At Cornerstone Dental Group - Dr Rex Hawthorne and Associates, our dentists are qualified to provide Botox® as a therapeutic and / or cosmetic treatment option.
What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a purified protein that can be used in dentistry. When injected into the facial muscles, neurotoxins are released, preventing the muscles from contracting and helping them to relax, producing therapeutic benefits.
Botox may also be used to reduce or eliminate facial lines and wrinkles. As part of your cosmetic dental care, our dentists are qualified to administer Botox in order to temporarily relax your facial muscles and eliminate wrinkles.
By using Botox, our dentists provide the following therapeutic treatments for our Vernon patients:
- Treatment of Jaw Pain or TMJ Pain
Botox for clenching or grinding may be a good option for patients who are unable to tolerate or unwilling to wear a night guard while they sleep.
Botox treatment may also be a good option for patients who have recurring jaw or TMJ pain despite wearing a night guard.
The Botox is injected in the facial muscles that are involved in clenching or grinding to minimize or weaken the muscles, thus relieving the stress and strain that causes pain in the jaw and TMJ.
- Treatment of Headaches
Many people suffer from various headaches including migraines or migraine-like headaches due to their bite or because of clenching or grinding.
Botox treatment may be effective in reducing or eliminating certain types of headaches.
- Prevention of Daytime Teeth Damage
Even though a night guard may be very effective and well-tolerated for most patients who clench or grind their teeth, it is usually not practical to wear an appliance during the day.
Unfortunately, patients who have a tendency to clench or grind during the night will likely clench or grind during the day as well.
Botox treatment is able to weaken the jaw muscles to help reduce the tendency to break teeth or dental restorations like fillings and caps.
Our dentists also offer the following cosmetic treatments using Botox:
- Gummy Smile & Jaw Line Reduction
Some people have either an overactive upper lip or a long upper jaw that results in much of the gums showing during a smile. Botox can be used to relax the muscles of the upper lip in order to reduce or eliminate the display of the gums.
Botox treatment for jaw muscles can help to relax them enough that overtime, the jaw line of a person may change in a way to give a less square and slimmer jaw line.
- Smile Symmetry Correction
Some people naturally have an asymmetrical smile that they do not like.
Depending on where the smile is asymmetrical, our dentists can use Botox to even out the smile.
- Wrinkle Reduction & Prevention
Botox can be used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles.
At Cornerstone Dental Group - Dr Rex Hawthorne and Associates, our philosophy with Botox treatment is to achieve a result that appears as natural as possible without affecting the way a person naturally looks or smiles.