Lip repositioning is the process in which minute surgery is performed to improve the lip alignment. The surgery is required by the people with a gummy smile. Normally, with a smile, the length of gum should not be visible by more than 1-2 mm. It is considered unattractive if the visibility is more than 4mm. Therefore, this surgery is a savior for people having a gummy smile and helps them to smile in a carefree way.
The excessive gingival display is a major hurdle in overall personality of an individual. The gummy smile secondary to the altered passive eruption and tooth mal-positioning can be treated with surgery and orthodontic therapy. Patients with jaw deformities can go through orthodontic surgery. However, this requires hospitalization and causes significant discomfort.
The procedure involves restriction of muscle pull of the elevator lip muscles which leads to a reduction in the gingival display while smiling. The procedure is safe with minimal risk of side-effects.