Nearly 4.4 million botulinum toxin type A injections (including Botox® injections) were administered in 2020 一 a whopping 459% increase from 2000! Botox does wonders for smoothing away forehead wrinkles and eyebrow furrows, but that’s not all this injectable can do.
Dr. Roberto Palmieri, accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, is happy to offer Botox here at Palmieri Dentistry in Mooresville, North Carolina. In this blog, he shares five problems that Botox can help improve.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, occurs when you clench and/or grind your teeth while you sleep. Stress, misaligned teeth, and sleep apnea can all contribute to bruxism. If untreated, bruxism can cause uneven wear-and-tear on your teeth and lead to fractures or chipped teeth.
Botox can help relieve grinding and clenching by relaxing specific muscles. This can help you avoid the unwanted complications of bruxism like a sore jaw, temporomandibular joint pain, and chipped teeth.
A gummy smile reveals more gum than you’d like, but Botox can help treat a gummy smile by relaxing your upper lip. When your upper lip is relaxed, it reduces the amount of gum that’s revealed when you smile.
Botox is FDA-approved to treat migraines, and the American Migraine Foundation attests that Botox reduces the severity and frequency of chronic migraines. According to the foundation, Botox works by blocking the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission.
This is perhaps the most well-known issue that Botox addresses, and for good reason: It works. Botox reduces the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, such as forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.
Do your eyebrow furrows make you appear more tired or older than you are? An eyebrow lift with Botox relaxes the muscles underneath your eyebrows, which then smooths out your skin. The result? A more youthful appearance.
If you’re considering Botox to help improve one of the problems discussed in this article, you might wonder what it’s like to get Botox. Does it hurt? Is there a lot of aftercare required?
There are many reasons to consider Botox. This injectable:
You can prepare for your Botox injection by following any pre-injection instructions from Dr. Palmieri. This may include avoiding blood-thinning supplements such as vitamin E or ginger. Avoiding antioxidants and blood-thinning supplements can help reduce injection-site bruising.
If you’re unsure if you should temporarily pause any of your supplements before your treatment, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Palmieri.
During the actual procedure, you may feel a brief pinch. Each injection is quick, and with a trained professional, you may barely register the pinch. That said, you can reduce any residual discomfort with a cold compress during the first 24 hours after your treatment.
If you’re ready to experience Botox for yourself, call our office at 704-247-6336 to schedule a Botox consultation. You can also book your consultation online.