Katoomba Dental Centre

How can muscle relaxants assist in the treatment of a gummy smile?

A "Gummy smile", also known as excessive gingival display, is the term used to describe a smile that reveals a disproportionate amount of gum above the upper teeth. 

Muscle relaxant injectables can be used to treat gummy smiles, where the muscles in the top lip pull the lip up over the top of the teeth. Small injections to a specific muscle either side of the nose will lessen the amount the top lip can pull up and expose the gums while smiling.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
In accordance with recent ADA recommendations, we are operating at Level 1 restrictions. We can continue seeing patients for all routine treatments, including checkups and cleans. We will continue to screen patients before seeing our dentists, and any patient that is suspected of having COVID-19 will not be able to be treated. This protocol will be in place until at least the 31st May 2020. If you have any questions, please call us.