If you’re looking to reverse the effects of ageing (fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles) and rejuvenate your skin, dermal fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the facial cosmetic industry. In fact, 59% of respondents from a recent VICE UK poll viewed dermal filler procedures as comparable to getting a haircut or manicure.
Now with the latest innovations in oral care, dermal fillers are used by dentists across the country to align teeth, restore volume, and improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile. This doesn’t mean directly injecting filler into your teeth. Instead, it involves correcting the surrounding tissues to achieve a more natural, balanced outcome. The aesthetic procedure can also be used to enhance the lips, cheeks, chin and jaw.
Why choose dentists for dermal fillers?
According to the British Dental Nurses’ Journal, there is a noticeable trend among many practitioners to go beyond teeth and extend their services to deliver both cosmetic treatments alongside dental work for optimal results.
Dentists have extensive training in facial anatomy and physiology, including muscles, blood vessels, nerves and bones which makes them ideal for administering dermal fillers.They know where to place the filler and how to adjust it for the best results possible.
Plus, dentists are experienced in providing comfortable, quick, pain-free procedures, ensuring that even the most nervous of patients are relaxed and at ease.
Types of dermal fillers
Today, there’s a wide variety of high quality dermal fillers for dentists to use from some of the best known brands.
One of the most popular types of dermal filler is called Juvéderm. This product is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. Juvéderm is able to smooth out wrinkles and restore facial contours. It can also be used to correct lip asymmetry and enhance the shape of the lips.
Another popular type of dermal filler is Restylane. This product is also made from hyaluronic acid and is used to correct severe facial irregularities, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It can also improve other parts of the body, such as the face, the hands, and overall skin texture.
Lastly, Radiesse is a type of dermal filler that’s a combination of calcium hydroxyapatite and resorbable polymers. It works by adding volume to both shallow and deep wrinkles.
Dental dermal filler treatments
Before receiving treatment with dermal fillers, patients should talk to their doctor about any signs of allergies that they may have towards hyaluronic acid or any other ingredient in the filler product that’s being used.
Common problems that are treated with dermal fillers by dentists include:
- Receding gums: Gaps or pockets between your teeth (black triangles) may be a sign of periodontal disease which leads to bone and tooth loss. Dermal fillers eliminate the issue by adding volume to the shrinking gum tissue to close the gap, without having to perform surgery.
- Teeth that are crooked or misaligned: When dermal fillers are used for misaligned teeth, it is usually done in conjunction with finished other methods such as braces or clear aligners, so their bite feels more natural and comfortable than before.
- Thin lips: As we age, our elasticity and collagen production reduces, causing vertical lines to form along the edges of your lips. Dermal fillers create suppleness and volume for a firmer, fuller pout. It also adds definition to your cupid’s bow.
Dermal fillers are safe and effective, but can only be injected and administered by a medical professional. So, if you’re considering dermal filler treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor, dermatologist or dentist first to see if they are the right option for you!