Botox treatments and dermal fillers can help adjust your lip shape, sculpt your smile, and smooth wrinkles around your mouth. To complete cosmetic adjustments to your smile, you might consider adding these increasingly popular procedures to your treatment plan.
Botox is the common name for botulinum toxin, a protein that can be injected into the facial muscles. Botox doesn’t affect the muscles themselves—it blocks the transmitters between the nerves that move the muscles so that the muscles can’t contract. This stops the motion that causes wrinkles. Three to ten days after the treatment, the skin that surrounds these muscles smooths itself out.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are injections that can replace the fat and collagen in the skin that naturally diminish as we age, leading to deep wrinkles around the mouth and thinning lips. Dermal fillers can complement cosmetic dentistry procedures to create a truly stunning and youthful smile.
Besides its aesthetic effects, Botox has been shown to help patients with TMJ, bruxism, and facial pain. It can also help retrain facial muscles for patients with dentures or patients adjusting to certain kinds of orthodontic treatment. In these cases, it only makes sense to receive Botox injections from a trained dentist who understands both the cosmetic and the dental aspects of the procedure.
There are a number of reasons to consider going to a dentist for Botox treatment. While you might assume that a plastic surgeon or dermatologist would be the most qualified, the reality is that in most offices, it is the nurses or physicians’ assistants who administer Botox injections. While these people do have medical training, a dentist spends years studying facial anatomy and spends his or her career injecting anesthetics in many of the same areas treated with Botox and dermal fillers. We have also seen an increased number of cases delivered by ‘high street beauticians’ that have gone wrong in recent years. These ‘practitioners’ have minimal training, and are unable to purchase the best quality products, as they do not have a Dental or Medical registration number.
Many patients who receive cosmetic treatments report that injections performed by dentists are quicker and less painful than injections performed by other healthcare professionals.