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As we live through the daily ups and downs of our busy lives, we laugh, smile, and frown to express ourselves and our emotions. Natural aging and a lifetime of these involuntary facial muscle actions causes formation of wrinkles, creases and lines that can make you look angry, tired or older than you feel. The goal of your Burnaby Heights Dental Centre dentists is not just to improve your smile, but to ensure that you have glowing, youthful skin to complement your perfect teeth. We want the look of your face to give you joy each time you see yourself in a mirror.

What Is Botox And How Will It Affect My Face?

Botox (botulinum toxin), is a form of purified protein, and a Health-Canada approved medicine. It is injected into certain muscles of the face, however its target are not the muscles. The muscles are actually not affected at all. Botox acts on the nerves, by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. The muscles then do not contract, but that does not mean that there is any sensory feeling loss. Now that the muscle has stopped contracting, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin stops. It takes approximately three to ten days after treatment for the skin above those muscles to become nice and smooth. These effects last for approximately three to four months, at the end of which the patient will need to return for another treatment.

The target facial regions for Botox are:

  • The forehead
  • Between the eyes
  • Around the lips
  • Around the corners of the eyes
  • Around the nose base
  • The cheek muscles

You control your Botox usage. At Burnaby Heights Dental Centre, we administer Botox by units, which means that you only get and pay for what you need depending on your age and how deep your wrinkles are.

Important clinical uses for Botox include aiding patients with chronic TMJ and facial pain, acting as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases.

In addition it can be used complimentary to esthetic dentistry cases, as a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating high lip line cases, denture patients who have trouble adjusting to new dentures, lip augmentation, and has uses in orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is necessary. No other healthcare provider has the capability to help patients in so many areas as do dentists.
To book a consultation or arrange an appointment with Dr. Katy, contact Burnaby Heights Dental Centre today at (604) 320 7321.

Why At The Dentist?

An ophthalmologist, plastic surgeon, dermatologist, most other MD’s, nurses, and physician assistants do not work everyday with the oral and perioral areas as compared to a general dentist. The only specialists who study mostly and exclusively the anatomy and physiology of the maxillofacial region are dentists. Dentists do many more invasive procedures in the facial areas than all of these other professionals combined. The facial, peri-oral, and oral areas are where we live every single day!