You’ve probably heard that Botox® is a great way to temporarily improve the signs of aging, but this injectable treatment can also enhance dental health. The team at Bancroft Dobrin Orthodontics in Waldwick and Teaneck, New Jersey, offers Botox as one of many treatments, and is happy to discuss how this option might align with your cosmetic or dental health goals. Call or schedule a visit online today.

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What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable medication used in a number of aesthetic, medical, and dental applications, formulated from a substance found in nature called Clostridium botulinum. This substance is toxic in specific concentrations, but the volume used in formulating Botox is perfectly safe.

When injected into muscle tissue, Botox works to limit the ability of those muscles to complete their full range of motion. The muscles are not paralyzed but they can’t attain their full strength. Botox treatments yield temporary results, and require another round of injections to extend those results.

How is Botox used in cosmetic treatments?

Botox is FDA-approved for temporarily reducing the appearance of lines and folds between the brows, across the forehead, or at the sides of the eyes (crow’s feet). It takes several injections in each treatment area to place the medication, but the process is not painful.

Botox can help smooth away the wrinkles, lines, and folds that make you look older than you feel. Many people use Botox to create a more well-rested appearance, and if your lines and folds make you look angry or troubled, you might find that treatment helps you appear more approachable in work or social settings.

How is Botox used in dental health applications?

One of the primary uses of Botox in dental health is as a treatment option for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Injections can prevent muscles in your jaw from creating abnormal tightness in the joint and surrounding tissues.

Botox injections can help relieve facial pain from TMJ and other problems. While the results only last around four months*, that is often long enough to give your body a chance to heal damaged tissues. Botox can be administered safely on one or both sides of the face.

People who suffer from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, may find relief through Botox treatment. Injections can weaken the muscles that cause the grinding motion, giving your jaw and teeth a break from undue force.

Call Bancroft Dobrin Orthodontics to schedule a consultation if you want more information. Online booking is also an option, and takes just moments to complete.

*Individual results may vary