As an orthodontic practice, our doctors are specially trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat a number of dental and facial irregularities, including neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures. This means our doctors are uniquely qualified to properly diagnose and prescribe the appropriate application of orthodontic interventions that include using injectables like Botox. In fact, many state medical boards already officially recognize and support orthodontists offering their patients injectables for both therapeutic and cosmetic applications.
The benefits of Botox® go way beyond preventing wrinkles. In fact, Botox has several therapeutic benefits as well. For example, Botox can be used to treat trigger point pain, spasms of the eyelids, neck spasms, migraines, teeth grinding or clenching as well as Bells Palsy, to name a few.
By far, Botox® is the most common non-invasive cosmetic treatment with over 6 million Botox® treatments administered each year, according to Medical News Today.
Botox® is a highly purified protein manufactured by Allergan that comes in the form of an injectable medication. It works by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles, which prevents them from contracting. This causes wrinkles to relax and soften. Beyond the aesthetic applications, Botox® has also been proven useful in treating many medical conditions like the ones listed below.
In order for Botox to be poisonous to you, you’d have to receive over 2500 to 3000 units — that’s 25 to 30 vials! A typical Botox treatment only uses between 50 to 100 units at most. This small dose is well under the 2500 to 3000 units you would need to experience a serious health risk.
The only people who end up with a “frozen” look are patients that went to a doctor that was not experienced in administering Botox. The key to natural-looking results is to get the treatment done by an experienced doctor that understands the correct amount needed to achieve the best results. After all, the goal isn’t to paralyze all muscle functionality, but rather to relax over-contracted muscles that are causing your wrinkles.
Unfortunately, Botox® won’t erase all of your wrinkles. The truth is there are two types of wrinkles — dynamic and static. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscle, thus improving the appearance of these wrinkles. However, static wrinkles don’t respond to Botox and require further aesthetic treatment. Our doctors can talk to you about which treatment is best for static wrinkles if you are interested.
Not true. Botox® can alleviate chronic migraines, teeth clenching, teeth grinding, and numerous other issues. Many of our patients when they get Botox for their forehead wrinkles notice that they have fewer headaches as a result. If you do suffer from teeth grinding, or clenching, or any other issue listed above, give us a call and we can schedule an appointment for you to talk to our doctors about the best treatment for you
Post-injection results aren’t instantaneous. Expect to see results within 1 to 3 days after. You’ll see maximum results between 7 to 12 days after you’ve been injected with Botox.
Not all fillers are created equal. In fact, different fillers do different things like:
The most commonly used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and are recognized by brand names such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, and Belotero®. What’s cool about hyaluronic acid is that it’s a naturally occurring molecule found in your body that attracts and retains water. When injected into your shallow areas your face will feel lifted, defined, and more — well — you.
Depending on the product and the patient, the results can last from 12 to 24 months. Not bad, right?! If you’re interested in learning more about fillers, reach out to us today so that we can talk to you about your options.
Botox® is a great way to treat symptoms from TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and pain caused by tension in your jaw as well. When we inject Botox into your facial muscles that are afflicted with soreness and discomfort, the Botox relieves the symptoms from TMJ and jaw tension by relaxing the muscles associated with the pain. The treatment can also eliminate chronic headaches, teeth grinding, and help with minimizing lock jaw.
Okay, here’s the skinny: on both sides of your head — at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo- mandibular joint (TMJ) which you use for talking, eating, drinking and swallowing, can get sore from overuse. If this joint starts hurting, Botox® can help relieve the pain by making your muscles less powerful, which can prevent excessive pressure on the joints from overactive muscles.
Lucky for you, we can administer Botox® right in our office. And best of all, most of our patients experience noticeable improvement within 1 to 2 days of their first treatment. And after 2 weeks, many of our patients find complete relief.
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox®, fillers, and injectables, reach out to us today so that we can schedule you an appointment to learn more.