Juvederm and Botox: Aesthetic Treatments Performed by a Dentist

Posted on: January 25, 2019

Botox and Juvéderm treatments are used by qualified dentists to complement cosmetic dental work and give you a complete facial makeover. Also, the use of Botox as a part of orthodontic and maxillofacial treatments is becoming increasingly popular.

These facts are news to lots of people, and the idea of dentists that specialize in Botox and Juvederm treatments is still relatively new.

Still, many dentists — especially those that already practice cosmetic dentistry — have chosen cosmetic treatments as a career path. They go through rigorous training and become certified in cosmetic treatments. It works out great because dentists learn all about the muscles of the mouth, jaw and face in dental school.

So, if you need some cosmetic dental work, how about finding a qualified dentist who will also help you rejuvenate the appearance of your face?

How Botox treatments work

Botox is the customer-facing name of a toxin produced by the species of bacteria that causes botulism. Although the toxin is dangerous in large amounts, it has a host of benefits when administered in tiny doses.

Botox blocks the signals from a motor nerve to the muscle it serves. When a muscle is injected with Botox, it loses the ability to contract. When applied to the forehead, the sides of the eye and the mouth, Botox causes the muscles to relax, which causes the wrinkles in these areas to fade away.

What Botox can do for a person

Dentists can use Botox for both aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. It can also be used to improve the outcome of several dental treatments. Here is how dentists use Botox:

  • To correct a "gummy" smile by limiting how far the upper lip retracts
  • To provide relief from TMJ pain
  • To improve the results of orthodontic treatment by limiting muscle movement that would otherwise reverse the work done by an orthodontic device
  • To reduce lines and wrinkles from a patient’s face

How Juvederm works

With age, the skin and muscles of the face lose their firmness and volume. The end result is a face that looks slightly sunken, saggy and wrinkled. That is where dermal fillers like Juvederm come in.

Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is produced in abundance by young skin. As a person ages, the skin produces less of it.

Like Botox, Juvederm is injected directly into the skin, where it adds volume to the parts of the face that have lost their firmness and muscle mass. Because it has a gel-like consistency, Juvederm can be molded to take the form or shape that the dentist wants it to.

Juvederm can:

  • Remove marionette lines (also known as laugh lines) that run from the nose to the mouth
  • Remove frown lines and small wrinkles that line the mouth
  • Give a person fuller lips
  • Restore volume and firmness to sagging skin and muscles

Cosmetic dentistry can be a packaged deal

A dentist can give you more than a set of beautiful teeth. They can make sure that the teeth are framed by lips that are free of wrinkles and a well-defined lower face that is free of age lines.

Ready to get started?

Do you want a smile makeover and a youthful face to go with it? Then start the process and call or visit to talk to one of our dentists.

Request an appointment here: https://fortleefamilydental.com or call Fort Lee Family Dental at (201) 620-9772 for an appointment in our Fort Lee office.

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