Enhance Your Smile & Dental Health With Expert Botox Treatment
Most of us tend to associate Botox with wrinkle treatment and plastic surgery, so it can be surprising to find that it’s also considered a cosmetic dental procedure. The reality is that Botox can successfully treat a variety of serious dental and medical issues, despite the fact that it is more known for its cosmetic benefits than anything else. Botox is an excellent option for treating the following dental health and cosmetic concerns:
- headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck
- headaches resulting from bite issues such as TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome
- persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth
- “gummy” smiles due to over-retracted upper lips
- upside-down smiles (as it takes more muscles to frown compared to smiling)
- lip lines and puckered chins
The Surprising Benefits Of Botox Treatment
Therapeutic grade Botox is a natural toxin that relaxes and immobilizes, which makes it an ideal treatment for conditions that are caused by overactive or tensed muscles. These conditions are usually caused by emotional stress, which can affect our looks and health for the worse. Chronic teeth grinding (a common condition often triggered by stress) can cause head, neck, and jaw pain, and can severely damage natural teeth and dental work if left to remain untreated. Botox provides relief from the pain and symptoms by relaxing the affected muscles, while preserving the look and health of your smile.
Of course, the cosmetic benefits of Botox are already well established. Because dentists are experts of the muscle and bone architecture of the face, their training and experience often promote more precise and natural looking results. To properly correct lip lines, puckered chins and upside down or gummy smiles, it’s important that only the right facial muscles are treated. This ensures beautiful results that appear natural, relaxed and youthful rather than frozen, strange, or awkward.
What To Expect During Treatment
Botox is administered as a simple injection, with minimal pain. The toxin is delivered in combination with sterile saline to the targeted muscles in the face. After treatment, it is recommended that you not lie down during the first four hours. During the first 24 hours after the procedure, you must take care to avoid the following:
- sun exposure
- facials, microdermabrasion
- activities that can cause skin flushing (i.e. massage, sauna, tanning, alcohol consumption)
- wearing makeup (if you must wear makeup, use sterile makeup instead)
You may experience some rare side effects, which include facial asymmetry, flu-like symptoms, headache, or redness at the area of injection. To prevent any bacterial or fungal infections, make sure that your skin is clean and free from sweat, dirt, or makeup during the first 24 hours. Though Botox is an overwhelmingly safe and effective treatment, it is not appropriate for patients who are: pregnant or breastfeeding; sick with a bacterial or viral infection; suffering from sleep apnea; or are afflicted with any form of dermatitis on the face (eczema, rosacea, etc). Botox is not a permanent treatment, as it wears off within 3 to 4 months.
Discover What Botox Can Do For You
If you’d like to know more about the Botox treatments we offer, or if you want to place an appointment, call Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-6101. If you need to reach us after regular business hours, you can also send a contact request or make an appointment online at your convenience below.