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  • Writer's pictureDr Ben White, DDS

Let's Talk: Facial Esthetics

Did you know that White Smiles offers more than just rockin’ dental care for the whole family? We offer facial esthetic treatments too!

Facial Esthetics is a term used to refer to products and procedures designed and developed to give one a more pleasing and “youthful” appearance.

So, what are your options at White Smiles?

If you are looking for a non-surgical facelift or want to smooth out a few fine lines or fill in deep-set wrinkles, injectables are for you. Millions of people use dermal fillers to achieve a more relaxed and smooth facial appearance while still having the freedom of expression.

As skin ages, it begins to lose collagen filled with hyaluronic acid (HA). Collagen and HA add structure and volume to the face. Consequently, a lack of HA causes the skin to sag and wrinkle - that's where dermal fillers come in.

"There is art in the placement of Botox and fillers." says Dr. Ben White, "Our focus is to make subtle changes that eliminate your wrinkles and add volume in such a way that others cannot tell you have had anything done...It’s our little secret".



Botox® is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action for Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is quite simple; it is injected into facial muscles but really doesn’t act on the muscle at all. Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. Simply put, it stops the signal that causes contraction.

At White Smiles, the areas typically treated with Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) for wrinkles:

- forehead

- between the eyes (glabellar region)

- around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet)

- around the lips (smoker’s lines or gummy smile)

There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth. The effects of Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) last approximately three to four months, at which time the patient will require retreatment. Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism (clenching and grinding) cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is also used to complement esthetic dentistry as a minimally invasive alternative to surgery.



Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to weakened facial features and can stimulate collagen growth. Each dermal fill is unique but similar in two ways. First, they plump skin and gently lift it to restore collagen loss due to the normal aging process. Secondly, dermal fillers motivate the body to create its own natural collagen and restore your face to a more natural, youthful appearance moving forward.

FDA-approved dermal fillers are minimally invasive and very safe. As with any procedure, there are possible risks, the most common being post-procedure bruising and swelling - which are usually very minimal and resolve quickly.

Dermal filler treatments typically take 20-40 minutes and the amount of dermal filler needed will depend on volume loss and the areas you would like to restore to their natural beauty. You will see results immediately after treatment.

Interested in achieving that youthful look?

Call and make your appointment today at White Smiles General Dentistry in Pensacola at (850) 912-8877.

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