Restore Youth to Your Smile with Botox® and Dermal Fillers
Straight, healthy, white teeth are the stars of every great smile. Playing supporting roles are your lips and facial muscles. We’ve always been there to help with maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and for the past 6 years we’ve also helped to safely improve your entire smile in a different way.
Botox®-More than a Wrinkle Remover
Botox is a type of long-lasting muscle relaxer. A series of small injections prevent facial muscles from fully contracting. Botox treatments are most well known as a way to restore youth to your smile by removing wrinkles around your eyes and mouth. It can also be an excellent tool for cosmetic dentists for patients with high lip lines. For these patients, the therapy helps relax the upper lip, allowing it to hide the upper gums and provide a more natural looking smile.
Dr. Schraw first received specialized training in using injectables as a therapeutic solution to treat difficult dental problems such as TMJ pain; facial pain; and teeth grinding and clenching. For many patients, Botox provides a minimally invasive and fast acting solution for symptoms that might otherwise require extensive treatment or even surgery.
Is it safe?
Botox was introduced in the late 1980’s and since then more than 11 million men and women have been treated with Botox, giving it a strong history of safety. As with any drug, side effects are possible, and Dr. Schraw will discuss these with you before the procedure.
How long before I see results?
It usually takes between four and seven days to notice results.
How long do results last?
Without additional treatments, the effects of Botox eventually wear off. Treatments are known to last for up to four months.
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Dysport is an alternative to Botox. Both products improve the look of frown lines and wrinkles on the face. Similar to Botox, Dysport treatment appointments take only a few minutes, and the results last for about 3 months.
Dermal Fillers for an Enhanced Smile
Dermal Fillers (such as Juvederm®, Restylane® or Radiesse®) are used to restore volume to the area around the mouth. Dermal Fillers give lips fullness, erase the downward frown lines at the corners of the mouth, as well as wrinkles/creases in cheek areas. In addition to restoring a more youthful appearance to your smile, dermal fillers are useful in treating high lip lines and uneven lips.
How is Dr. Schraw qualified to use Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Dr. Schraw has undergone extensive training in the bone structure and muscles of the head and neck area. Dr. Schraw has extensive experience making injections in the facial area as part of her practice of traditional dentistry. She completed additional training for the specialized use of Botox and Dermal Fillers after the South Carolina State Board of Dentistry provided a statement of guidance allowing dentists to use Botox and other injectables in modern dentistry. She is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Learn more about Botox in Dentistry.