Cosmetic BOTOX® Services & Therapeutic BOTOX® Services
What Is a BOTOX® Treatment?
BOTOX® — or Botulinum Toxin — is a protein that is purified and has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications. The protein is administered to specific areas of the face to temporarily relax a patient’s muscles.
BOTOX® treatment is not a new procedure in the medical field. It’s been around for many years, treating frown lines, wrinkles and other muscular conditions that come with aging. Dentists can also use BOTOX® for therapeutic purposes, such as complications associated with tight jaw muscles, like grinding and clenching teeth. The use of BOTOX® in dentistry has recently become popular among stakeholders in the industry.
BOTOX® treatments can be used in two main ways within dentistry — cosmetically and therapeutically.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Applications
BOTOX® can be used cosmetically to treat wrinkles. Injections are administered to temporarily relax a patient’s muscles. This creates a smoother, younger look.
BOTOX® Therapeutic Applications
The ability of BOTOX® to relax an individual’s muscles also has therapeutic applications. It can be used to help patients struggling with dental issues, such as:
• Temporomandibular joint disorder (TJD) — dysfunction of the TMJ can lead to extreme jaw and facial muscle pain
• Bruxism — grinding or clenching teeth
• Orthodontic therapy — restraining muscle movement to keep teeth from relapsing
• Adjusting to new dentures by fixing irregular muscle contractions
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatment Work?
Botox cosmetic treatment uses a very simple mechanism. It works by releasing neurotoxins, which prevent the muscles of the face from contracting. When injected into the facial muscles, Botox attaches itself to the nerve endings, blocking the release of neurotransmitters to the central nervous system. This helps in relaxing the muscles of the face. Cosmetically, this gives patients a more youthful look. However, it’s also used to relieve painful dental conditions.
Does a BOTOX® Treatment Hurt?
BOTOX® treatment is painless. However, your doctor may use ice packs on the injected areas to prevent the possibility of swelling and discomfort.
Does BOTOX® Have Any Side Effects?
The side effects of BOTOX® treatment are mild, and they go away within a few hours or days after treatment. Potential side effects include:
• Allergic reactions
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The dentist will conduct a consultation ahead of time with patients to discuss the procedure and address their questions. However, after this initial consultation, a typical BOTOX® treatment session takes less than 10 minutes. This time can vary depending on the severity of your condition, the number of injections you need and your overall diagnosis. Some patients require subsequent visits to the doctor every three months.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
You may start noticing results within two days, but this depends on your genetics and whether you are addressing a cosmetic or a therapeutic issue. The effects of BOTOX® treatment typically last between three and six months. Some conditions, like TJD and bruxism, will require routine visits for additional injections.
How Is BOTOX® Administered?
BOTOX® is injected with little or no discomfort with a tiny syringe just below the skin surface. The complete effects are seen within the first two weeks, and they last three to six months.
Why Are Dentists a Great Choice for BOTOX® Administration?
In many ways, dentists are the best providers of BOTOX® treatment in the health care industry. They offer distinct advantages you may not find at other locations where BOTOX® is administered, including:
• Dental practices have strict sterilization protocols, giving patients “mini hospital” conditions
• Dentists have exceptional knowledge of the head and neck anatomy
• They are extremely competent and comfortable using needles
Where Can I Get Dental BOTOX® Treatment in Canada?
There’s no doubt dentists are the best people to administer BOTOX® injections due to their familiarity with the anatomy of the head. If you’re looking for a dentist offering BOTOX® cosmetic treatment in Canada, your search stops here. Take the next step and contact Dental Choice or book an appointment online for a free meet and greet today.