Botox, a brand name for botulinum toxin, has become a household name in the world of cosmetic procedures. It is injected into the muscles to temporarily paralyze them. Often, Botox is used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. While cosmetic procedures first come to mind, Botox can also be used for a variety of medical purposes including:
- The treatment of chronic migraine headaches
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle spasms
Although Botox treatments have traditionally been performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, some dentists also offer these procedures in a comfortable and familiar setting. At New Look Dental, our resident dentist Dr. Andersen offers a full range of Botox treatments right in our West Kelowna practice.
Botox can be used in dental treatments
Some conditions directly related to the teeth and mouth can be treated safely and effectively with Botox. Because of this, many dentists have been practicing Botox for years!
Your dentist may offer Botox as a treatment for:
- Gummy smiles as a result of excessive gum tissues
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Lip lines and puckered chins
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders. TMJ Disorders can cause severe pain in the jaw and neck, and Botox can be used to relax these muscles for quick relief.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding).
Here are some reasons why you should consider getting Botox treatments at your dentist’s office:
Dentists specialize in facial anatomy and structure
Dentists are highly qualified medical professionals who have undergone extensive training in facial anatomy. Dentists are trained specifically in the oral and maxillofacial areas of the face, allowing them to safely administer botox for cosmetic or medical purposes.
Because Botox affects the appearance of your face, it is important that the administering practitioner has a deep understanding of these areas. Dentists are trained to look at the face as a whole, not just the teeth. They have a keen eye for facial aesthetics and can assess how the appearance of the teeth and gums can impact the overall look of the face. This helps patients achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Further, when you receive Botox treatments at a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, the injections are normally performed by nurses, rather than the doctor themself. At New Look Dental, all Botox treatments are administered by Dr. Andersen, who specializes in this procedure.
Dentists can provide safe and comfortable Botox treatments
Because dentists administer injections and anesthetics to the facial region on a daily basis, they are experts at quick and relatively painless injections! Your dentist will ensure that your botox treatment is fast and easy.
Botox injections are safe and effective when administered by a qualified medical professional. Dentists who are certified to administer Botox injections have undergone specific training and are well-equipped to provide safe and effective treatments.
Dental offices provide other treatments that can be done in tandem with Botox
Many patients undergo Botox treatments to look more youthful, and to tighten and brighten the face. Your dentist can offer a range of treatment options to compliment Botox injections, like teeth whitening and veneers. This allows patients to receive a variety of cosmetic treatments in one place.
If your current dentist offers Botox treatment, their knowledge of your medical history is an added bonus.
Choose New Look Dental for your Botox provider in Kelowna
Dr. Andersen has trained extensively in Botox administration. Whether you are seeking Botox treatment for medical or cosmetic purposes, our highly trained staff will ensure you are informed, comfortable, and thrilled with the results. Get in touch with us today for a consultation!