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Neurotoxin Overview


What is a Neurotoxin Anyways?

Although the term “neurotoxin” is used to describe products like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau, we don’t always associate this term with friendly, age-defying anti-wrinkle injections. In fact, the phrase has a bit of a frightening connotation- think deadly biological warfare or sinister plots of espionage! (Maybe this is why many prefer to use the more friendly term “neuromodulator,” instead.)

The truth is that medications like Botox are actually made from one of the most poisonous substances known to mankind: botulinum toxin. 1 The smallest of doses can be fatal.  Botulinum toxin is a natural protein produced by certain types of Clostridium bacteria. It blocks neurotransmitter release at the nerve-muscle junction, thereby paralyzing the muscle.

There are 4 neurotoxins approved by the FDA for anti-wrinkle injections: Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau.  They all are a neuromodulating drug that relaxes muscles and, most often, is used to reduce wrinkles in the skin. It’s derived from a bacterium, clostridium botulinum, that can be found in many different natural substances. When receiving neurotoxin injections in treatment, a small dose is given that lasts temporarily.



What Botox Can Help With


Before & After


Common Myths

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does dental Botox last?

The effects of dental Botox typically last three to six months. However, the duration of effects can vary depending on the individual and the amount of Botox used.

Is dental Botox covered by insurance?

In most cases, dental Botox is not covered by insurance. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider to determine if they cover dental Botox treatments.

Can Botox stop teeth clenching?

Yes, Botox can be used to help stop teeth clenching. Botox injections can help relax the muscles in the jaw, which can help reduce teeth clenching. However, it is important to speak to your dentist before having Botox injections to ensure that it is the right treatment for you.