If you have an interest in anti-aging treatments, then you have likely heard of Botox injections. The benefits of Botox for wrinkles are well known. However, we offer Botox to improve your oral health as well.
At Aspire Dental Spa, we typically recommend Botox treatment to help our patients maintain a more youthful facial appearance. We may also recommend it to address the painful symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. In many cases, it is an effective, albeit temporary, alternative to more traditional TMJ treatments.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a portmanteau, short for botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is a medication derived from a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum, which is traditionally known to cause botulism, a rare foodborne illness. To create Botox, the active neurotoxin is harvested, isolated, and purified in a laboratory.
This laboratory process makes Botox completely safe and effective for treatment. Side effects, while they do occur, are rare. Most patients experience little or no complications following their treatment.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that are responsible for muscle contractions. The medication only affects nerves associated with motor function. When injected into the muscles, Botox can help eliminate or reduce the wrinkle lines caused by certain expressions.
The medication takes effect almost instantly. Over the next week or so, the Botox will continue to relax the muscles, causing the targeted wrinkles to become less visible. While the treatment is temporary, the results could last for up to six months. If you want sustained results, we may recommend Botox injections at regular intervals.
Do You Qualify for Botox Injections?
The use of Botox in dentistry has become increasingly popular in recent years. We may recommend Botox as a part of your comprehensive treatment plan to address either cosmetics or issues with your TMJ. During your initial consultation, Dr. Lisa Browning will determine if you are a suitable candidate for Botox injections.
The ideal candidate for Botox treatment:
Botox and Your TMJ
Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the complicated sliding hinge largely responsible for your ability to chew, speak, smile, and yawn. In other words, this joint allows you to move your jaw forward, backward, and side-to-side. Any problem that prevents you from properly using your TMJ is known as a TMJ disorder or TMD.
Because the medication targets the nerves that control muscle contractions, Botox can be used to control unwanted jaw clenching. People who clench their jaw or grind their teeth may be doing so unconsciously. Botox can relax the muscles, prevent you from clenching your jaw, and alleviate painful symptoms as a result.
It is important to note that Botox is a temporary solution to these problems. We may recommend Botox in tandem with other treatments, such as stress counseling or the use of an oral appliance. However, Botox can help you establish better habits involuntarily, leading to longer-lasting results.
At Aspire Dental Spa, we utilize cutting-edge treatments to ensure our patients receive the very best in professional dental care. One of our treatments, dermal fillers, can improve your facial appearance and even prevent certain skin conditions. We may recommend dermal fillers if you want to achieve a more youthful smile.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers, like hyaluronic acid and calcium hydroxyapatite, are frequently used to add volume to the face. As we age, collagen in facial areas starts to deteriorate, which results in deeper wrinkles. The most common facial wrinkles include oral commissures, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.
A dermal filler is a non-invasive alternative to other procedures such as cosmetic surgery. During the procedure, we will inject the dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restylane, or Radiesse, right underneath the skin to plump up deep lines in your face. By the end of your treatment, these lines should be much less noticeable or virtually disappear.
We may recommend dermal fillers to correct high lip lines and improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile. This type of treatment can also be an excellent way to prevent complications associated with mycosis, a disease caused by a fungus that invades the skin tissues. By eliminating deep wrinkles around the mouth, we give fungal infections less opportunity to develop, reducing your risk of mycosis.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
The effects of dermal fillers vary from patient to patient. The procedure only takes about 20 to 40 minutes, but the results can last for many months. On average, dermal fillers typically last anywhere from six months to a year. At this point, we may recommend another round of treatment.
Why Should You Choose a Dentist for Dermal Fillers?
Dentists can provide a level of care unmatched by other professionals that offer these types of cosmetic treatments. As a dentist, Dr. Lisa Browning has received thorough training in the maxillofacial areas that we often target with dermal fillers. This advanced education allows us to provide safer and more effective results.
We also administer injections daily. This continuous practice helps us ensure that your dermal filler injections are quick and relatively painless. You can rest assured knowing your treatment will be much more comfortable in the hands of a dental professional.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to their many benefits. Above all else, dermal fillers will improve your facial appearance by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, scar depressions, and other soft tissue volume loss. A more youthful facial structure is an excellent complement to other cosmetic procedures we use to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Dermal fillers are also very safe. The treatment is FDA approved, and side effects are extremely rare. Be sure to talk with Dr. Lisa Browning if you are worried about a reaction or allergy. Our extensive training and expertise will ensure the safe administration of your dermal fillers.
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