When you’re happy, you want to smile. And when you smile, you don’t want to feel self-conscious about it. And there are plenty of things people don’t like about their smile, including showing too much gum, thin lips, marionette lines. Fortunately, these can be treated with Botox®.
Often when you think of something like Botox, you think of people getting treatments for wrinkles and other cosmetic uses. But in recent years, Botox is also used for a variety of treatments, including dental. And because Botox injections are minimally invasive, it means quick and easy treatments you can schedule during your lunch break.
Whether you need cosmetic or other specialty dental treatments Dr. Gennadiy Kravets and our All Bright Dental team serve the Mamaroneck, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut, areas with quality care and great service.
How Botox works
Botox is a protein that comes from the same bacteria that causes botulism. That might sound scary, but scientists have discovered that small, controlled doses can be used to help people in a variety of ways.
Regardless of cosmetic or medical use, Botox is generally used to relax and paralyze muscles. The resulting relaxing of the muscles can smooth skin, ease pain, or reduce symptoms of various disorders like overactive bladder or eyelid spasms.
How it can help your smile
In dentistry, Botox has many applications, including:
Botox can perfect the shape of your lips, limit marionette lines (the lines that run from the lips to the chin), and soften nasolabial folds (the lines that form from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth).
Botox injections can also help relax hypermobile lips (lips that lift too high when talking or smiling) so you won’t have a gummy smile.
Mandibular spasm and dental treatment recovery
Injections in areas of the jaw can help to relax issues if movement is limited due to spasms and other related conditions.
Relaxing the gums with Botox can make healing post-procedure easier after getting dermal implants. It can also be helpful for clenching and TMJ (temporomandibular disorder).
The botox injection procedure
Botox injections are inserted directly into the muscular tissue and can take up to two days to take effect. You shouldn’t rub or massage the treated area for at least a day. Some soreness, swelling, and bruising can appear after treatment. The effects of treatment can last for three months or up to a year, depending on what area is treated.
Botox is a low risk, non-invasive way to improve your smile and oral health. So if you’re ready for a better smile, make an appointment with Dr. Kravets and All Bright Dental today.