The first step in achieving the shining smile you want is to work with your dentist to straighten and whiten your teeth. But that’s not always enough to create the perfect smile because your smile is so much more than just your teeth. For some patients who struggle with facial wrinkles, thin lips, and smoker’s lines, straight teeth are only the first step. Taking care of the frame around your teeth is a great way to ensure your smile is radiant inside and out.
The good news is, your dentist can do more for your smile than just working on your teeth. Quick, minimally invasive procedures can help fill out skin and smooth wrinkles so your whole face appears younger and healthier. You can talk to Dr. Renger about these procedures at your next dental checkup or come in anytime for a consultation.
Bringing Your Smile to its Full Potential
A crooked, discolored smile can quickly age you, but so can facial folds and lines. Simple Botox injections can be used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while filling out the face for a youthful glow. Botox helps relax the facial muscles, smoothing out the appearance of your face without freezing your expression.
Botox and dermal filler treatments are a quick and easy way to enhance your total facial esthetics. These treatments can be administered by your dentist, Dr. Renger, at the same time as your regular dental checkup. Dr. Renger is trained in the anatomy of the head and neck, allowing him to accurately and precisely administer Botox and dermal filler treatments.
How Do Botox and Dermal Fillers Work?
The purified protein of Botox is injected into the muscles, where it temporarily blocks the nerve signals that cause your muscles to move. In doing so, the muscles remain relaxed, giving them a youthful appearance free of fine lines and wrinkles.
As the treatment works to keep muscles relaxed, the skin above lays flat for a smooth, healthy look. These injections take only a few minutes, last approximately 3 months, and can be done right in the office.
Dermal fillers help restore naturally occurring hyaluronic acid that your skin loses as you age. This loss of HA can cause sagging and wrinkles. Injectable gel dermal fillers replace HA in depleted areas so your face looks naturally younger and healthier.
Dermal filler treatments may take up to 40 minutes, depending on how much filler is needed and how many areas are treated. Dr. Renger will determine this based on the volume loss in your face and the specific injection site areas. Results from dermal fillers appear immediately and can last up to 6-12 months depending on the type of filler used and the area that was treated.
Botox and dermal filler injections are both non-surgical medical procedures. As such, they do carry some risk. The most common side effects are bruising and swelling in the treatment area. These effects are typically mild and will resolve quickly on their own. If any side effects are noticed after treatment, make sure to call Dr. Renger for an evaluation.
If you’re going to put the time and money into straightening, whitening, and restoring your teeth for a shining smile, make sure the frame around that smile is in the best shape it can be. Ask Dr. Renger about Botox and dermal filler injections for the brilliant smile you deserve.