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Extra Gums in Your Grin? Botox It

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Extra Gums in Your Grin? Botox It

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A simple smile—there’s hardly a better way to show the world who we are. Yet, for many people, their smile is, well, nothing to smile about. It’s too gummy, leading to the catchphrase “gummy grin” and, recently, to an innovative, non-invasive treatment by way of occasional Botox injections.

We’re talking about smiles that show a lot of gum above the upper teeth. These gummy grins have a variety of causes, from teeth that are too short to an upper lip that lifts too high. And, while expensive surgical options, such as reducing the gums or severing upper lip muscles, were once the main avenue for treatment, now, as the New York Times has noted, Botox is igniting a paradigm shift in how we deal with gummy grins.

“A smile says so much about the individual. Yet those with gummy grins keep a tight lid on their smiles, making sure to keep their lips pressed closely together rather than flashing a full, genuine smile,” says Dr. Tenley Lawton, a Newport Beach plastic surgeon. “Likely these individuals have been self-conscious about their smiles for years, maybe decades. Now Botox offers them a simple solution that’s easy, affordable, non-invasive and, most importantly, allows them to finally smile without inhibition.”

By relaxing certain muscles in the upper lip, Botox prohibits the lip from lifting so high that it creates a gummy grin. The result is a smile with no more than two millimeters of gums showing—the ideal in studies cited by the New York Times.

While surgery can rack up $15,000 in out-of-pocket expenses for individuals, a Botox session costs roughly $300. Most patients with gummy grins are looking at twice yearly injections. It’s a small commitment that will have gummy grinners smiling from ear to ear.

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The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.


About Dr. Tenley Lawton

Located in Newport Beach, Calif., Dr. Lawton is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in an array of services, including liposuction, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and facelift procedures. Renowned in Orange County for her expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Lawton is an active speaker locally and nationally, sharing her experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. For more information on Dr. Lawton, please visit To schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawton and to learn more about facelifts or other procedures, please contact (949) 640-0999.


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Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

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