Anti-Ageing Treatments And The Dentist: Dental Botox and Fillers

Is Your Mouth Making You Look Old?

Dental Botox For Anti-ageing
Dental botox can help in hiding the signs of ageing around your mouth. GettyImages

If you’re thinking about ways to rejuvenate the youthful appearance of your face, then you may want to take a visit to your dentist. While wrinkles around the eyes and forehead are often perceived as the first signs of ageing, your smile and mouth are crucial to how the age of your face is perceived. 

Over the last ten years dentists have incorporated botox and fillers into dental practice as a way to manage the age of patient’s face by treating areas including, wrinkles, gummy smiles and even jaw joint pain.

 

Wrinkles around your mouth and lips

There isn’t a moment in your day when you’re not using your mouth.  Whether it’s talking, eating or laughing, you can be sure that your mouth is getting a constant workout.  As a result the skin, lips and structures around the mouth are highly prone to signs of ageing.

Some notable signs of ageing around the mouth include:

  • Laugh Lines
  • Chin crease
  • Thin or wrinkled lips
  • Wrinkles between nose and the corner of your mouth
  • Smokers lines (wrinkles that run upwards from the mouth)
  • Stained teeth

It’s not uncommon for people to be told that they look sad, tired or grumpy when this isn't really the case.  When your dentist looks at your smile, they’re not just looking at your teeth.  They’re taking into account all the factors makes a smile look natural and youthful.   

Dental Botox and Fillers

There are two options that your dentist may employ to decrease the appearance of ageing around the mouth.

 

  • Botox (Botulinum toxin) - is a natural poison that when injected under the skin is known to paralyse facial muscles that may contribute to lines and wrinkles.
  • Dermal Fillers (Hyaluronic acid) – a naturally occurring substance in the body mainly forming the structure of eyes, joints and skin.  Injection of hyaluronic acid may act to smooth wrinkles or folds in the skin by giving the skin volume. 

    6 Conditions That Dental Anti-Ageing Treatment May Help

    Anti-ageing procedures are a cosmetic dental procedure that should be considered after consulted with your dental practitioners to assess whether you’re a suitable candidate.

    1) Gummy smile

    This is a condition where it’s perceived that too much of the gums between the teeth and upper lip is visible when a person smiles.  It occurs due to the lips elevating too far during muscle contractions of a smile.  Dentists may use botox injections just above the lips may help to prevent over-elevation of the lip and decrease the visibility of gums during smiling. 

    2) Thin lips during smiling

    The lips are an important element of a youthful, attractive smile.  Over contraction of facial muscles can cause the appearance of thin lips during smiling.  Botox treatment can help to prevent lip to create a fuller appearance during smiling. 

    3) Asymmetrical smiles

    Mouths that appear off-centre during smiling may be due to an imbalance of the left and right facial tension on the lips.

      Botox can be an effective way to correct the off centre lips for an even and aesthetic smile.   

    4) Lines and wrinkles

    Fine lines around the mouth may present in many ways.  These include smile lines, lines between the mouth and nose, vertical smoker’s lines and chin creases that all contribute to an elderly appearance of the mouth.  Botox and fillers may both be options for softening and preventing lines from worsening. 

    5) Receding gums

    Healthy and youthful appearing gums look plump and pink.  Gum recession that occurs during conditions like gum disease, toothbrush abrasion or dark triangles associated with dental restorations may be corrected with dermal fillers.  

    6) Temporomandibular (TMD) dysfunction and night grinding

    Finally, botox injections may be useful to limit the muscle contraction that occurs in the jaw joint dysfunction (TMD) that may be associated with night clenching.  In people who are particularly persistent night bruxers, the reduction of intensity in muscle contraction can be an effective way to allow joint relaxation and prevent damage to teeth as well as headaches. 

    Warnings About Dental Botox And Fillers

    Before commencing treatment you should always discuss all options with your dental professional.  Understand that botox and dermal fillers are temporary and may need to be re-applied in 3-6 months after first treatment.

    It’s recommended that women who are pregnant or lactating do not undergo botox or dermal filler treatment.  

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