Our Maple Ridge dentists are qualified to provide Botox® as a therapeutic and / or cosmetic treatment option.
What is Botox?
Botox is also referred to as Botulinum Toxin. This purified protein is used in dentistry to prevent facial muscles from contracting, producing therapeutic benefits and helping them to relax.
When injected into the muscles Botox releases neurotoxins, which prevent contractions. This treatment may be used to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles. As part of your cosmetic dental care, our dentists are qualified to administer Botox to temporarily relax a patient's muscles and offer aesthetic benefits.
Our dentists can use Botox to provide these therapeutic treatments for our patients in Maple Ridge:
- Treatment of Jaw Pain or TMJ Pain
For patients who clench or grind their teeth, Botox may be a good option for those who are unable or unwilling to wear a night guard during sleep.
Botox treatment may also be a good option for patients with recurring TMJ or jaw pain despite wearing a night guard.
Botox is injected into facial muscles involved in grinding or clenching to weaken or minimize these muscles. This can relieve the strain and stress that causes pain in a patient's jaw and TMJ.
- Treatment of Headaches
Many individuals suffer from various headaches including migraines or migraine-like headaches as a result of clenching or grinding, or due to their bite.
Botox treatment may effectively reduce or eliminate certain types of headaches.
- Prevention of Daytime Teeth Damage
While most patients might tolerate a night guard well and find it effective in preventing clenching or grinding of teeth while they sleep, this is usually not a practical option to wear during the day.
Unfortunately, patients with a tendency to grind or clench during the night will likely also grind or clench during the day.
Botox treatment can be used to weaken the jaw muscles to help reduce the tendency to break teeth or dental restorations such as fillings or caps.
Our dentists at Alouette Dental Centre also offer these cosmetic treatments using Botox:
- Gummy Smile & Jaw Line Reduction
For some people, a long upper jaw or an overactive upper lip results in much of the gums appearing when they smile. Botox can be used to relax the muscles in the upper lip or reduce or eliminate the display of gums.
Botox treatment for jaw muscles can help to relax them enough that over time, a person's jawline may gradually change to a more slimmer, less square appearance.
- Smile Symmetry Correction
Some people's natural smile is asymmetrical, which they may not like.
Depending on where the smile is asymmetrical, Botox can be used to even out a person's smile.
- Wrinkle Reduction & Prevention
Botox can be used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles.
At Alouette Dental Centre, our team's philosophy is to use Botox treatment to achieve a result that appears as natural as possible, without impacting the way a person naturally looks or smiles.