Facial Aesthetic Enhancements
The scope of dentistry has expanded to include treating the face that frames the smile. This can be the final piece of perfecting the smile using botox or fillers to enhance the look of the teeth. Botox helps to relax the lines that cause wrinkles, can help lower a high lip with a smile or even help to relax the muscles that cause clenching and headaches. Fillers are a great way to replace collagen that is lost as we age to make it seem like you have turned back the hands of time and regain your youthful appearance. Common places to use these gel-like substances are marionette lines, “parentheses,” and lines around the mouth and also enhance the fullness and shape of the lips.
Make sure to ask about these treatments at your next appointment!
These treatments relax the muscles that cause the harsh expression lines between your brows, crow’s feet and frown lines. Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting, or raising eyebrows cause skin to furrow and fold, gradually resulting in the formation of facial lines. Nothing will refresh your face quite like using these treatment! Results usually take about 3-10 days and last from 3-6 months.
The benefits of botox are even beyond the relaxing of the facial expression muscles to reduce wrinkles it can even help with painful headaches and clenching of teeth. Researchers have found that Botox injections into the chewing muscles can block the signals that tell these muscles to contract, relieving troublesome teeth grinding and clenching. Often patients have reported that by treating between the eyes and the forehead it has given them relief from headaches. We can even do a more through treatment to relief some of the trigger points in the back of the neck or top of the shoulders.
We will do a consult with each patient to make sure we know their desired outcomes of the treatment. Depending on the areas that we treat will determine the price. Generally it will be $12 a unit but prices may decrease if multiple areas are treated. There is also another botox product on the market called Xeomin that can be used that is $11 a unit.
The treatment is a simple procedure that only takes about 20 minutes to complete and we can do the treatments at your hygiene appointment for example. Some patients receiving BOTOX® Cosmetic or Xeomin report the injections feel like a pinch. After the procedure, patients can immediately resume their normal activities. Some minor pain, swelling, or bruising at or around the injection site may occur, but it is usually minimal and resolves quickly.
It is not a permanent treatment, if you discontinue treatment the moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines will gradually return. It is recommended to have the treatments done every 3-4 months to maintain the desired results.
As we age, the cellular changes that occur in our skin begin to accelerate, resulting in our skin losing a little of its firmness and elasticity with each passing year. This loss is mostly due to the depletion of collagen, the protein responsible for skin’s elasticity; however, lifestyle and environmental factors, such as stress, climate, and smoking, can also contribute to the occurrence of wrinkles.
Thankfully, we now have a way to reverse these signs of aging with JUVÉDERM fillers. They are an injectable, which means that a very fine needle will guide the gel just under the dermal layer and into the area to be treated. Before JUVÉDERM is administered, a local anesthetic or topical cream may be used to numb the area. Because dermal fillers are a minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedure, recovery time is minimal and provides immediate results.These results are immediate and last from 6 to 18 months. Patients may experience some bruising and swelling at the injection sites.