October 30, 2017
You probably know about Botox as a treatment that smoothes out wrinkled or aged facial tissue to reveal more youthful, refreshed skin. Yes, it can do that — but as the years pass by, rigorous testing reveals more and more applications of Botox aside from wrinkle treatment. This injectable substance can also prevent chronic migraines as well as jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Keep reading to learn more about Botox, and how it can help you in unexpected ways, from your cosmetic dentist in Weymouth.
Botox is an injectible substance that’s primary use is to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and in the forehead. A minimally-invasive treatment, it works by inhibiting the release of a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and wrinkle. Botox Cosmetic was introduced in 2002, and since then has been continuously tested for other applications beyond producing more youthful-looking skin.
What Botox Can Do for You
The uses of Botox are wide, which is why many cosmetic dentists incorporate the treatment into their practice — like our team here at Columbian Dental! Some of the most exciting applications of Botox include…
- Reversing the signs of aging. Botox is frequently used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles in the face, particularly in the forehead and around the eyes. Botox can improve the appearance of crow’s feet, smile lines, squint and frown lines, and horizontal “surprise” lines in the forehead.
- Headache and migraine prevention. Botox is the only FDA-approved preventive treatment for chronic migraines.
- Treatment for TMJ/TMD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Botox can stop the muscle spasms that cause jaw clenching which also leads to nighttime teeth grinding.
How the Treatment Works
Botox is a minimally-invasive procedure that is completed quickly and easily at your dentist’s office. The substance is injected beneath the skin, but Botox does not cause significant discomfort. Most people compare it to the sensation of a slight pinprick.
The effects of Botox are noticeable with a few days and can last for 3 to 4 months before retreatment is recommended. If you are receiving Botox for migraine prevention or TMJ treatment, you will not receive its smoothing-out effects (unless you want to). Botox is injected into specific areas depending on what’s being treated.
If you are interested in the many applications of Botox — including preventing chronic headaches and migraines and stopping TMJ pain — please do not hesitate to get in touch with your cosmetic dentist! It could be just the thing you need to look and feel your best once again.
About the Author
The team at Columbian Square Dental provides comprehensive dental care from the comfort of a modern dental practice. With a wide range of services in preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions, they meet the smile needs of patients of all ages. Learn more by contacting the office at 781-337-6644 today.
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