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According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Botox and Dermal fillers are the two fastest growing cosmetic treatments over the last decade.

These procedures have become popular in this uncertain economy because patients want to look better with options that are more affordable and less radical than surgery. The trend is here to stay and if dentists can provide these services in a completely painless way, the added benefit is remarkable.

Cosmetic Dentistry has been part of our dental practice for the past 20 years. We have been designing perfect smiles with veneers, crowns and sophisticated materials, like the newest porcelains that mimic natural enamel, in a superb manner like never before. Now that dentistry has reached such a level of sophistication in facial aesthetic practices, should we keep ignoring the accompanying muscles and lips? After all, they are the structures that frame our beautiful smile.

Ignoring the rest of the face will limit the final, overall aesthetic result. If dentists can deliver beautiful restored teeth, but they are framed by thin wrinkled lips, creased marionette lines and downward facing frowns would the desired effect be the same? As a dentist, I am very familiar with two things: the function of each muscle in the face and giving intra-oral injections. Having the ability to deliver dermal fillersand Botox in a completely painless manner is one of the biggest advantages of getting these procedures done in the dental office.

Botox was introduced about 20 years ago to reduce frown lines between the eyes, but today the cosmetic application has multiple advantages. Although the most common areas treated are the forehead, between the eyes, corners of the eyes and occasionally the corners of the mouth, Botox can also reduce pain and enhance a patient's smile. Botox blocks the release of neurotransmitters on the motor nerves that govern movement and prevent them from contracting. Therefore, it can be used as a muscle relaxer to reduce chronic facial pain, teeth grinding and as an alternative to surgical treatment of gummy smiles (when the patient raises the upper lip too high while smiling, so pink gum tissue shows).

Dermal fillers, which provide an appearance of fullness at the injection site and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, are mostly used for marionette lines, corners of the mouth and lip augmentation. The results are visible immediately

Patients now have access to information on what Botox and dermal fillers are aesthetically capable of and are therefore becoming more educated on the treatments. They are increasingly pleased knowing they can now receive the procedures at the dental office and receive beautiful results while being completely comfortable. It only seems logical to integrate Botox and dermal fillers to the cosmetic/ aesthetic dental practice as dentists already have the proper training needed to master the techniques.

If you would like to know more about these exciting new procedures please call our office at your earliest convenience.

Dr. David Eidman