Each year more and more patients are favoring non-invasive treatments like Botox and Fillers to maintain a youthful appearance. Many patients are now looking for a conservative approach to adding volume and smoothing lines.At Luminé Dental Aesthetics, we’re proud to offer both Botox and dermal fillers to help you achieve a fresh-faced look . We aim for natural results which allow patients to express emotions normally but without the lines.
Botox has clinical applications as well. It is also used with patients suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disease or TMD, as well as migraines.
While you may see marketing materials referring to Botox fillers, they’re two separate procedures that offer different benefits. Botox is primarily designed for smoothing wrinkles. The injection paralyzes facial muscles and relaxes them, helping lines disappear from around your eyes and in between your brows. However, Botox can’t fill in lower spots in the skin where fat and collagen have disappeared over time. That’s where dermal fillers come in. Fillers settle under the skin like fat deposits and help plump up any sunken areas. In spots where wrinkles aren’t being caused by muscle tension, this restores a more youthful appearance. Botox lasts about three months at first, but it can gradually train your facial muscles to pull less on the skin of your face. This can provide long-term reduction in wrinkles after a few repeated treatments.
Botox injections take a few days to spread through the facial muscle and relax the tissue. It takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days to see full results. Time your treatment for your next big presentation or event to maximize its benefits. Any facial muscles not treated will stay active as usual, making little impact on your normal facial expressions.
Botox is specifically FDA-approved for dealing with the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. This joint in your jaw often becomes sore due to clenching during the day and night and other overactivity and dysfunction of the TMJ system. While night-time grinding can be treated with nightguards to protect the teeth, day and night clenching requires a relaxing approach. Botox helps relax the tense inflamed muscles of the jaw so you experience less soreness, fewer headaches, and for some patients fewer migraines.
TMJ pain and inflammation is usually due to clenching, which is a response to stress. Other causes of damage to the TMJ can include car accidents, sports injuries, and habits like gum chewing or fingernail biting. Overworking the joint temporarily also leads to pain. If it’s a recurring problem, we’ll likely recommend a treatment like Botox to prevent further inflammation.
Botox in itself is not a pain treatment. For TMJ syndrome, it's to reduce the intensity of contraction. This allows muscle inflammation to resolve and alleviate of symptoms. You can still chew and bite normally, but the tension goes away so you no longer experience headaches or jaw soreness. Some migraines originate from inflammation and tension of the same group of jaw muscles. Botox has been found to provide migraine sufferers with relief and has been FDA-approved for the treatment of migraine headaches.
Many dentists that do Botox, including our team, also offer dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical option for shaping your face for a more youthful appearance. They last up to two years, giving you long-term changes without committing to a permanent alteration.
Fillers work by replacing the lost subcutaneous fat that disappears as you age. A little extra plumping here and there goes a long way in eliminating fine lines while reducing the look of deeper wrinkles. It’s easy to diminish the appearance of scar tissue as well by filling in around any raised tissue. Lips, cheeks, chins, and foreheads are all easily shaped with these injections.
Fillers and Botox work well together because they provide complementary effects. If you want the look of a facelift without the downtime or pain, we can provide a dramatic change in your appearance by combining both treatments.