January 30, 2021
Today, BOTOX is most commonly associated with erasing fine lines and preventing wrinkles. However, this powerful injectable can be used in all kinds of neat ways, from preventing migraines to easing chronic jaw pain. So, it’s not all that surprising that dental professionals across the U.S. are beginning to incorporate this treatment into their practices. Keep reading to learn about the birth of BOTOX, its evolution, and five non-cosmetic uses!
The Birth of BOTOX: An Accidental Discovery
This story begins in 1987 with two doctors in Vancouver. At the time, they were using BOTOX to help patients suffering from muscle spasms. One day, while administering treatment, a patient asked to have it injected into her forehead as well. Somewhat confused, they asked her if she was experiencing muscle spasms in that area. She shared that she hadn’t, but she liked that it made her wrinkles go away. This began the conversation of cosmetic uses, and BOTOX as we know it today was born!
The Evolution of BOTOX
Over the last three decades, BOTOX has skyrocketed in popularity. At the start, only medical doctors were approved to administer it. However, since dental professionals receive advanced training in facial and oral structures, this treatment is a natural extension of their work. In fact, their expertise combined with training in BOTOX makes them some of the best providers in the country!
5 Non-Cosmetic Uses of BOTOX
As you know now, BOTOX wasn’t originally intended for cosmetic use, although that is one of the most popular reasons it is utilized today. With that being said, it still plays a crucial role in treating a variety of medical problems, including:
- Chronic migraines in adults
- Cervical dystonia
- Excessive sweating
- Strabismus (or crossed-eyes)
- Chronic jaw pain
The popularity of BOTOX has increased exponentially since the two doctors first considered its cosmetic use in 1987. However, its ability to treat several medical problems effectively makes it much more than an aesthetic treatment. So, if you’ve been struggling with jaw pain and other symptoms of TMJ, don’t hesitate to get in touch with an experienced, knowledgeable dental team that provides BOTOX!
About the Author
Dr. Shiloh D. Lindsey graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry in 1999 as the valedictorian, and she has been helping patients with everything from preventive care to TMJ therapy ever since! Although she continues to use oral bite appliances to help patients struggling with the latter, she is proud to offer BOTOX injections for patients who are resistant to treatment. If you are struggling with chronic jaw pain or are simply interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to visit her website or give her a call at 970-482-3166.
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