Can Dental Botox Prevent Migraines?

Are you someone who suffers from migraines? Are you troubled by headaches almost every other day? Then you might be surprised to hear that your dentist in Airdrie can help you get relief from these migraines.

You may have heard about Botox treatments used by celebrities for smoothing out their skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. While Botox is commonly perceived to be a cosmetic injection, Botox therapy can help in relieving severe headaches and migraines.

Botox – What is it and How Does it Work?

Botox is a therapeutic injection that is used to relax muscles. It can be used to treat muscles that contribute to headaches, such as ones that cause jaw clenching. Botox is the only approved treatment for migraines and TMJ pain.

For non-cosmetic therapy, trigger points of muscle tension are identified and Botox is administered at these points. This relaxes the muscles and eases the pain. For migraines that are caused due to muscle pain, Botox treatments have proven to be effective.

It has been seen that Botox therapy has helped people suffering from chronic migraines in heaving a greater number of pain-free days, allowing them to attend work for more days. Botox injections work as a preventive treatment and prevent headaches before they begin.

Who Can Get Botox?

Any person who gets enough headaches every month to hamper their daily life can be a right candidate for this therapy. However, you should always consult a doctor to see that there no medical issues.

Botox therapy is generally most effective in cases where the headaches are very frequent. Botox is recommended for patients who have a history of migraine headaches. If you are someone who suffers from headaches 15 days a month or more, the treatment may be right for you. Botox can reduce your headaches to just 1 or 2 every month. If you suffer from any other type of headache or if your headaches are not as frequent; it may not be a suitable choice for you.

What Does Botox Therapy Involve?

If you decide to opt for Botox therapy in Airdrie, you should be careful that you choose a trained and experienced dental Botox provider.

Your dentist will first call you for a consultation. In your Botox consultation, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your neck and head. Once the trigger points have been identified, you will have to share common details such as symptoms, frequency of headaches etc.

After the dentist has set up everything, your treatment will begin. This is generally wrapped up in a matter of minutes. The injection will be administered to the identified trigger zones and you will be able to see the results after a couple of days.

After you have received the treatment, you can have a follow-up appointment to check the results and make any adjustments if needed. The effects of the Botox injection generally last for 3 months approximately. Your dentist will set up regular appointments to ensure efficient pain management.

Botox treatments are quick and painless. The needle used to administer Botox is tiny. In each session, you will likely get a series of injections in all your trigger areas, taking about 10 to 15 minutes. You can return to your regular routine immediately after the therapy.

Further, Botox treatments have known to remain effective in the long term, not presenting any increased side effects. However, you should still refrain from rubbing the injection site for 2 hours and not indulge in any strenuous exercise. Consumption of alcohol or blood thinners should also be avoided. If you are thinking of getting a Botox therapy for your migraines, you should consult with a Botox dentist near you.

The Best Product for Enamel Safe Whitening

Do you want to be noticed for your beautiful smile as well as your awesome personality…but your smile isn’t as white as you’d like? We all know a bright white smile can light up any room you walk into. Obviously, to achieve a whiter smile, you would undergo some sort of whitening process. It feels like there are a million and one products out there for whitening your teeth. You have options in your dental office, options for at home and options on the go. How do you know what is the best and safest options are? Too often we impulse buy, especially at Shoppers and Walmart. Before you go reaching for the shiny, sparkly, new whitening product on the shelf, let’s do some research!

First and foremost, you want to ensure you have a healthy strong enamel on your teeth. Healthy enamel is white in color and is responsible for protecting your teeth. When that enamel wears away, the yellow dentin beneath is revealed. An exam at the nearest dental office and cleaning is the best way to determine what condition your teeth are in, so you can start your journey to the bright side!

Whitening In-Office

An in-office procedure to whiten your teeth will provide you with faster results and they may last longer as well. While slow and steady is typically best with whitening, your dental professional can your individual needs. However, please note that often patients note sensitivity for a couple days following this procedure.

Whitening with Custom Trays and Gel

Ask your dentist what take home options they have for you. Most dental offices have a whitening gel that comes in different concentrations and your dentist can give you what he feels is best for the health of your teeth. Whitening gel requires trays to keep the gel in place for the determined amount of time. Your dentist will custom fit trays just for you! So, you’ll get a nice even whitening.

Whitening Strips/Trays

The most enamel safe whitening base is hydrogen peroxide. Many name brands make whitening strips/tray options that you can purchase at your dental office or local retailer with this as the main ingredient. Also look for enamel repair, enamel therapy or something similar on the package. Sometimes these products have extra protection for you!

Hydrogen Peroxide

Using hydrogen peroxide alone is also an option! It’s safest to dilute the concentration before using. You can use the peroxide as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth. If picking up a bottle at your local drugstore, you are most likely to find a 3% solution. You will want to dilute that to a 1.5% by mixing equal parts water and peroxide. Remember to not overuse the peroxide or use too strong of a concentration.

