At Dr. Matthew S Ng Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our Coquitlam dentists are qualified to provide therapeutic and cosmetic Botox® in Coquitlam as a treatment option for patients.
What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin, is a purified protein that can be used in dentistry. When injected into the facial muscles, it releases neurotoxins, preventing the muscles from contracting and helping them to relax, producing therapeutic benefits.
Botox may also be used to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles and sculpt the jaw. As part of your cosmetic dental care, our dentists are qualified to administer Botox to temporarily relax a patient’s muscles to offer aesthetic benefits.
Therapeutic Botox in Coquitlam
Using Botox, our dentists provide the following therapeutic treatments for our Coquitlam patients:
- Treatment of Jaw Pain or TMJ Pain
Botox for clenching or grinding may be a good option for patients who are unable to tolerate or unwilling to wear a night guard while they sleep.
Botox treatment may also be a good option for patients who have recurring jaw or TMJ pain despite wearing a nightguard.
The Botox is injected in the facial muscles that are involved in clenching or grinding to minimize or weaken the muscles, thus relieving the stress and strain that causes pain in the jaw and TMJ.
- Treatment of Headaches
Many people suffer from various headaches including migraines or migraine-like headaches due to their bite or because of clenching or grinding.
Botox treatment may be effective in reducing or eliminating certain types of headaches.
- Prevention of Daytime Teeth Damage
Even though a nightguard may be very effective and well-tolerated for most patients who clench or grind their teeth, it is usually not practical to wear an appliance during the day.
Unfortunately, patients who have a tendency to clench or grind during the night will likely clench or grind during the day as well.
Botox treatment is able to help weaken the jaw muscles to help reduce the tendency to break teeth or dental restorations like fillings and caps.
Cosmetic Botox in Coquitlam
At Dr. Matthew S Ng Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists also offer the following cosmetic treatments using Botox:
- Gummy Smile & Jaw Line Reduction
Some people have either an overactive upper lip or a long upper jaw that results in much of the gums showing during a smile. Botox can be used to relax the muscles of the upper lip in order to help reduce or eliminate the display of the gums.
Botox treatment for jaw muscles can help to relax them enough that over time, the jawline of a person may change in a way to give a less square and slimmer jaw line.
- Smile Symmetry Correction
Some people naturally have an asymmetrical smile that they do not like.
Depending on where the smile is asymmetrical, our dentists can use Botox to help even out the smile.
- Wrinkle Reduction & Prevention
Botox can be used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles.
At Dr. Matthew S Ng Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our philosophy with Botox treatment is to achieve a result that appears as natural as possible without affecting the way a person naturally looks or smiles.