Botox and Orthodontics

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Many people don’t realize that Botox provides many therapeutic benefits especially in the field of Dentistry and Orthodontics. Orthodontists are extensively trained in facial anatomy, structure, nerves, and muscles, and thus highly qualified to administer therapeutic Botox for pain treatment or aesthetics.

Botox is effective for a variety of purposes and in Dentistry and Orthodontics; we primarily use it for pain management, by treating pain that originates from facial muscles. Botox was approved for treatment of chronic migraines in 2010 and is also used to reduce teeth clenching and grinding.

There are both aesthetic (improves the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, gummy smiles, and smoker’s lines), and therapeutic effects of Botox (relief of symptoms associated with TMD (temporomandibular disorder, and bruxism). Botox results will reach full efficacy in 2 weeks post injection. Everyone metabolizes BOTOX differently, so results will vary but typically last between 3-4 months. After each re-treatment, less units may be required to produce similar results, and lines will return as less severe since the muscles have been relaxed.

What Is Botox?

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, is a highly purified preparation of botulinum toxin A. It acts by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles and so paralyzes (relaxes) the muscles. Injecting Botulinum toxin into the muscles temporarily reduces the activity of the muscle by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves.  Botox is injected, in very small amounts, into specific muscles, as a treatment.

Uses for Botox

Botox is not just used for cosmetic reasons. We may also recommend Botox to provide relief for pain caused by TMJ disorders, and bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Botox treatments can alleviate discomfort for patients who have frequent headaches or migraines. Most patients, however, choose Botox as a minimally invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery.

Botox is typically used to eliminate wrinkles on the forehead, around the corners of the eyes, between the eyes, and around the lips.  By reducing the activity of the muscle, we reduce the appearance of the wrinkles. Reducing your wrinkles can redirect attention to your beautiful smile. Yet, Botox can have other applications, especially when it comes to framing the smile – Botox can reduce smoker’s lines, and gummy smiles.

Botox Treatment of Gummy Smiles

Gummy smiles refers to the excessive display of gum tissue when smiling, often considered unattractive.

What causes a gummy smile?

  • Excessive vertical growth of the upper jaw
  • A short upper lip height
  • Hyperactive upper lip: Most common in females
  • Excess gingival tissues

What are the benefits of the Gummy Smile Botox treatment?

An injection of Botox above the upper lip reduces the lifting action of lip muscles, thus reducing the display of gum tissues. Treatment provides patients with a more aesthetic and beautiful smile.

How long do treatments last?

Treatments are painless and take 2-5 minutes. The results can last between 3-4 months.


What are the benefits of the “Smoker’s Lines” Botox treatment?

A few very small injections of Botox above the upper lip and below the lower lip mildly reduces the pursing action of lip muscles, thus reducing the “smoker’s lines”.

How long do treatments last?

Treatments are painless and take 2-5 minutes. The results can last between 3-4 months.