Botox is a popular injectable treatment used to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. It can also be used for therapeutic purposes to treat muscle spasms, migraines, and temporomandibular joint disorder. If you are interested in reducing signs of aging, or if you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, talk to your dentist about this noninvasive treatment.
What Does Botox Do?
Botox is a highly refined form of a botulism toxin that acts to paralyze small muscles. It is injected using very thin needles into the areas being treated. It can reduce the look of wrinkles on the face, particularly the vertical line between the brows and lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth, often referred to as “marionette lines.” Botox relaxes the muscles surrounding the lines, making the lines less noticeable.
The root cause of TMD is misalignment of the jaw joint, which can occur due to malocclusion or because of muscle tension. Botox relaxes the tense muscles that are pulling the jaw out of joint, allowing it to ease back into its proper position. With the jaw properly aligned, symptoms of TMD should begin to ease within a few days.
What is Botox Treatment Like?
Botox treatment is relatively simple, and can be performed by any dentist who has undergone appropriate training and chooses to offer Botox as a treatment option. Using very fine needles, the dentist injects the Botox into the areas being treated. The needles are so small that anesthetic is generally unnecessary, but discuss this with your dentist if you have any concerns.
If you’re having Botox treatment for facial lines, you’ll see an improvement right away, but it will take a few days for the treatment to achieve its full effect. You can return to your normal schedule right away, but be careful not to rub or scratch at the treated area. This can cause the Botox to move into other areas, where it might cause unwanted side effects. To maintain the look of your diminished lines, you’ll need to go for a touch-up treatment every few months.
To discuss your treatment options, contact our team today!