Dental Botox Treatment
Most people think of Botox as a way of temporarily reducing wrinkles in the face. It is not often that the words Botox and cosmetic dentistry are used together in the same sentence. Dentists, however, are extremely knowledgeable about facial structure. The McDonogh Dental Associates team is well-versed in the application of Botox to further enhance the effects of your cosmetic dentistry. Through the precise application of Botox, you can upgrade your procedure’s results, giving you a stunning smile.
What Exactly Is Botox?Botox is an injectable drug composed of botulinum toxin type A, a toxin created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When used in small, precise doses, Botox keeps muscles from contracting. This effect reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Treatment only takes around 10 minutes and is the only treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce moderate to severe lines on the face. While Botox injections do have some immediate effects, the full impact of treatment occurs 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Results are subtle enough that you still look like yourself, not as if you have had major reconstructive surgery.
Is Botox Safe?Small doses have been deemed safe for use in applications such as Botox treatments. The FDA approves of all forms of Botox injections for people under 65. Cosmetic applications of Botox are even more safe than therapeutic applications of Botox, meaning the overall risk of use is insignificant. Minimally invasive, Botox is a safe and effective treatment, though it should always be administered by a trained professional.
Botox Uses in Cosmetic DentistryBotox can help in a variety of ways to enhance the results of your cosmetic dentistry. It can improve your lip shape, alter the structure of your face after the use of orthodontics, or even ease pain associated with dentures. Typical uses of Botox in cosmetic dentistry are as follows:
- Lowering high lip lines
- Treating teeth grinding
- Smoothing age lines around the lips and on the face
- Reduce facial swelling
- Reshaping your smile
- Alleviating headache pains caused by clenching jaw muscles
- Treatment of a puckered or dimpled chin