Did You Know That Botox Can Improve Your Smile?

Botox® has built its reputation as the go-to treatment for long-lasting wrinkle reduction, making it one of the most popular anti-aging solutions in the United States. You may be surprised to learn that having a few small Botox injections in just the right places can also greatly enhance your smile.

Here at Midtown Dental in Manhattan, we’re dedicated to helping our patients look and feel their absolute best. We know that your oral cosmetic concerns don’t always end with your teeth and gums. Oftentimes, addressing other facial aesthetic issues can enhance the results of traditional cosmetic dental treatments.

Read on to find out how Botox can keep you looking young and fresh-faced, and help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Botox and the battle against wrinkles

Botulinum toxin (Type A), also known as Botox, is a natural, purified protein that’s used to help erase fine lines and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles.

As a neurotoxin, it works by blocking the nerve signals that cause your facial muscles to contract. Administering just tiny amounts of this protein at specific points in your facial anatomy causes the muscles in those areas to ever-so-slightly relax.

For men and women who want to diminish the signs of aging, Botox is an ideal solution for dynamic wrinkles, or the deep lines that are caused by repeated facial muscle patterns and everyday facial expressions. Botox is commonly used to treat:

Smoothing out the deep creases in your forehead that make you look older or perpetually annoyed can actually go a long way in enhancing your smile, but that’s not the only trick that cosmetic dentists have up their sleeves.

Botox and smile aesthetics

When Botox is expertly injected around the muscles that help raise your upper lip when you smile, it can help even out your lip line or even help correct a gummy smile. A gummy smile exposes most of your gums when you smile.

Botox can also be used to help smooth out marionette lines, which are the deep vertical creases that extend from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Because these lines tend to deepen with age, treating them with Botox can take years off your appearance and improve your smile.

Botox is also effective for correcting facial asymmetry and relaxing tight neck bands.

Botox as a therapeutic agent

Botox is more than a cosmetic tool — it’s also a medical treatment with therapeutic applications. In dentistry, it’s used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

TMJ disorders occur when something prevents your TMJ -- the sliding hinge joint that connects sides of your jawbone to your skull -- from moving smoothly. A TMJ disorder can cause pain or tenderness anywhere in your jaw or face or make it harder for you to eat.

Although most dentists take a comprehensive treatment approach to TMJ that may include a customized mouthguard, medication, and lifestyle changes, Botox can help provide instant relief. Injecting Botox in just the right places helps release jaw tension and alleviate discomfort and pain.

A conservative procedure for subtle results

Cosmetic dentists are uniquely suited to performing Botox treatments. Not only do we have an expert-level understanding of facial anatomy and balance, but we also have finely-honed technical skills.

The Botox treatment is often used following other cosmetic dental procedures, as a final step in facial aesthetic restoration.    

Botox injections are done with tiny needles that are virtually painless. Most patients get the results they’re looking for by having several small injections throughout the treatment area. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes, and results last up to four months.

If you’re ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted, we’re ready to help at Midtown Dental in New York City. Call our Manhattan office today, or make an appointment using our convenient online booking tool.

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