Two chemical compounds known best for their use in beauty treatments have found a place in cosmetic dentistry. Botox® is a neurotoxin historically used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists to help patients look younger. It’s also been used to help patients suffering from migraines, hyperhidrosis (uncontrolled sweating), overactive bladder, strabismus (eyes that focus in different directions), and several other medical conditions. Juvederm® is a dermal filler that is used to restore elasticity and fullness to lips and cheeks for those seeking a younger look.
The benefits of Botox® and Juvederm® have been found to provide relief for certain diagnoses in the dental world, and have established a presence in cosmetic dentistry. Patients report they are delighted with how they look and feel following either or both of these treatments. And, the effects are immediately noticeable!
Traditional Uses of Botox
A derivative of botulinum toxin A, Botox® is well-known in the realm of beauty for its myriad treatment applications. When injected by a trained dermatologist or plastic surgeon, it provides a controlled paralysis to the injection site, relaxing tight lines and allowing wrinkles of the muscles and skin to relax, restoring a younger look.
Botox Uses in Cosmetic Dentistry
Board-certified dentists can use Botox to provide relief for those suffering from constant grinding of the teeth. Botox® has been used to treat Bruxism, a disorder in which the grinding causes destruction of the surface of teeth, including implants, crowns, and the jaw.
Botox® also plays an integral part in reducing the pain associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and TMD (temporomandibular disorder). Both of these diagnoses can include symptoms of pain in the jaw and face, as well as the inability to fully open or close the jaw, regardless of the cause. Arthritis and injury to the jaw are the main reasons for a patient to suffer from TMJ or TMD. When Botox® is injected strategically, patients are happy to manipulate their jaws without pain.
Juvederm in Cosmetic Dentistry
As we age, our jaws lose bone density, which is often reflected by changes to our appearance. Sunken cheeks, tight lips and fine lines are a cause of great concern to many. The Juvederm® variety of injections adds volume to the area beneath the skin surface, making cheeks appear fuller, which makes lines around the lips seem to vanish and thin or tight lips appear healthier and fuller. It can also help better define the jawline. Dr. Viner and his staff are highly trained to select the correct Juvederm® formula to produce the results you desire.
At Viner Dental our goal is to help you live a life free from dental woes and pain. We want you to always look and feel your best. Call us now at 561-367-9922 to schedule a consultation to see if Botox® and Juvederm® are right for you.