Aesthetic Lip Repositioning Procedure
During the first consultation, I informed the patient that because of the severity of her gummy smile, a crown lengthening was not going to be sufficient to address her concern. Her diagnosis was a combination of :
- Vertical maxillary excess (excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw bone)
- Short clinical crown (excess of gum tissue covering a portion of the teeth that should be exposed)
- Hyper-active lip (the muscle that elevates the upper lip raise the lip to a level higher than normal)
Hyperactive lips are frequently thin. After the lip repositioning procedure, the lip also becomes slightly everted, creating a fuller, plumper lip.