How Botox Can Enhance Your Smile

18 June 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Your dentist works diligently to help you have a healthy, gleaming smile. Between routine cleanings, complex dental care, and cosmetic dentistry treatments, your dentist wants you to feel confident about your teeth. No matter how much effort you and your dentist put in to perfecting your smile though, if your surrounding skin is starting to show signs of aging or if your jawline isn't the right shape, you still might not have the smile you dream about. If you've tried microdermabrasion, laser skin tightening, or other cosmetic treatment, and haven't had the results you want, it's time to talk with a specialized dentist about Botox services.

What Botox Does

Some men and women have a squared jawline that makes them feel self-conscious about their appearance. While you can't do much to change your bone structure -- unless you have an invasive plastic surgery procedure -- you can certainly work to change your muscle tone throughout your face and jawline. Botox helps reduce muscle tension, which smooths and rounds your face. This is particularly beneficial for women who are self-conscious about masculine features.

Botox can even help relax facial muscles that pull your lips down and make you have a seemingly permanent frown. Some dentists have specialized training on precisely where to inject Botox, so they can also use it to help smooth out wrinkles between your brows, across your forehead, or next to your eyes (crow's feet). If you need to fill in areas where you've lost volume, your dentist might suggest pairing your Botox service with dermal fillers.

How Botox Works

Botox is a safe and purified form of botulinum toxin. When injected, Botox interacts with signals that cause muscle contractions and tension. It immediately allows muscles to relax, which helps your skin smooth out naturally. This benefit also helps minimize the appearance of jowl muscles that may be causing your squared or uneven jawline. 

When to Expect Results with Botox

What's particularly beneficial about Botox is that it goes to work right away. You might even notice an improvement in your appearance before you leave the office. In general though, it takes up to 48 hours to experience optimal results after Botox injections. While your results aren't permanent, they are long-lasting. Expect your Botox treatment to last as long as four months or more. 

Talk with a dentist about Botox to help enhance your jawline and improve the appearance of your smile. Because treatments take less than 15 minutes, you can easily schedule your Botox treatment during your lunch break.