It might be news to you that Botox and dentists actually do go together. Dentists are experts in understanding the muscle and bone structure of the face. Their training makes them well qualified to treat patients with Botox for a number of dental and facial muscle issues.
Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox for dental treatment has grown rapidly over the last few years. It is being used to treat conditions like a high lip line, Bruxism (grinding of teeth), Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (problems with jaw movement), loose fitting dentures, and more.
Botox is a protein that relaxes or paralyses the muscles. It is derived from a bacterium and is found in many different substances. It approved by Health Canada and is safe for therapeutic uses by trained dental professionals. Treatment is usually temporary so may need to be repeated at various intervals depending on its application.
What Botox Can Help With:
- High lip lines and puckered chins
- Adjusting to new dentures
- TMJ and teeth grinding
- Lip and face age lines
- Facial swelling or pain and excessive sweating
- Enhancing and reshaping your smile
- Headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck
- Upside-down smiles
Common Myths About Botox:
- Botox injections lead to a frozen face: No need to worry about this one. Botox treatment by your dentist will relax your facial muscles at the point of injection and not cause your face to look like you’ve just come in from the cold. Cosmetic fillers are a safe therapy when administered dentists with proper training.
- Botox is only effective for removing lines: Botox treatments to patients (as we’ve seen above) are useful for much more than treating facial wrinkles and lines. It successfully treats oral health issues and face and lip disorders.
- Botox injections are painful: Most patients report that treatments feel much like a small pinch as the needle goes into their skin. For any patient who is fearful of the procedure, a topical anesthetic can be used to put them more at ease.
- Wrinkles will worsen if you stop getting Botox: This is not so. Dermal fillers like Botox will not worsen wrinkle formation. Instead, the wrinkles will actually begin to return to their original look over time as the effects of the Botox treatment wear off.
- Botox treatments are toxic: Botox procedures are FDA approved in the US and by Health Canada. With over twenty years of use for a multitude of conditions, Botox has a long and well-established safety record. And if you are still concerned, you might feel better by knowing that it would take a dose of more than one hundred times the average cosmetic dosage for Botox to be toxic.
Most Botox treatments are simple and will last about six months before you start to see your muscles returning to their original position. At that point you can book another appointment with our dental office for treatment. If you find that the majority of the original issue has been dealt with, you may not need treatment as often.
Our dental practice looks forward to answering any questions you may have on the use of Botox for treating facial pain, oral health issues, or anything that affects your facial aesthetics. Our goal is to meet your dental health needs for the long-term.
…Dr. Amir Majeed…was excellent not only for his technical skills but for his deep and genuine concern for his patient’s well-being.
Dr. Majeed and your dental team look forward to answering any questions you may have about Botox treatments. Give us a call today at (250) 656-9321 or Click Here to book your next appointment.