Levator anguli oris

  • The levator anguli oris (also levator anguli oris muscle, latin: musculus levator anguli oris) is a facial muscle close to the mouth opening that lifts the angle of the mouth.

    Origin

    The levator anguli oris arises from the canine fossa on the anterior surface of the maxilla right below the infraorbital foramen.

    Insertion

    The levator anguli oris inserts into the skin of the angle of the mouth.

    Action

    When activated, the levator anguli oris lifts the angle of the mouth, thus participating in creating a smile.

    Contractions of this muscle produce a facial expression associated with self-confidence.

    Innervation

    The levator anguli oris is innervated by the buccal branch of the facial nerve (CN VII).

    Blood supply

    The levator anguli oris receives blood supply mainly from the superior labial branch of the facial artery.