For some time now, medical professionals have been using Botox cosmetic for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are also other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin.
Apart from transforming your smile, a trip to the dentist can also help minimize the appearance of unwanted lines on your skin. Oral health care professionals can also administer Botox cosmetic treatment for you.
You may be asking, isn’t this type of treatment outside the field of dentistry?
While you are probably used to hearing Botox provided in a specialist hospital, this treatment is fast becoming a common trend in dental clinics.
Dental professionals acquire training to perform this procedure and they are also highly knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to facial structure and anatomy of the head and neck. Botox from your dentist can do more than deal with wrinkles on the skin.
How Does Botox Cosmetic Work?
Botox or botulinum toxin type A is usually applied around the lips, between and around the eyes, and on the forehead. It works by blocking nerve activity in the muscles. This then prevents muscles from contracting and as a result reducing dynamic motion that causes the appearance of wrinkles.
What Can Botox Treatments Do For You?
Botox is mostly associated with treating fine lines on the skin but it can also help improve your oral health in many ways.
It helps to relax the overactive jaw and facial muscle, hence reducing Temporomandibular Joint pain
. It can also be used to help patients who are getting dentures
done. Tight muscles are relaxed, making new dental prosthetic feel comfortable when worn.
Botox also helps maintain results after using orthodontic devices such as braces. Receding gum
or low gum line is as well reduced.
What Are the Side Effects of Botox?
Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches migraines, which end in 24 to 48 hours, can happen, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually ends within three weeks. Drooping usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don't rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lie down for one hour after the procedure.
Is insurance covered by Botox?
Botox may be or may not be covered by insurance. This depends on your locality, Geopolitical zone or your country. See certified health insurance in your area or state for additional information.
Is Botox Treatment Right For You?
As with any dental treatment, it’s important to first ensure that Botox® is the best dental solution for your needs.
Your dentist will conduct an oral examination and discuss your overall health with you. Let them know about goals you’re looking to achieve after receiving the treatment. From here, you and your dentist will see if Botox® will deliver your desired results.
So if you have any questions about the treatment, please feel free to ask your dentist. Proceed only when you’re confident that your dental team fully understands your needs.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Since Botox doesn't work for all wrinkles, you should consult with a doctor first.
Botox for Dental and Cosmetic Treatment
Botox treatment can only be administered by trained medical professionals.
The next time you need your mouth checked and hope to minimize unwanted lines on your face, you no longer have to visit separate practices.
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- Botox Cosmetic
Improve your oral health and soften lines on your skin! Contact your family dental care today to know more about the amazing benefits of Botox cosmetic treatment.