In today’s world, the dental industry is evolving more than it ever has before. New treatments and procedures are constantly being made available, and outdated treatments are getting a refresh. In particular, cosmetic dentistry has become more popular and is one of the most common forms of dentistry.
Dentists typically offer a wide variety of cosmetic procedures, but did you know that lineup can include Botox? It’s true! More and more dentists are starting to use Botox for cosmetic dental treatments. Here are seven things you might not have known about Botox.
- Botox has dental applications. As previously stated, more dentists are starting to use Botox in dental applications. It’s been thought that more than 16% of dentists in the U.S. are using the treatment on their patients. This number has continued to grow and will keep growing as more dentists realize the potential this treatment has on improving their patients’ lives.
- Botox is more than just cosmetic. Botox is the toxin released by certain strains of bacteria. It was discovered in the 1820s, when a scientist was trying to understand the causes of food poisoning. From then on, scientists were focused on the harmful aspects of the botulinum toxin—at least until the 1950s. During this time, scientists found that the botulinum toxin could be used to relax hyperactive muscles. And thus, Botox was born. For the most part, people use Botox as a cosmetic treatment to rid themselves of wrinkles. However, the treatment has more than just cosmetic benefits. Many people use Botox to treat eye problems, overactive bladders, and much more. This led to dentists investigating the practical uses of Botox in the dental world.
- Botox can be used for TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, is a general term for problems that you may experience with your temporomandibular joint. These problems often stem from grinding or clenching your teeth or from stress-related tightening of your facial muscles. Botox releases the muscles around your temporomandibular joint and can provide immediate relief for your TMD.
- Botox can be used for teeth grinding. Bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching, can cause serious oral health complications. Many patients experience this during the night while they sleep, and have no control over grinding their teeth and/or clenching their jaws. Botox can be used to ease this problem by relaxing the facial muscles.
- Botox treatments are quick and painless. When people think about cosmetic treatments, they often first think about the “Nip and Tuck” idea that seems to always involve a scalpel. However, Botox treatments only require the use of a very small needle. While you may feel a tiny prick when your dentist inserts the needle, it’s otherwise painless. Once the Botox is injected in the target area, the procedure is done.
- Botox only lasts 3 to 4 months. Botox isn’t a permanent cosmetic or medical solution. Each inject will only last three to four months. However, some find that it to be the only dental treatment that helps them.
- Botox is a precise treatment with natural results. Many dentists are using Botox as a part of full mouth reconstructions. Severe dental complications can cause many structural and cosmetic problems around your mouth. Botox can improve wrinkles and other problems around your mouth after full mouth reconstruction. The best thing about it is that your dentist can apply it precisely and achieve results that don’t look plastic or awkward.
Botox is a treatment that is becoming more popular in the dental world. If you think it might be something that can help you with your oral health complications, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with more questions. Our Botox treatments are completely safe and effective.