I know I sound crazy, but I am planning on getting surgery to fix my gummy smile. I went to a well known (= expensive) orthodontist in southern California to get straight teeth and a perfect bite to help with the wear of my teeth. You definitely get what you pay for, because my teeth look nice and are healthy. Unfortunately, I have a gummy smile due to a high lip line. So even though my teeth look nice, my lip line ruins my smile. Too much gum shows and it distracts from my smile.
I am aware of my high lip line, so when I smile for pictures, I try to keep my lip from raising up too far. The problem is that a lot of times I laugh or smile and my lip goes up too far, making me feel self conscious. Also, I have gorgeous lips, not bragging, but it's the truth. They are full, well defined and people think I paid for them. Well, my upper lip thins out badly when I smile because my lip line is so high. So it makes it look like I have no upper lip!
I have been to 5+ dentists and they suggest these options:
1) Pretty much breaking my jaw and surgically placing it higher so my gums don't show as much. I would NEVER do this!!!
2) Cut my gums and put veneers on my teeth. Which, for me, would make my teeth look long and horse-like. Plus I don't want to replace any of my teeth, they are real and healthy. I want to keep them for as long as possible.
3) Botoxing the upper lip so it won't raise up too high when I smile. I want something permanent though, I don't want to get botox injects several times a year!
So I have been researching for months and I finally found a periodontist that does surgery for gummy smiles. He cuts the upper lip and places it lower along the gums, so less gum shows and the lip doesn't go up too high. It's called lowering the high lip line. It is a 40 minute surgery, you stay awake the whole time, have a little swelling and are back to normal within a week. Even though this surgery has been around for decades, I can't find anyone around here in Southern California other than him.
The periodontist is located in Beverly Hills, CA and the surgery costs anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on how bad your lip line is. I sent him my pictures and he called me personally. We spoke for about 10 minutes about my options and what he could do for me. I think I am going to do the surgery this coming June. He said it will probably be $3,000 to $5,000 for me. I think it's worth it for so many reasons, my husband thinks my smile isn't that bad, but supports me and has agreed to let me do whatever I feel I need.
What do you all think?
Sometimes when I smile I look like Jennifer Garner here and I look like I have no upper lip like her. I think my teeth look a bit nicer though, lol. ETA: THIS IS JENNIFER GARNER:
Here are before and after pictures of this surgery, you can find more here: Lip Lowering to Treat Gummy Smile – Beverly Hills Dentist Dr. Alex A. Farnoosh
This is his website: Beverly Hills Dentist / Periodontist for Your Perfect Smile