At Country Club Dental Centre, our Nanaimo dentists are qualified to provide Botox® as a therapeutic and / or cosmetic treatment option.
What is Botox?
When injected into your facial muscles, Botox® (a purified protein known as Botulinum Toxin) releases neurotoxins that prevent the muscles from contracting and help them to relax.
This can have an aesthetic impact on the area being treated. Using Botox, our dentists at Country Club Dental Centre can provide a number of cosmetic treatments to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles and give you a more even, natural-looking smile.
Using Botox, our dentists provide the following therapeutic treatments for our Nanaimo 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.
What is Cosmetic Botox used for?
At Country Club Dental Centre, our dentists also offer the following cosmetic treatments using Botox:
- Gummy Smile & Jaw Line Reduction
Some people have either a long upper jaw or overactive upper lip, which results in much of the gums showing while they smile. Botox can be used to relax upper lip muscles to reduce or eliminate the display of gums.
Botox treatment for jaw muscles can help to relax them enough that the jaw line of a person may gradually change to offer the appearance of a less square and slimmer jaw line.
- Smile Symmetry Correction
Some people are bothered by an asymmetrical smile. Depending on where your smile is asymmetrical, our dentists can use Botox to even out your smile.
- Wrinkle Reduction & Prevention
Our dentists can use Botox to reduce or eliminate wrinkles.
At Country Club Dental Centre, we strive to achieve a result with Botox that appears as natural as possible without impacting the way a patient naturally looks or smiles.