Miami Dental Specialists by Gallardo & Lamas Now Offering Patients a Cutting-edge, Lip Repositioning Technique to Reduce Excessive Gumline Exposure

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Innovative Gummy Smile Correction Now Available in Miami, Florida

Miami Dental Specialists John Paul Gallardo, D.D.S., P.A.

John Paul Gallardo, D.D.S., P.A.

A confident, beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about your face. If you’re not happy with your smile, a periodontist can help.

Miami Dental Specialists by Gallardo & Lamas is pleased to offer patients a unique, new option to improve the appearance of unwanted gumline. Through a simple, outpatient procedure, John P. Gallardo, DDS can reduce the gum’s appearance, restoring proportion to the lips and teeth during a smile. Dr. Gallardo is one of the first periodontists in Miami to offer this specialized technique.

Excessive gingival display, more commonly referred to as a ‘gummy smile’, is characterized by an over abundance of gumline showing when smiling or grinning. This condition can be caused by a number of factors, including hyperactive lip muscles, a large jawbone, or an abnormal eruption of the teeth. The large section of exposed pink-red gumline can bring unwanted attention to the mouth, and a ‘gummy smile’ may eventually result in a loss of confidence in both teens and adults.

Up until recently, correction of excessive gum exposure has involved orthognathic surgery of the jawbone. Dr. Gallardo’s contemporary lip repositioning technique provides an equally impressive result with less discomfort and shorter recovery time. His procedure is performed in the office, under either local anesthesia or with IV sedation.

To create proportionate gumline exposure, Dr. Gallardo will remove a small section of the inner portion of the top lip. The remaining tissue is then sutured in place, creating the desired amount of noticeable gumline. Dr. Gallardo’s ‘gummy smile’ correction takes between 30 and 45 minutes to perform, and the benefits of his lip repositioning are immediate and percent.

Dr. Gallardo is excited to see the changes lip repositioning can bring to his patients.

“A confident, beautiful smile is one of the first things people notice about your face. If you’re not happy with your smile, a periodontist can help,” Dr. Gallardo explains. “Just as cosmetic surgery has been helping people improve their appearance, periodontal plastic surgery (can) help enhance the aesthetics of your teeth and gums.”

For those patients embarrassed by their ‘gummy smile’, the benefits of Dr. Gallardo’s lip repositioning technique can be life altering.

Graduating with his DDS from New York University College of Dentistry in 1991, Dr. Gallardo went on to complete his advanced studies in Periodontics at Boston University. He routinely lectures around the world on topics ranging from gum disease to dental implants. As a prolific writer and educator, Dr. Gallardo is a guest contributor for the Miami Herald, and serves as a guide to dental students from the University of Florida.

Miami Dental Specialists by Gallardo & Lamas have been serving the Miami area since 1994. Founded by Dr. John P. Gallardo and Dr. William P. Lamas, the group is dedicated to providing patients specialized periodontic treatments in a state-of-the-art, relaxing location. For additional information on lip repositioning correction for the ‘gummy smile’, contact a patient coordinator at by calling 305.447.1447 or visiting

Miami Dental Specialists by Gallardo & Lamas
2020 SW 27th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33145

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