When people wonder why dentists do Botox, the answer is simple. As dentists, we understand the head and neck anatomy as well as if not better than most physicians. Just as veneers and crowns can improve a patient’s smile and self-confidence, so can helping to minimize his or her wrinkles. Dr. Cara Lund believes in it so much that she has had Botox done on her smile lines herself!
Botox is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of crow’s feet lines and frown lines. The results typically last up to 4 months. Botox is the trade name for is botulinum toxin A which is a protein produced by clostridium botulinum. There are no bacteria in Botox, only protein. How the protein works is quite amazing and very simple. The protein attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting the nerve transmission to these muscles (no sensory feeling is affected). It takes about 2-10 days for this to occur. Once these motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscles cannot contract. Facial wrinkles are caused by muscles moving under the skin. So, if the muscle cannot move, you will not have dynamic wrinkles!
If you have ever wondered if Botox could work for you, ask Dr. Cara Lund when you are in for your next continuing care cleaning appointment or call and set up a complimentary consultation today.
References: www.botox.com, www.facialesthetics.org