Plastic surgeons and dermatologists were the first medical professionals to offer Botox® and dermal fillers, but these procedures have a definite place in dental practices as well. In fact, dentists are actually the best-suited medical professionals to administer these products, thanks to their advanced training in oral and maxillofacial structures. What exactly are Botox® and dermal fillers, and what do they have to do with cosmetic dentistry?
What is Botox®?
Botox®, the brand name for botulinum toxin, blocks motor neuron transmitters when injected into a muscle. The patient doesn’t experience any loss of feeling, but dynamic muscles can no longer contract. This makes it possible to smile, frown, and make other facial expressions without wrinkles forming. Botox® is minimally invasive and virtually painless. The procedure can be performed over a lunch break, and the effects last for three or four months.
Botox® for Cosmetic Dentistry
Because it targets dynamic muscles, Botox® is most often injected into the forehead, between the eyes, at the outer edges of the eyes, and around the lips. This product also has important clinical and cosmetic uses related to dentistry. Here’s a look at some unique applications for Botox®:
- Treat chronic jaw and facial pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and nighttime tooth grinding (bruxism).
- Improve the appearance of a high lip line with a minimally invasive alternative to surgery.
- Perform lip augmentation without surgery.
- Assist denture patients who are having trouble adjusting to their new dentures.
- Retrain the facial muscles of orthodontic patients.
What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers plump up the creases and folds of the face where collagen and fat have decreased with age. Most fillers contain a substance found naturally in the body called hyaluronic acid. Using a naturally occurring substance increases the chance of patient satisfaction and decreases the risk of adverse side effects. Dermal fillers take about five to 15 minutes to apply, and the results last six to 12 months.
Dermal Fillers for Cosmetic Dentistry
Injecting dermal fillers into the nasolabial folds and marionette lines around the mouth replace lost volume and create a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers can also be used to create fuller-looking lips.
When you invest time and money into a smile makeover, you want the results to help you look your very best. Consider these cosmetic dentistry-related applications for dermal fillers:
- Treat high lip lines without surgery.
- Improve lip symmetry and fullness.
- Create beautiful, younger-looking lips and skin around the mouth to frame a recent cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Beyond Dentistry Laser Center is pleased to offer Botox® injections and dermal fillers as part of our cosmetic dentistry services. Our Brooklyn dentist, Dr. Simon Kappel, has the necessary training to safely administer these treatments for pain relief and a more beautiful smile. To discuss your treatment options, please call us at 718-436-0202 or schedule an appointment online. We would be happy to discuss your needs in-depth during your initial consultation!