Botox From a Dentist: Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Since its FDA approval in 2002, Botox has been one of the most popular cosmetic treatments among both men and women. This is because it is a quick, painless, and effective aesthetic treatment. Many people undergo Botox injections to restore their youthful appearance. Most people are familiar with this procedure when it comes to facial treatments to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. However, few people realize that they can get this cosmetic treatment from their dentists as well. Botox has some muscle-relaxing properties, which can help support several dental treatments and conditions.

This procedure can solve a wide range of issues, such as TMJ-related pain and the appearance of smile lines. Botox, or botulinum toxin, injections come from a neurotoxic protein. The procedure can take less than 10 minutes, and you will notice results within 2 to 10 days. Before you visit your dentist’s office for a Botox treatment, you need to determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Not everyone is a good candidate. Some of the factors you need to consider to determine whether you are a candidate for this cosmetic treatment include:


Overall Health

A good candidate for this procedure should be generally healthy. If you have a history of muscle conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Botox is not for you. Similarly, you are not a good candidate if you have a history of nerve damage. Otherwise, it is a relatively safe treatment.


Skin Conditions

If you have a skin infection or disorder, do not undergo Botox injections in the infected areas. If you have sensitive skin, you need to have an allergy test before undergoing the procedure. This will help your dentist determine whether any of the ingredients in the injections will produce negative results. In addition, your dentist will discourage you from having Botox if you have heavy eyelids. This is because your muscles may numb so much that your eyelids will close involuntarily.



Your age may also determine whether you are a good candidate for Botox. The older you are, the less likely the procedure is to produce visible results. The best candidates for Botox are those aged less than 50 years. This is because your skin gets thin considerably as you age. In addition, the FDA does not approve of this cosmetic procedure for people aged 65 years and above.


Type of Wrinkles

The type of wrinkles you are trying to reduce will determine whether you are a good candidate for Botox. The two main types of wrinkles are static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. The former shows up with the loss of fat, collagen, and elasticity, and are always visible, regardless of your expression. Dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, appear because of repetitive facial motions and expressions that cause your skin to move. Botox will work better for you if you have dynamic wrinkles rather than static wrinkles. However, the severity of your wrinkles matters even more. If your wrinkles are too deep-set, Botox will not do much for you.

All of these factors are important when it comes to determining your suitability for Botox. However, only a medical professional, such as your dentist, will be able to tell you whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

At Smile Center, our patients’ smiles are our top priority. To schedule an appointment, call 740-306-0099 or 614-350-7446. You can also pay us a visit at our offices in Delaware or Worthington, Ohio.