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Dr Garrett uses old but new techniques to enhance your smile.


Jane has beautiful teeth but when she smiled, all you saw were her gums. When she smiled, her upper lip stretched up so high that a ribbon of pinkish gum was exposed, giving her a so-called “gummy smile.” She hated it.

Gummy smiles occur for a variety of reasons, most commonly a short upper lip, excessive gum tissue or small teeth. Doctors who specialize in cosmetic procedures estimate that about 14 percent of women and 7 percent of men have excessive gingival exposure when smiling.


In the past, surgery was the main treatment option, but that is often costly and painful. Laser therapy is also sometimes used. Now people are going another route, Botox and Dermal fillers like Juvederm.

Relaxing the Upper Lip

For the last few years, dentists have been injecting Botox into the upper lip “elevator” muscles. It paralyzes the muscles, inhibiting contraction of the upper lip when smiling to prevent the gummy smile.

In contrast to surgery, Botox is quick and easy, doctors who do the procedure say.

Gentle Lip Enhancement (Without Surgery)

Over time, some unwanted changes take hold of our faces. Some of these have a more intense aging effect than others. One that’s universally disliked is loss of lip volume. Without the same full, luscious lips, you look older and less attractive. Flattening lips will also lead to wrinkles above and below the mouth.

Fillers, like Juvederm, are an ideal option for patients seeking subtle lip enhancement – and hoping to avoid invasive treatment. When you think about plumping your lips, you don’t ever want to look cartoony or unnatural. In order to end up with the gentle results you’re really seeking, you’ll need to do two things: find a talented provider, and ask about dermal fillers. Fillers allow for delicate tweaks to be made to your lips, resulting in a wholly natural-looking plumping.


Fillers for Black Triangles in Your Smiletreating the dreaded black triangle

Our gums are also prone to losing volume over time. This loss of gum tissue can be sped up by so many different dental problems, ranging from gum disease to bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) to orthodontic treatment.

When your gum tissue recedes, you’re likely to see a change across your smile. Sensitive or dark areas of the tooth roots may be revealed, and the balance of the tooth-gum ratio may be off. Additionally, black triangles can form between your teeth. These dark spaces add unwanted age to your smile, and make the overall grin appear dingy.black triangle 2

You deserve to have your smile stand out for positive reasons – not because it has dark spaces between teeth. With dermal fillers, you can plump the areas of your gums that need a little extra help. Minimal treatment at the gum line will puff out your gums and fill out your smile. The end result is a gorgeous grin.

Botox and Juvederm are quick procedures that are done same in our office.

Call us for special pricing and to see how we can help your smile! 901-347-3527