Remember: Brushing and flossing is key to a healthy smile. Increasing your brushing and flossing may help decrease staining thus whitening your teeth! If you brush every time you eat or drink, you are ensuring those particles aren’t getting stuck in there contributing to stains.

Give Yourself a Gift – A Beautiful Smile No One Will See Coming…

With the holiday season and all the gift giving over, now is the time to take a minute and think about something for you. A beautiful smile!

You know you have a problem with having crooked teeth. You’ve been meaning to have it taken care of but the thought of wearing braces just doesn’t excite you. And yet, here you are, at the end of another year, and nothing’s been done.

Well, what if there was a way for you to get your straight white smile for the new year, but without wearing braces?  Would you do it?

This is just as good.

Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign
Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign

The Invisalign straightening system is one that is becoming very popular. It replaces metal wires and brackets with transparent plastic trays. Over time, the trays gently push your teeth into place.

And the trays are practically invisible. No need to be concerned about the cosmetic concerns you might have about wearing conventional braces to do the job.

In addition, since the trays are easily removable, you can continue to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth as normal.

This is the perfect gift to give yourself. A way to finally straighten your crooked teeth, but without looking like you’re wearing metal braces to get the job done. No one will see your beautiful smile coming!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.


Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

Does Kate or William Have the Better Smile? More importantly…Why?

Unless, as the saying goes, you live under a rock, most people are (at least a little) familiar with the names Prince William and his lovely wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of. So, when the question is posed, who has a better smile…this is the Kate and William who’s being referenced. Maybe you’ll recognize them by their picture.

And while you’re looking at the photo, have you ever noticed the difference between their smiles? Go ahead…take another look. The variance is undeniable.

When Kate had orthodontics, her dentist used a technique called, micro-rotations, and all of her teeth, to end up with her broad, natural, gorgeous smile.

Older method of orthodontics involved removing wisdom teeth
Older method of orthodontics involved removing wisdom teeth

Prince William, on the other hand sported the more traditional kind of braces in his teen years, which generally required teeth to be removed to make room to move the teeth into place. Unfortunately, he ended up with a narrower more constricted smile. His narrow smile is most noticeable compared to that of his wife’s.

Unless absolutely necessary, it’s not recommended to have teeth removed from your child’s mouth for the sole purpose of making space to move teeth into place. It’s been found to create a narrow smile rather than a broad, full smile using all the child’s teeth.

Instead, by enlarging the jaw bones, the gorgeous smile Kate flashes is a better way to go. There are many ways to do this including several dental appliances. There’s also a new method called MyoBrace, and it’s showing AMAZING results.

During a full orthodontic examination and discussion with your dentist, you’ll learn what option will work for you or your child. Be sure to stay on top of what might be available ,so you can make the best decision possible for you and your family’s dental health!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at 587 805 3094  at or click here to visit our website.

South Airdrie Smiles Dentists Want to Know – What is Your Child’s Favorite Color?

We’ve discussed both metal and Ceramic brackets as an options for your orthodontic needs.

Did you know that there are some options that can make them more appealing?

There is a way for your child to be a part of their treatment and actually enjoy coming to their orthodontic check ups! We offer an array of fun colors elastics that can be incorporated into the braces, which they can pick to suit their personality. These colors can be changed every time you (or your child) visit us, making the experience much more pleasant. Studies show that over 75% of children who wear metal braces choose to have their favorite colors incorporated into them.

Next time you see a child with braces, look at their elastics…we can nearly guarantee that if the child picked the colors themselves they are involved in their treatment in a way that makes the process enjoyable. If they are the standard elastic color, then likely the office they visit doesn’t offer this option.

Here at South Airdrie Smiles Dental we’re all about making the experience enjoyable!

If you’d like more information on choices available for orthodontic care or have additional questions, give your South Airdrie Smiles Dental Clinic a call at 587-805-3094 (New Patients) or 587-819-5206 (Existing Patients).

Are There Ceramic Options for You? Your South Airdrie Smiles Dentist Weighs In

Since we last blogged about metal brackets as an orthodontic option for you or your child, let’s cover ceramic brackets to ensure you can make an informed decision when the time comes.

There are pros and cons to ceramic brackets.

Pro: Ceramic brackets are far more discrete as they are tooth colored and therefore less noticeable.

Pro: They typically align the teeth much faster than metal options (maybe as little as 6 months)! If ceramic brackets are the way we all decide that your child should go, this will mean fewer office visits.

Con: Ceramic brackets aren’t the MOST expensive option, but they also aren’t the cheapest either.

Con: They also have a tendency to stain easily as well. (Of course, regular, thorough brushing can easily eliminate the staining concern.)

If you’d like more information on Ceramic brackets or have additional questions, give your South Airdrie Smiles Dental Clinic a call at 587-805-3094 (New Patients) or 587-819-5206 (Existing Patients)