Botox and Fillers in Chicago
The Benefits of Botox Therapy in Dentistry
When you think of Botox, you most likely think of its most common use, which is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. Botox is made from Botulinum toxin, and when used correctly and in the proper doses, it can have a wide-reaching variety of positive effects.
At The Dental Standard, we pride ourselves on offering a transformative dentistry experience, with evidence-based approaches to bring you dental excellence. One of the ways we do this is through Botox. Dr. Vlad Crutcher, the founder of The Dental Standard, has a background in cosmetic dentistry, which enables him to envision and perfect the aesthetic possibilities of each patient’s smile and surrounding facial areas.
Reasons that patients might come to us for Botox therapy include:
- Lessen the appearance of lip lines
A dentist has a comprehensive understanding of the functions of the mouth and the areas that are most likely to experience creasing due to overuse, so there is no professional better than a dentist to address this. We have a steady hand and will be able to target the exact problem areas in order to lessen the appearance of lines surrounding the lips with precision.
- Providing facial rejuvenation
Dentists, particularly cosmetic dentists, have a unique familiarity with facial anatomy. Thanks to this level of familiarity, our patients can trust that they are in good hands when it comes to making minor cosmetic adjustments to their face. The goal of Botox and dermal fillers will not be to change the appearance of the face. Rather, the procedure can provide patients with a sense of rejuvenation, smoothing out unwanted lines and allowing patients to put their best face forward.
- Adjust your lip shape
Cosmetic dentists have an understanding of the most desirable lip shape and size in relation to the teeth, and can use Botox to adjust accordingly.
- Reduce the appearance of a gummy smile
One of the most common reasons a patient might come to a dentist for Botox is to help reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. For those who feel self-conscious about the appearance of excessive gums, Botox can be an amazing solution. This treatment works by injecting a small amount of Botox into the muscle responsible for lifting the upper lip when smiling. When the facial muscles contract intensely, Botox helps soothe the muscles and lessen the visibility of the gums.
- Create a smoother transition from natural teeth to dentures or dental implants
Dentures and dental implants can be an effective solution to missing teeth, but when your teeth are a different size than what you are used to it can cause discomfort in some patients. Botox treatments injected around the muscles of the mouth can help relax the area and relieve discomfort caused by dentures, dental implants, or an orthodontic service.
- Reduce teeth grinding
Excessive teeth grinding can lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged or lost teeth, and a variety of other dental issues. By injecting a small amount of Botox into the angle of the jaw at the masseter muscle, which is the muscle responsible for moving the jaw, the muscle will be weakened. This will help stop involuntary teeth grinding.
- Alleviating symptoms of TMJ disorders and jaw tension
TMJ disorders are marked by jaw tension and pain, difficulty chewing, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint. Some patients with this issue might also experience pain in and around the ear and facial pain. When Botox is injected into the affected jaw area, it can help to relieve pain by preventing the muscles from engaging in excessive movements.
- Alleviating migraine symptoms
Botox is an FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraines. An individual is considered to have chronic migraines when they experience headaches for 15 or more days every month. Botox is injected around the pain fibers that are involved in headaches. The substance enters the nerve endings at the injection site and blocks the release of the chemicals responsible for pain transmission. A single treatment typically lasts 10-12 weeks. In a clinical trial studying its effects, patients reported that two Botox treatments reduced the severity of their headaches by 50%.
Benefits of Botox therapy include:
- The sessions are typically quick and do not take longer than 30 minutes.
- The results are relatively long-lasting, extending for about six months before a follow-up treatment, depending on the type of Botox therapy performed.
- Injections are minimally invasive and virtually painless.
- Botox injections are more economical than surgical alternatives.
- Patients will notice results quickly.
- Injections can be adjusted to fit each individual’s goals and needs.
- Our dentists will customize the treatments to look natural within the patient’s face and appearance.
- The treatments require minimal to no downtime and allow patients to solider on with an extra boost of self-confidence.
Improve Your Appearance and Boost Your Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry
Offering Botox therapy is only one of the ways our team is committed to improving our patients’ self-confidence. Our philosophy when it comes to helping our patients address their insecurities is more than skin-deep. We understand that when you look your best, you feel your best, and this translates into other areas of your life. Whether you are interested in one of our Botox services, another cosmetic dentistry service like a smile makeover, or any of our other dental services, you can trust that our team will help you put your best smile and your best face forward.
To learn more about what The Dental Standard has to offer or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at (312) 757-8060 or contact us online!
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