Botox Therapy

Yes Dentists do Botox.  Dr. Decker received his training for these procedures from Dr. Henry Katz D.D.S., who’s name is on the original patent for Botox.  Dr. Katz is a Dentist as well as a researcher.  

Botox treatments are very safe, and effective.  These treatments can greatly enhance your smile, and give you a “younger” look.

“Dentists give more injections than any other healthcare professional,” -Louis Malcmacher, D.D.S., president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics

One of the things a Dentist does everyday is give injections.  Dentist are well suited for the administration of Botox, and are the only Doctors who see patients on a regimented schedule throughout their lifetimes. This can be convenient for patients seeking treatment.  Dentist are also highly knowledgeable and familiar with facial anatomy, and how that anatomy works to create expressions.  Botox is simply a tool which can be used to enhance your smile the same as crowns, veneers, or tooth whitening.

Teeth are only one aspect of a person’s smile.  Almost, if not every muscle, of your face is involved in your smile.  It is impossible to smile, or laugh only using the muscles around your mouth.  Botox can be precisely placed to relax muscles that contract and cause premature wrinkling of the skin around the mouth, eyes, and forehead.  Think of the skin as a piece of paper, a wrinkle is a crease the muscle folds the skin into.  Once a crease is established the skin always wants to “give way” at the crease, making the crease deeper and deeper.   Botox can relax the muscles around these “creases” to reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.  

Botox can also be used to reduce tension in the muscle that cause headaches, and reduce the undesirable pulling of the upper lip too high on the gum tissue causing a “gummy smile” line.  Dr. Decker can answer your questions about these treatments so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not Botox would be a benefit to you.

“Botox truly stands out as a safe and effective treatment that has revolutionized the way we can achieve facial rejuvenation,” – Mathew Avram, director of the dermatology laser and cosmetic center at Massachusetts General Hospital

“How do i get started”?

Dr. Decker will consult with you about your specific needs, and develop a treatment plan that will help you look and feel great.  Your initial consult will take 20-30 minutes.  We will take a thorough history, and answer any questions you have about the procedure before treatment.  We will chart the areas to be treated so               Dr. Decker can make a determination of the volume, concentration, and placement of the product used (other brand names for “Botox” include Dysport, and Xenomin).  Actual treatment takes only a few minutes with minimal discomfort, and most likely can be done at the end of the initial consult.  

If you have had Botox treatment in the past, and are simply looking for a more convenient way to continue your treatments, we will discuss your past experiences, and tailor your treatments to your past preferences. 

“Will I notice the result immediately, and how long does it last”?

It takes a few days after treatment to start seeing the results, and the maximum benefit is usually achieved in 1-2 weeks.  Botox treatments usually last up to 4 months at first.  The more you do it the better it works.  The effects tend to last longer as you maintain them.  After having a few treatments you may only need a “touch up”  every six months, which conveniently is about how often you should have your teeth cleaned. 

“Is it safe”?

Botox has been in use for it’s cosmetic effects since 2006.  It is safely injected over 5 million times a year.  

The side effects of Botox are usually related to the injected material “drifting” into areas that give an undesirable effect.  All side effects are temporary, and are easily avoided with proper technique.  Most side effects are due to injecting the product into an improper place, or injecting too much solution. The most common side effect of Botox is ptosis or a “drooping of the eyelid”.  This is almost always due to improper technique, and is not permanent.  Ptosis can be treated with eye drops and last 2-4 weeks.  Other side effects (irritation of the skin, bruising) are rare, and treatable.     

Dr. Decker is trained in the proper treatment of all side effects, but most importantly is knowledgeable in facial musculature, proper dilution, and diffusion of Botox.  The best way to prevent undesirable effects are to avoid them altogether.

“It takes a lot more than teeth to make a great-looking smile.-Louis Malcmacher, D.D.S.