As we near the end of National Smile Month, it’s important to look at all the ways in which dentists can enhance their patients’ smile. Although cosmetic dentistry has boomed in the last five years, adding aesthetic injectable treatments such as Botox® and dermal filler to your range of treatments can allow you to take a holistic approach to smile transformations; enhancing not only your patients teeth, but smoothing, volumising and defining the facial structures around the mouth.
Why Dentists should Train in Aesthetic Injectables
Dentists are uniquely placed for success both in aesthetics injectables training and within the medical aesthetics industry. As trained injectors with daily experience of treating sensitive areas, alongside having high levels of manual dexterity in restricted spaces; dentists possess skills that are highly transferable to aesthetic injectable practice. This is only enhanced by their already advanced knowledge of facial anatomy. Furthermore, a dentist already possesses the perfect clinical space to practice Botox® and dermal fillers and an existing private client base already primed for aesthetic treatment through cosmetic dentistry.
The Benefits of Training in Aesthetics for Dentists
Training in medical aesthetics and adding injectable therapies such as Botox® and dermal fillers to your existing range of treatments can come with a variety of benefits for your clinic. Expanding into aesthetic treatment will encourage patient retention; with patients returning to the clinic on a more frequent basis for repeat injections and so remaining familiar and impressed with your practice. It can also give your clinic an edge by offering a wider treatment range than your competitors, such as Botox® for bruxism and gummy smiles or dermal fillers for smile and marionette lines or for lips. Adding these treatments can also attract new clientele to your clinic, further enhancing your income potential.
MATA Courses for Dentists
Our JCCP Approved Level 7 Diploma in Facial Aesthetics is ideal for dentists new to aesthetics practice; developing your understanding of the theory and practice of Botox® and dermal fillers over the course of nine months. The Diploma provides six days of practical training in aesthetic injectables, including treatments which will be of great use in a dental environment such as gummy smile reduction and Botox® for bruxism; in addition to online learning which will give you the opportunity for applied study of the theory behind aesthetics injectable practice.
For dentists who already hold a Foundation or Advanced Certificate in aesthetic injectable practice; our Specialist Masterclass for Dentists is the ideal way to enhance your expertise in Botox and dermal filler treatments that pair with dentistry. This one-day course was designed by cosmetic dentists and focuses on lower face treatments including Botox for bruxism and gummy smile, and dermal filler for the lips, chin and nose. To find out more about our Level 7 Diploma or our Specialist Masterclass for Dentists, contact us to discuss our courses in more detail and begin your aesthetics training journey with MATA.
Over 30% of adults in the UK have been made to feel self-conscious about their smile, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the cosmetic dentistry industry was valued at £2.2 billion in 2019; with increasing numbers of clients seeking out veneers, whitening and orthodontics to achieve their ideal smile. At MATA, we believe that Botox® and dermal fillers are the perfect partner to cosmetic dentistry, and that together they can transform not only your clients’ smile, but their entire lower face.
1. Botox for Bruxism
Bruxism affects over 10 millions adults in the UK, clenching and grinding their teeth through the day and night, with symptoms ranging from excessive teeth wear and gum inflammation to headaches, migraines, earache, and neck, shoulder and jaw pain; along with hypertrophy of masseter muscles causing a squared jawline.
Injecting doses of Botox into the masseter muscles weakens the muscle just enough to stop the clenching and grinding action, not only alleviating the symptoms of bruxism, but also slimming jawline.
2. Gummy Smile Reduction
A gummy smile, or “excessive gingival display”, is generally quantified as anything over 4mm of gum showing above the teeth when smiling. Although this can affect anyone of any age, it is more common in women aged 20-30. If a gummy smile is caused by an hyperactivity of the upper lip elevator muscles, it can be treated simply and quickly with Botox®
Injecting small amounts of Botox into both sides of the nostril will weaken the upper lip elevator muscles just enough to prevent the upper lip from lifting or curling under excessively when smiling, giving clients a noticeably less gummy smile.
3. Nasolabial Lines
Running from the nose to the corners of the mouth, nasolabial can sag over time and weigh down the face, often making clients appear older than their years.
A combination of Botox and dermal filler can be used to treat this, with Botox relaxing the muscles in this area to combat sagging and dermal fillers smoothing out wrinkles; giving the lower face a more youthful appearance.
4. Lip Fillers
As the popularity of aesthetic injectables has soared, perhaps no dermal filler treatment has become as popular as lip filler. Whether due to naturally thin lips or to a loss of lip volume due to age, clients across the UK are seeking natural, revitalising lip filler treatments.
Lip filler injections provide hydration and volume, even out asymmetrical lips, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, rejuvenating the appearance of the mouth.
5. Marionette Lines
Running straight from the corners of the mouth to either side of the chin, marionette lines are creases which, like nasolabial lines, can sag and weigh down the face; with clients often complaining the lines make them look permanently unhappy.
Dermal fillers can be used to smooth these lines, injected below the corners of the mouth to fill out the creases and lift the smile.
The skills and techniques you will need to perform these treatments can be learned through MATA’s practical training courses; whether Foundation, Advanced, or even our Specialised Masterclass for Dentists. Why not get in touch today to find out more?