At Future of Dentistry, our commitment to healthy body dentistry means we don’t just want you to be healthy; we want you to feel healthy. And that means feeling good about the appearance of your teeth and your smile.
That’s where facial esthetics come in. Through minimally invasive treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers, we can make sure you look as good as you feel.
What is Botox?
Botox injections are one of the most common facial esthetics procedures performed today. Botox functions as a muscle relaxer often used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Because we can precisely pinpoint problem areas, Botox can be used to address a variety of concerns, from cosmetic issues to pain relief.
Botox injections are minimally invasive and cause only slight discomfort, and perhaps best of all, require no recovery time.
The effects of Botox treatment can be seen in just a few days, maximize after just a couple of weeks, and generally last for several months. It is the rule of 3’s – three days to see any difference, 3 weeks to notice optimal results, and 3 months before it starts to wear off.
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What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are another staple of facial esthetics work. These injectable gels can plump lips, reduce lines and wrinkles, and restore volume and fullness.
The effects of dermal fillers are seen immediately and can last for several months to several years, depending on the type of procedure and filler used.
Uses for Botox and Dermal Fillers in Dentistry
Dentists might not be the first professionals that come to mind when you’re considering facial esthetics, but they should be! Our dentists are highly trained in the nuance of facial anatomy, making them your ideal partner for addressing both cosmetic and dental health issues.
Lip and face aging
Your face is the first thing people see when they meet you, so it’s no wonder that facial appearance has a huge impact on overall confidence.
Unfortunately, facial skin can lose volume over time, which contributes to the appearance of aging. Through the use of facial esthetics procedures like Botox and dermal fillers, this volume can be restored, leading to a more youthful appearance.
The lips, and the soft tissues around the mouth, are just as important as healthy teeth for a beautiful smile.
High lip lines
Using the combination of Botox to relax lip muscles and dermal fillers to add fullness, we can enhance your smile in just one treatment.
We know how important it is to have a smile you can feel proud of.
If you’re embarrassed by how much of your gums show when you smile, we can help. Our dentists will evaluate the cause of your “gummy smile” and explain treatment options.
One common reason for a gummy smile is the upper lip simply rising too high, exposing additional gumline. Like treating high lip lines, Botox injections can relax the upper lip and limit how far it lifts when smiling.
TMJ disorder treatment
Botox can be used to relax the hyperactive muscles of the mouth and jaw associated with a TMJ disorder. This treatment can bring immediate relief of pain and may help restore range of motion.
The benefit of Botox for TMJ disorder is that by relaxing the problem muscles, this treatment addresses the cause of the issue rather than merely managing symptoms.
This treatment can also eliminate the need for a mouthguard.
Bruxism — the term for unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth — can cause pain and serious dental problems.
Targeted injections of Botox to the masseter muscle can cause the muscle to relax enough to stop the problematic clenching and grinding without affecting the ability to chew or smile.