A beautiful, healthy smile is a wonderful feature to have. Some people are blessed with naturally white, straight teeth and a gorgeous, wrinkle free smile while others need to make more of an effort to achieve the desired result. A healthy smile can take some work and can benefit from the work of a skilled dentist. If deep wrinkles or smile lines are preventing you from having the smile you’ve always wanted, consider talking to your dentist about Botox. To properly administer Botox a medical professional needs experience, expertise and a strong knowledge of facial muscles and tissue.

A healthy smile requires diligence on your part. You may not be blessed with a naturally white and perfectly aligned smile, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one. Healthy teeth and the accompanying smile that come with them are not without effort. You must be responsible for your daily dental and oral hygiene. Vigilance against stains and cavities is important. Daily brushing and flossing is the first line of defense for a healthy, beautiful smile. When brushing and flossing is just not enough, partner with your dental professional to create a white, healthy smile. Your dentist has many tools available to help improve your confidence in your smile.

One tool to achieve a confident smile is Botox. The website: BOTOX Cosmetic gives the benefits of cosmetic Botox as well as the risks and side effects. The site recommends finding a specialist that can properly administer Botox. Botox works by targeting the muscles that make frown lines and crow’s feet and minimizing those muscle movements to create fewer wrinkles. According to The Derm Review, “Botox is a great method to prevent wrinkles around the mouth as it prevents over expression. We recommend using a very small number of units of Botox in the area to prevent lines. A growing number of plastic surgeons who perform surgical facelift procedures will require patients to undergo cosmetic injections like Botox for several months before performing a facelift as a method to train the face to reduce expression in certain areas. This is because often expression lines will appear again even after a surgical facelift as the patient continues to make the same expressions that cause the wrinkles in the first place.” Utilizing Botox along with regular dental work can limit the smile lines around your mouth and give you a much more confident smile.

Do your research when it comes to choosing a Botox provider. According to the Botox cosmetic website given above there are at least 8 questions you should ask a Botox provider prior to receiving Botox:

  • “Do they have medical expertise in facial anatomy? For instance, are they licensed and trained in a field of aesthetic medicine, such as dermatology, cosmetic surgery, or oculoplastic surgery, to name a few.
  • How many years of experience do they have injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  • How often do they treat patients with BOTOX® Cosmetic?
  • Do they schedule a follow-up visit after treatment?
  • Will they show you before-and-after pictures of other patients they have treated?
  • What are the most common side effects they have seen in their clinical experience?
  • What should you do if you experience any side effects?
  • What do they need to know about your medical history? Be prepared to tell your specialist about any medical conditions, including any prescription medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are taking.”

Botox should be administered by a qualified medical professional, so be sure to do your homework. There is a risk of negative side effects. You need to put your medical care in the hands of a skilled professional that is prepared for any potential outcome.

Your dentist could be uniquely qualified to administer Botox. to become a dentist a person needs a four year bachelor’s degree in a Science related field, then approximately four years of dental school. After that a written and oral exam from the National Board Dental Examination must be passed. Specialties can be obtained by additional years of education and passing further examinations. Dentists have to pass several exams and years of schooling to become certified dentists. The education of a dentist includes specific and detailed clinical and practical applications of working with the various muscles of the face. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics published an online article describing why dentists are qualified professionals and why it makes sense for them to utilize Botox as part of patient treatment. The article points out that Botox practitioners such general plastic surgeons, MD’s, and nurses don’t have the extensive experience that dentists do with complications involving facial muscles stating,” Dentists do many more invasive procedures in the facial areas than all of these physicians and personnel combined. The facial, peri-oral, and oral areas are where we live every single day!” There is a strong argument that your dentist has far more experience with facial muscles and is uniquely qualified to administer Botox with the proper education and experience.

While not every dentist will be qualified to administer Botox, dentists by design are incredibly knowledgeable about your face and mouth. Dental practitioners that choose to utilize Botox, and the proper application and techniques regarding this product, will have one more powerful tool to getting you a brilliant and healthy smile.