As cosmetic dentists, we understand the importance of achieving an aesthetically pleasing smile. It’s essential to keep your teeth healthy, even after some procedures have been performed (i.e. porcelain veneers, dental implants, bridges, etc.).
Many people realize quickly, after getting a cosmetic dental work, is that their skin now looks more tired and wrinkly in comparison to their extremely beautiful new smile. Botox or dermal fillers can be the common next steps to achieving the look you strive for.
Your smile is not just about how your teeth look, it can be enhanced by a beautiful background such as lips, cheeks and beautiful skin.
To achieve a more natural looking smile, your skin should reflect the look of your new teeth. A very popular and safe choice could be Botox but sometimes shy away from it, not knowing exactly what it is and how it works.
Botox is a type of purified protein that aids in reducing the look of wrinkles caused by the muscles used in the face for chewing, expression, laughing or frowning. Throughout the years, these muscles create the lines on your face that can identify your age quicker than you’d like.
Botox has been used to correct or relax those muscles that cause those fine or even deep wrinkles. This purified protein is derived from bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum and has been used and perfected since its beginning in 1980.
When injected under the skin, in extremely low doses, the Botox settles in the wrinkles in your face and relaxes your muscles to ultimately lessen the appearance of the wrinkles.
Patients with deep wrinkles, neck lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines, laugh lines, and more have gotten Botox to treat these signs of aging. Botox can also be used as a preventative, it helps to reduce the risk of getting deep wrinkles in the future.
Many people are unaware that Botox can be used for more than just reducing the appearance of skin wrinkles. Thousands of patients have undergone Botox to treat disorders like TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, tightness of the jaw, clenching or extreme soreness or pain.
Because Botox is a muscle relaxer, when injected into the painful facial muscles, it can actually reduce the pain by reducing the muscle activity.
Many patients have also stated it works in relieving chronic headaches, from teeth grinding. If you experience any of the pains listed above, ask your dentis about how Botox can help.
Botox has also been used to reduce sweating. Have you ever heard of someone getting Botox injections in their armpits?
The secret is, Botox actually helps reduce the amount of sweat that can be produced in the injected area. If you feel you are an excessive sweater on or around your forehead, above your lip, under your armpits and so on, it may be interesting to consider how Botox can help. It could assist in avoiding overly sweating and staining the armpits of your favorite shirts!
Botox is injected through an extremely fine needle, into the areas where it’s needed. Sometimes the doctor or dentist will massage the injected protein with his or her fingers to ensure it spreads into all the areas it’s needed.
Botox does not spread to any other parts of the body, so there’s not worry about it sliding down into any parts of your face where it’s not needed. That’s a relief!
In most cases, many patients report not having any pain at all during the procedure. The needle is extremely fine so there should be little to no discomfort.
Patients commonly say they either feel nothing or are shocked by how little pain there is from a needle. We do understand that everyone has a different level of pain tolerance, and what may seem like nothing to some, may feel different to others.
If you know your body to have a low pain tolerance, it may not be a bad idea to have some painkillers on hand. Any over-the-counter pain medication will due. There’s no reason to have extreme pain medication for this procedure as it’s likely not needed.
It’s also important to remember this procedure is quick and easy- for most treatments it only takes a few minutes to complete. Chances are, your doctor or dentist will talk you through the whole process to ensure you mentally prepare for what comes next.
The general answer to this is no, however, many bodies heal differently. You will likely start to see the initial results within just a few days. You will gradually start to notice the Botox fully kicking in within a few weeks. Full results typically take two weeks; however, results may vary. This depends on your body.
Dermal fillers are a category of products that are implanted underneath the skin to give it volume that has been lost with age. When we’re born, we have much more elasticity and “bounce” to our skin, this is because of our excessive amounts of hyaluronic acid.
Fillers can be used to fill in fine lines, reduce the look of deep wrinkles, and also can be used to fill in your lips. Many patients say this look gives a more natural appearance, however, this can also depend on the doctor administering the procedure.
Some patients have taken advantage of both options and use Botox and Dermal Fillers in conjunction, to achieve the exact look they’re looking for.
In many cases, this may be unrealistic as you likely will only need one or the other, ask your doctor about which option may be the best for you.
It’s important to do your research on finding the right doctor for you. Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you may have, such as, what qualifications they may have?
What may be the side effects? Which brands of Botox they use and why? What is some good after-care advice? Do they have before and after pictures they can prove of their work?
It’s time to take the next step in your life in achieving a more youthful look, it may already be how you feel on the inside! See what all the hype is about and take a chance on something that could dramatically uplift your spirits (along with your dreary lines).
Don’t let gravity dictate your life, say goodbye to those pesky lines and hello to the younger and more youthful look you’ve been dreaming of!
Our Dentistry office is conveniently located on the southeast side of Aurora but also services Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Centennial, Stapleton, Green Valley Ranch, Castle Rock, Virginia Village, Parker, Littleton, and all neighboring communities.