Botox is a type of protein used in the cosmetic industry. It is a neurotoxin made from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The main use of Botox is to paralyze muscles, particularly those that cause wrinkles temporarily. Botox has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic use. It has grown in popularity for cosmetic treatments, but it is also used in the medical industry. Botox has been approved for the treatment of chronic migraines, muscle spasms, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, Botox is an FDA-approved injection that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines between one’s eyebrows. This neurotoxin is injected directly into these muscles to temporarily paralyze them. Once the treated muscles of the forehead and eyes relax, the overlying skin smoothes out, softening the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines.
Benefits of Botox
The cosmetic benefits of Botox are vast. Patients who suffer from facial lines, wrinkles, and furrows caused by muscle movement can often benefit from Botox treatment. These patients may also see a reduction in the appearance of puffiness under the eyes. Botox can impact the lip area and reduce the formation of vertical lines around the patient’s mouth. Dentists may suggest this treatment for patients who have teeth that appear discolored or unevenly spaced. These benefits can help the patient achieve a healthier-looking smile over time.
Another benefit of Botox is the ability to treat the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Many dentists believe that patients with TMJ can benefit from the use of Botox injections in their jaw muscles. This treatment can provide pain relief for patients dealing with jaw pain but should be used in combination with dental treatments.
Is Botox Safe?
Yes, when performed by an experienced dentist, injections of botox are perfectly safe. At Above & Beyond Dentistry, our dentist administers all the injectables himself. That means he knows exactly what he’s doing—and the results speak for themselves! Our patients love their results and love coming back for treatments again and again.
In addition to our variety of noninvasive cosmetic procedures, we also offer a variety of restorative dentistry services to restore your smile’s youthful appearance. Many of our patients have discovered that combining cosmetic dentistry with a more youthful facial appearance helps them look years younger—inside and out.