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Botulinum Toxin in Dentistry

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What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin, which is safely applied in many areas all over the world, is also used as a supportive agent in the dental field to temporarily eliminate some aesthetic and functional disorders.

Botox in dentistry and Botulinum Toxin application is one of the most preferred aesthetic procedures to look younger and more attractive nowadays.

In addition to the most common use of Botulinum Toxin injections, procedures to reduce crow’s feet lines on the forehead and around the eyes, new ones are being added to its medical applications every day.

In medical field, bo.tuli.num applications, which are used in many areas from excessive sweating to eye twitching and strabismus, have been frequently used in dentistry in problems such as teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism).

Botulinum Toxin & Dermal Filler Applications for Wrinkles Around the Lips

Deep wrinkles and lines around the lips, especially due to smoking and mimic movements, can be effectively reduced with botulinum and dermal filler applications.

Vertical lines on the upper lip are often seen due to smoking or in cases where the skin loses its elasticity and vitality with aging. It is possible to alleviate these lines with Botulinum Toxin injection.

To get rid of lip lines, Botulinum Toxin injections can be applied regularly to the upper lip lines to slow down the deepening of the lines.

There is a slight redness after botulinum toksin application and you can return to your normal life immediately. The effect of Botulinum Toxin is seen within a week and the maximum effect occurs on the 21st day.

Dermal filling applications may also be required in cases with deep lines. Hyaluronic acid filling applications give very successful results in mimic lines and wrinkles around the lips and extending from the edges of the nose to the corners of the mouth.

The results of filling applications can be seen immediately after the application and stabilize within a week. You can get more detailed information about applications that complement smile aesthetics such as lip fillers, Botulinum Toxin, PRP and Mesotherapy from the Lotus Dental team.

Lip Filler Applications in Smile Aesthetics

There are 3 basic criteria for a dentally beautiful and impressive smile:

  1. Tooth form and colour that is appropriate to the age and character of the person
  2. Arrangement of teeth in a position align with the face and jaw
  3. Compatibility of the lip with the dentition and jaw in a dynamic and static state

Lips determine the frame in dental aesthetics. The element that best complements a well-made dental design is beautiful lips. The curve angles of the lips hold great importance in smile aesthetics. The upper and lower lip balance, the corners of the mouth. The slope of the upper lip area, the lip-nose distance are the key points of a beautiful lower face. By evaluating all these factors, beautiful and attractive lips in harmony with the upper face can be achieved.

Some people have naturally full and perfect smiling lips. However, some people have genetically weaker lip structures or their lips lose volume over the years due to decreasing collagen production and the effect of gravity in their thirties.

Hyaluronic acid gels provide effective and natural-looking results for 6 – 18 months in both young adults with thin lips and adults over 30 who experience volume loss due to aging.

Yet, with the work of the muscles around the mouth, the lips take on different shapes during speech or laughter. In individuals where the muscles that pull the lip up are overactive, the gums appears more than normal. This is called “Gummy Smile” and can be easily treated with bo.tuli.num application. This application should be done with a very precise technique since uncontrolled applications may cause a dull upper lip appearance.

In cases where the muscles around the lips are overactive, vertical wrinkles occur in the area between the upper lip and the nose. These wrinkles, called cigarette lines, can be easily removed with hyaluronic acid applications.

 In cases where the muscles that pull the lip edges down are too active, the corners of the lips turn downward during laughter. This situation, which is very undesirable in lip aesthetics, can be greatly improved with botulinum toxin and dermal filler applications.

The limits of botulinum toxin and dermal filler therapies applied around the lips are determined by the dynamic aesthetics of the lips during speech and laughter and the ability to participate in facial expressions to a certain extent.

 The materials used as lip fillers significantly affect the quality of the procedure. Hyaluronic acid gels are the most commonly used materials due to their easy application and natural results. Permanent filling materials are not among the first options as they may cause negative consequences such as foreign body reaction and restriction of movement.

Lips and smile aesthetics are important parts of facial aesthetics and together with the eyes, they are the most striking elements in social communication. When dental and lip aesthetic applications are applied correctly, they make a significant contribution to the harmony of the face.

Is Gummy Smile Treatment Effective and Permanent?

In the case of gummy-smile the gums appear more than 2mm. The skeletal and muscular dynamics of the underlying cause are examined by the practitioner.

In cases where muscular dynamics are predominant, botulinum toxin applications give moderate to good results. Yet, it is not permanent and botulinum toxin application loses its effect in 4-6 months.

Does Botulinum Toxin Cause Swelling?

Our patients often confuse botulinum toxin applications with dermal fillers used in procedures such as lip augmentation. Unlike dermal fillers applied in lip aesthetics, botulinum toxin does not swell the tissue.

Does Botulinum Toxin Show Its Effect Immediately?

Botulinum toxin gives visible results after an average of 1 week in the area where it is applied. These results can be noticed by reducing unwanted wrinkles by affecting muscle dynamics, balancing aesthetic and functional problems due to overactivity of muscles.

How Effective Is Botulinum Toxin Applied to Masticatory muscles?

Botulinum toxin, which can be applied to the masseter and temporal muscles, temporarily regulates muscle strength and reduces excessive loads on the teeth and jaw joint.

During this period, the muscles shrink in volume and the angular appearance of the face decreases. As a result of regular applications, the balance of the chewing system can be achieved.

However, it should not be forgotten that botulinum toxin is a supportive agent in this area. Simultaneous treatment of the picture under clenching and grinding is very important. It is not correct to administer botulinum toxin to the masseter and temporal muscles every 6 months instead of solving the condition that causes clenching. Elimination of joint and dental pathologies and, in some cases, psychological therapies should be prioritised.

Is Botulinum Toxin Risky?

Allergy to botulinum toxin has rarely been detected. The risk of complications is almost negligible in applications performed by specialists in the field.

Aftercare of Botulinum Toxin

Do not wipe or wash the applied area for 4 hours after the application; do not apply anything to these areas and avoid situations that will compress the injection area (lying on it, etc.).

Kusadasi Dental Clinic.

We are here for you to have a healthy smile with the most suitable treatment options for you. Contact us for an appointment and detailed information.

Maxillofacial Surgeon Erdem Kaya

Maxillofacial Surgeon


DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya was born in Ankara in 1980. After completing his secondary and high school education in Ankara, he was entitled to get into Gazi University Faculty of Dentistry.

DDS PhD. Erdem Kaya successfully graduated from Gazi University in 2004 and started his doctoral education at Ege University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery in the same year.

He successfully completed his doctoral education with the thesis topic “Clinical and Radiological Investigation of Two Different Surface Properties of Dental Implants in Conventional and Immediatric Loading” in 2010.



DDS Tulay Kaya was born in Bulgaria in 1984. She completed her secondary and high school education in Izmir and graduated from Ege University Faculty of Dentistry in 2008. Her graduation thesis topic was “The Place and Importance of Bisphosphonates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” and she continued her university education at Universidade Do Porto in Portugal.

She speaks English fluently. Tulay Kaya, who is fluent in English, continued to provide private clinic services in Kuşadası between 2008 and 2012 within the Private Lotus Dental Clinic, which she established with Dr. Erdem Kaya in 2012.

DDS. Tulay Kaya, mainly carries out aesthetic dentistry applications in the clinic, also serves her patients with general dentistry applications. DDS. Tulay Kaya continues to offer dental treatments in renewed Lotus Dental clinic with the participation of Pedodontist DDS PhD. Gülcan Şahin to the team as of 2017.

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