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We all strive for a smile that makes us feel confident. Botox has been used for many years to help improve the appearance of aging whether it be lines, wrinkles and folds. However, as time has passed more uses for Botox have been discovered. Some of these new discoveries consist of how to improve one’s smile through Botox treatments. For many years, dentists have lessened the appearance of gummy smiles through surgical procedures. These procedures consisted of crown lengthening and gingivectomies. A less intrusive option would be dental laser and Botox. How does Botox work when it comes to improving a gummy smile? Well firstly, Botox is injected into the muscles that control and elevate the upper lip, the muscles are relaxed and allows them to hide more of the gums. You’ll see the results within 24 to 36 hours and there is no downtime. However, the results last 6 months so you will need to be returning to your injector for more treatments.

Furthermore, upper and lower lip lines can be improved with Botox as well. Upper and lower lip lines can be caused by age, genetics, excessive sun exposure, along with other things. The way Botox injections treat these specific lines is that they are injected between the lip and skin which causes the orbicularis muscle to relax. Not only will the lip lines be diminished but it’ll also create a fuller and more youthful appearance for the lips.

Not only can you improve a gummy smile and smile lines with Botox, but you can also improve a down turned smile as well. A down turned smile is usually due to an overactive depressor angulu oris, which is a muscle in the lower part of the face. Botox can be injected to make the muscles less active. The Botox is injected to weaken the muscles that pull down the corners of the mouth, which as a result it allows the corners of the lips to rise.