Botox and Orthodontic Treatment

Botox is a revolutionary cosmetic procedure used extensively in medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology and recently the dental field. Botox was first introduced to the world in the 1960s by ophthalmologists who began using it to treat muscle disorders of the eye. Since then, its usefulness has expanded greatly and is now being used to treat all types of muscle stiffness, problems with eye coordination, severe armpit perspiration, migraine headaches, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, Multiple-Sclerosis and spine injuries. What Botox is mainly known for however, is the treatment of wrinkles. It is consistently one of the top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed each year.

Botox is mainly composed of the Botulinum toxin, which is a bacterial product that has been cultivated in the laboratory and made inactive and safe for usage in humans. It is approved by the FDA and a safe and harmless product. The Botulinmun toxin essentially reduces the activity of the muscle(s) it is injected into and causes subsequent temporary, mild, paralysis of that area. Simply put, if for example it is injected in the muscles of the forehead that are used to frown, it will cause that area not to frown as much, hence giving a more youthful appearance with less wrinkles. This is why is it also used to correct crow’s feet, frown lines, and wrinkles around the mouth S(also known as smoker’s lines).

Recently Botox has made its move to the dental field. Its main usage in dentistry is for the treatment of Temporo-Mandibular disorders, or TMD. Problems such as grinding, clenching, jaw pain, migraines can now be efficiently treated with simple Botox injections and dramatic improvements can be expected. As far as Orthodontics is concerned Botox is typically used for the correction of gummy smiles. Prior to Botox the main treatment option for a gummy smile was jaw surgery. With the invention of Botox some gummy smiles can now be treated non-surgically in one, short office visit.

Just like any other medical product, Botox can have side effects. However, if used by the right clinician, for the right candidate, it can have amazing results and can be a simple fix to problems that previously required more extensive and costly alternatives.

Please contact Dr. Salmassian at 661-222-7444 for your complimentary orthodontic evaluation and to see if Botox is the right solution in conjunction with your orthodontic needs.

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