smile.Â A small injection of BOT
I have been saying for years that I didn’t believe that facial exercises or muscle toning devices really work. Think of it this way: if facial exercises worked, BOTOXÂ® wouldn’t. And we all know that BOTOXÂ® works by preventing facial muscles from contracting, which softens lines in the skin. Plus, facial aging is not just about sagging or lax musclesâ€”it’s about sagging muscles, slack skin, fat loss or volume shifts, and surface damage in the form of brown spots, sun damage, red veins, and fine lines. My questions have been, “Where’s the science?,” “What are doctors saying?,” and “Has anyone published a study?”
Well, a new study published in the January 2014 issue of the