Did You Know Your Dentist Can Provide Botox Treatments?

If you think that you need to schedule separate appointments with multiple specialists to get your oral care and cosmetic facial injections, think again. With expertise in facial structure, dentists are increasingly the go-to care providers for Botox® injections.

Botox, an injection derived from botulinum toxin, is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for wrinkles and other visible signs of aging in your face. Botox is also used medically for conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and facial pain. At IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Indra Quagliata combines her training in medical dentistry and facial aesthetics to give you full oral and facial care.

Botox is one of the many tools Dr. Quagliata uses to benefit your oral health and improve your overall appearance. Here’s what you need to know about it.

How does Botox work?

Botox, a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin, erases signs of aging by smoothing the surface of your face. Botox acts as a paralytic, blocking nerve impulses from connecting with your facial muscles.

Because your muscles can't constrict, the lines and creases that appear in areas of your face like your forehead and the corners of your eyes smooth out, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. You don't lose any sensation, although your facial expressiveness is somewhat reduced.

The procedure isn't permanent. Botox injections last for about three to four months and then need to be repeated to maintain results. If you use Botox regularly, your injection appointments become a regular part of your schedule.

A Botox injection only takes about five to 15 minutes and doesn't typically require any recovery time. The results maximize three to 10 days after treatment as your wrinkles and facial creases fully smooth out under the effects of the injection.

You don't need a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for Botox

Cosmetic facial procedures like Botox and dermal fillers may have been popularized as part of medical specialties like dermatology, but a dentist like Dr. Quagliata can provide Botox treatments as safely and effectively as any plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Scheduling your Botox injections at IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry saves you time, letting you double up on dental and cosmetic procedures. With deep expertise in treating your oral and maxillofacial areas, from your chin to your forehead, we in the oral health care field have knowledge you can trust.

In fact, we inject dental anesthesia in the same areas of your face where Botox injections are commonly placed. The only difference is that we deliver Botox injections extraorally and dental anesthesia intraorally. We know the skeletal and muscular structure of your face from top to bottom and are prepared to deal with any potential complications of injectables like Botox.

In some aesthetic dentistry cases, we use Botox as a non-surgical alternative to treat high lip lines. Botox helps patients with dentures or orthodontia to adjust and retrain their facial muscles. In addition, the medical uses of Botox to treat TMJ and facial pain connect to dental issues like jaw-clenching and bruxism, problems we can diagnose and treat.

To consult with Dr. Quagliata about how Botox can improve your facial appearance or support your oral health, contact us today. We provide you with a treatment plan that's dedicated to keeping your visits short while still providing effective and long-lasting results. Call IQ Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or book an appointment online.

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