At Strongsville Smile Keepers, we always pride ourselves in providing our patients with the most advanced dental services. A treatment becoming popular in dental offices is the application of Botox and cosmetic fillers. Botox is noted for helping with signs of aging by relaxing muscles that cause wrinkles. Cosmetic fillers help to combat signs of aging by plumping areas that have lost volume and smoothness. Botox also has therapeutic applications in addition to its original cosmetic purpose. It can be of great help to individuals with clenching, grinding or TMJ issues and those that suffer with migraines. Dr. Gaebelein is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics which is dedicated to providing the most advanced minimally invasive techniques for beautiful facial aesthetics and is proud to now offer these techniques to our patients.
Botox is a safe procedure that has been used for 20 years with millions of cosmetic procedures done each year. Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin which comes in the form of a purified protein. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected. When those nerve signals are interrupted, the affected muscle is temporarily paralyzed or frozen. Without movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed. Botox works on wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. These are known as dynamic wrinkles and are often called “expression lines.” The most common dynamic wrinkles are lines on the upper face such as the “11” between the brows, horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet around the eyes, water bottle lines and marionette lines that form from the corner of the mouth to the chin. These lines are all caused by smiling, frowning, squinting and other facial expressions. Botox helps to achieve a more relaxed and smooth facial appearance.
Botox has a long history of medically therapeutic uses as well. It can bring relief to migraine sufferers and is an FDA-approved treatment for chronic migraine headaches. Botox can also be used as a treatment for TMJ disorders, clenching, grinding and associated jaw tension and pain. Botox is a muscle relaxer and can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain, giving significant relief.
Cosmetic fillers, such as Juviderm, contain ingredients that are designed to fill in or plump areas that have thinned or lost volume and fullness due to aging. It is a minimally invasive procedure approved by the FDA. Cosmetic fillers are smooth, injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. They treat static wrinkles which look the same regardless of whether your facial muscles are moving or are at rest. They add volume to weakened and sagging facial features and can stimulate collagen growth. The fillers help to plump up thinning lips and fill in shallow areas of the face.
The dental office may not be the first place you would think to go for these procedures, but it is a great option. Dentists are exceptionally qualified to administer facial cosmetic injections. Dentists have advanced training in oral and facial muscles and nerves from your forehead down to your chin. They use injections to make their patients more comfortable every day. Their extensive knowledge allows them to safely deliver Botox and filler injections. You can rest assured that Dr. Gaebelein is uniquely qualified to administer the injections safely and effectively.
If you are ready to achieve a more relaxed, smooth and natural facial appearance or need help with migraines, grinding or TMJ issues, please call our office for a free consultation. We will be happy to advise you on these procedures and enhance your life!