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What is BOTOX?

Botulinum toxin type A is an injectable neurotoxin, better known under brand names such as Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, and Jeuveau®. Botulinum toxin type A— is a purified protein that is used in dentistry for both cosmetic and therapeutic applications. This is the most popular cosmetic procedure in both Canada and the USA and is used to smooth or soften dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that result from facial movements such as frowning, smiling, squinting or any other repetitive facial expression. The neurotoxin treatment works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles causing them to relax. As a result, this softens the facial expressions and dynamic wrinkles for a period of time.

Therapeutic Dental Applications

Neurotoxin can be used to treat symptoms and complications related to overactive jaw muscles which can result in teeth grinding/clenching or even tension headaches and pain.

Cosmetic Dental Applications

In dentistry, neurotoxin can be used in several cosmetic applications.

It can be used in conjunction with dental restorations to help reduce the look of fine lines around the mouth.

It can also be used when a patient has a gummy smile. Often the upper lip is hypermobile and by softening the muscles causing the high lip line the extent of the gummy smile is reduced or even eliminated. General uses

Botox-type injectables are also used routinely to help improve facial aesthetics. Softening the facial muscles often makes a person appear more youthful, less stressed, less angry or more pleasant.

Common areas of treatment are:

  • Glabellar lines (frown lines)
  • Forehead creases
  • Crow’s feet
  • Around the mouth (smoker’s lines)
  • Cobblestone chin