It may not seem like it, but injectables have been in the market for a couple of decades now, and it is likely that you know someone who is already an enthusiastic user of Botox Cosmetic® or Dysport®. These are the two brands of Botulinum Toxin that have been in the mainstream market for facial aesthetic treatment, but there’s more to this product than just removing wrinkles. Next time you visit your friendly dentist in Lethbridge, why not take a moment to learn more?
You read that correctly! dentists in Alberta can be certified to administer Botox injections on their patients. And when you think about it, the inclusion of the procedure within the scope of dentistry makes perfect sense: dentists are, after all, specialized in all things surrounding the teeth, face and jaw. So when it comes to taming the muscles that cause pesky wrinkles and facial pain, a certified Botox administrator will have valuable insights. You may even have questions regarding Botox vs Dysport, and your provider will be able to outline the benefits of each based on your needs. Once you have met with your dentist to discuss your specific needs, you can map out a plan for ongoing preventative maintenance.
What can Botox do for me?
Along with gaining wisdom over the years, we also gain wrinkles. You may wear them proudly as a badge of honour, or you may choose to eliminate them. If you choose the latter, the effectiveness of injectables may be seen within a matter of a few days – quite the opposite of expensive wrinkle creams that take months to produce often-underwhelming results. If you’re experiencing any of the following signs of aging, your dentist in Lethbridge can help:
- Crow’s feet
- “Smoker’s wrinkles” around the lip area
- Smile/frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows
Relaxing the muscles, reduces the grind.
The most common use for Botox is no secret: it was first developed as a cosmetic procedure, and continues to be widely used as such to this day. However, as researchers began to take a closer look at the product, it was found that injections of botulinum toxin (the scientific name for Botox) could be used to treat various medical conditions with great success. A common ailment that responds well to Botox therapy is bruxism – grinding your teeth.
Bruxism puts a lot of stress on your facial muscles, which can cause a slew of issues down the road, ranging from mild discomfort to serious complications. These issues can include:
- Ear aches
- Facial pain
- Excessive tooth wear
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD)
- Sleep apnea
- Frequent headaches
Are you among the 10% of adults who suffer from this night time condition? We know that you can’t help it. But we can! Because Botox acts as a muscle relaxer, injecting it in the muscles that surround the jaw will relieve the tension that causes you to grind your teeth. The effects are almost instantaneous, and won’t put a damper on your daily activities.
Whether your needs are cosmetic or therapeutic in nature, don’t hesitate to turn to Able Dental Group for dental Botox treatments in Lethbridge. Start putting your best face forward; give us a call today. We will give you something to smile about.