Botox and fillers are facial injectables that contribute to a more youthful and aesthetic appearance. In Cosmetic Dentistry, botox is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and facial lines, while dermal fillers are used to increase volume in the face, such as in the lips.
However, botox and fillers have uses in dentistry that extend past mere cosmetics.
Botox has been shown to offer patients relief from bruxism, muscular pain from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ), assist in fitting new dentures into the mouth, and improve gummy smiles. If you’re interested in getting Botox or dermal filler, schedule a consultation with us at The Smile Lounge to find out if it’s right for you.
Injecting Botox into the muscles that move your jaw can reduce teeth grinding and clenching.
During your consultation, your dentist will go over your dental history with you and ask about your goals in achieving the perfect smile and whether Botox or fillers are right for you.
A thorough oral exam will be performed to check for any other dental issues such as decay before carrying out the treatment. If you suffer from certain muscular disorders or suffer from bruxism that you are hoping Botox will address, your dentist will examine the effect this has had on your teeth.
After the oral exam, the dentist will determine which procedure will garner the best results, whether that be Botox, Dermal filler, a combination of the two, or some other combination.
Botox is injected into the desired areas of the face to freeze the muscles and prevent the formation of wrinkles. Dermal fillers are also injected into the desired area to create plumpness. It contains hyaluronic acid and other substances to create volume in the face where volume has been lost, such as in the lips, cheeks, or around the mouth.
Yes, Botox and dermal filler are FDA approved and dentists need to be trained to administer botox and filler injections. You may be wondering why a dental practice would offer these services, but dentists are highly trained and knowledgeable about facial anatomy and facial muscle function.
There are many cosmetic and functional benefits of receiving Botox and dermal filler. The benefits of Botox include:
- Relief from teeth grinding
- Minimizing wrinkles
- Eyebrow lift
- Reducing excessive gum appearance in the smile
- Smoothing out existing wrinkles
- Reducing crow’s feet, frown lines, & bunny lines
The benefits of dermal filler include:
- Plumping the lips
- Adding definition to the lips
- Reducing marionette lines
- Reducing nasolabial folds
- Increase in definition in chin and cheeks
Botox is a minimally invasive alternative to gingival surgery or crown lengthening to reduce gummy smiles