Lip Repositioning

While a glimpse of the gum line during a smile is cute, excessive gingival display is often considered undesirable. Commonly referred to as a gummy smile, a disproportionate gum exposure can result from an under or over-developed jaw or high lip position. This flash of pink is a concern to many patients, and can eventually result in a loss of self-confidence. Traditional jaw correction has been used to reverse an undesirable gum line; however, this can be expensive and requires a long recovery.


Lip repositioning surgery offers patients the chance for a proportionate, beautiful smile. The outpatient surgery brings a harmonious balance to the teeth, lips, and gums; restoring confidence in the appearance once again.

Lip repositioning case

Benefits of Lip Repositioning:

  • Immediately improves the appearance of a ‘gummy smile’
  • Creates a proportionate amount of gum, teeth, and lip
  • Gives the top lip a fuller, more aesthetical pleasing look
  • Requires only local anesthesia
  • Fast recovery with little downtime
  • Does not result in external scarring
  • Quickly restores confidence and self-esteem


Between 10% and 25% of all adults are frustrated with the amount of gum line showing when they smile. Anyone unhappy with an excessive ‘gummy smile’ may make a wonderful candidate for the lip repositioning procedure. Those patients considering surgery should be in overall good health, and understand the benefits/limitations of the lip repositioning procedure. There are several causes of a disproportionate gum line, including an abnormal eruption of the teeth, hyperactive lip muscles, and a large or unusually shaped jawbone. At the lip repositioning consultation, we will perform a physical examination to determine if this procedure will be right for an individual’s aesthetic needs.


The lip repositioning procedure is a simple surgical technique designed to restrict high movement of the upper lip. The team at our periodontist's office in Raleigh, NC, will perform the lip repositioning procedure using a local anesthetic or IV sedation. A single procedure is all that is required; usually, no follow-up surgeries will be necessary. Lip repositioning takes about 30-45 minutes to perform. The benefits of the technique can be seen immediately. As any swelling dissipates, the results will continue to improve. Patients will see a bright, confident smile as soon as they leave our office.

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

North Carolina Implants and Periodontics

Established in 2018, our practice is led by Thiago Morelli, DDS, MS. His professional affiliations and distinctions include:

AAP: American Academy of Periodontology

ADA: American Dental Association

Diplomate - American Board of Periodontology

Fellow - International Team for Implantology

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