Wrinkle Relaxant Use in Dentistry

The use of wrinkle relaxants has become an extremely popular and effective anti-ageing therapy in Australia. Cosmetic injectables are used to reduce and soften facial lines and wrinkles resulting in a more youthful and attractive appearance.

Once the domain of medical practitioners, cosmetic injection treatments are now being performed by highly trained and qualified dental practitioners. It can be argued that Dentists are the most qualified practitioners to perform these procedures due to their extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, proficiency in facial injection techniques, and experience with oral and maxillofacial areas. Given this, dentists that have undergone training in Cosmetic Injectable procedures, are able to perform treatments in a safe and effective way.

Wrinkle relaxant therapy involves the injection of small amounts of medication into the targeted muscle to stop the muscle from contracting. This stops the overlying skin from creasing, resulting in the softening of wrinkles and lines in the face. The most common areas wrinkle relaxant injections are used include

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Crows Feet (around eyes)
  • Smokers lines/ per-oral wrinkles
  • Bunny lines (nose wrinkles)

Wrinkles and lines in these areas can be very effectively treated using wrinkle relaxant therapies, resulting in a smoother, and more youthful visage. A beautiful smile is more than just perfect teeth. Through the use of cosmetic injectables your dental practitioner can now not only improve the appearance of your teeth, but also improve the quality and appearance of the skin in the peri-oral areas. Together, these treatments will result in a beautiful, youthful radiant smile.

Non-Cosmetic Applications of Wrinkle Relaxants:

The use of wrinkle relaxant therapies in the role of anti-aging and beauty is well known and publicised. However, wrinkle relaxant therapies can have applications far beyond its cosmetic uses. Wrinkle relaxant therapies have been used for many medical conditions including migraines, cerebral palsy and blepharospasm. Of particular importance to dental practitioners there are a number of conditions where wrinkle relaxants provide a very effective treatment. These include:

Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding or jaw clenching are both common conditions and is medically known as Bruxism. It occurs due to the excessive activation of the large jaw muscles called the Masseter muscles. These muscles are used in biting and chewing. With those individuals that suffer Bruxism, they may experience a variety of symptoms. These include, jaw pain, wearing down of teeth, chipped teeth, loss of enamel, and headaches. Through overuse, the Masseters may also become enlarged and bulky. Wrinkle relaxants can be used to weaken the masseter muscles resulting in a significant reduction in symptoms, and a reduction in the size of the muscle.

TMJ Dysfunction: The Temperomandibilar Joint (TMJ) is a hinge joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, the result can be localised jaw pain, headaches, earache, clicking jaw, stiff jaw muscles, or even locking of the jaw. Initially TMJ dysfunction may respond to anti-inflammatories, massage, gentle stretching of the jaw, and avoiding excessive chewing of gum. However if these simple measures fail, Wrinkle Relaxant therapies may prove to be very effective in reducing jaw pain, and subsequent earaches and headaches/migraines.

Gummy Smile: A gummy smile is when an excessive amount of gum is exposed when the individual smiles. This is often a cause of embarrassment for the individual, who may become self-conscious and avoid smiling in social situations. Gummy smiles can be effectively treated by injecting small amounts of wrinkle relaxants into the upper lip, to prevent the top lip from being pulled up excessively. A comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy is vital, so that the desired result can be achieved. The wrong placement can result in marked facial asymmetry. Dental practitioners have exceptional knowledge of facial anatomy and safe and specialised injection techniques, so you can have the utmost confidence in your trained dental practitioner to perform these treatments.

Wrinkle relaxant therapies have become a mainstream treatment in Australian Society. Principally it is used as an anti-aging or beauty treatment, but it also has far-reaching medical and dental applications. Wrinkle relaxants although proven to be very safe and effective, should always be administered by professionals who have received comprehensive training. Dental practitioners have an intimate knowledge of facial anatomy, and highly skilled in the safe and effective administration of facial injections. You can be assured that you will be in safe hands when you see your trained Dentist for all your wrinkle relaxant needs.

Lip Fillers

The goal with lip fillers, (also known as lip augmentation) is to add hydration to the lips, giving them a poutier appearance with less lines..

Forehead Lines 

Forehead lines can be softened – Dentists should now look at the frame that surrounds the teeth to complete the picture.

Frown Lines

Frown lines between the eyes can be improved dramatically.

Crow’s Feet, Bunny Lines and Eye lines

Peri-orbital lines (crow’s feet) are caused by smiling and can be relaxed with facial injectables.

The platysma muscle, a significant depressor muscle of the lower face, can be relaxed for both aesthetic and dental therapeutic purposes.

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