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What Is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?

From teeth whitening to Invisalign, there are many ways to perfect your smile. But did you know that you can further enhance your smile with Botox and dermal filler? Botox and fillers are simple, non-invasive treatments that not only help reduce facial wrinkles, but can also treat issues like gummy smiles and thin lips. We explain the differences between Botox and dermal fillers and explore their benefits below. 

Botox vs. Dermal Fillers: Here’s How They Compare


Commonly used to smooth wrinkles, Botox injections can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. However, Botox can also help treat a variety of health issues, including TMJ disorders, frequent migraines, and teeth grinding. It typically takes up to two weeks to see results after professional Botox injections.

Derived from the botulinum toxin, Botox is a potent neurotoxin that temporarily (and safely) paralyzes the facial muscles. It’s used to treat dynamic wrinkles, like the ones triggered by smiling, squinting, and other muscle movements. However, it cannot treat wrinkles that are apparent when the facial muscles are relaxed. 

Dermal Fillers

Like Botox, dermal fillers are primarily a cosmetic treatment. The procedure is most often used to create fuller lips and to fill in wrinkles, making you appear younger. But unlike Botox, dermal fillers provide more immediate results. 

Typically composed of hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers add volume to specific facial areas that have been affected by aging. Instead of correcting dynamic wrinkles, dermal fillers smooth out static wrinkles that appear regardless of facial movements. 

How They Complement Each Other

Botox is often used to target dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, while dermal fillers are typically used to reduce the appearance of static wrinkles on the lower half of the face. By targeting different types of wrinkles at the same time, combining Botox and dermal fillers allows for a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. 

Neither Botox nor dermal fillers can offer permanent results. However, using Botox before adding fillers in the same area can help prolong the effects of both treatments. The Botox serum restricts muscle movements, preventing the fillers from breaking down too quickly. 

Three Benefits of Botox and Dermal Fillers

Whether used separately or together, Botox and fillers offer significant benefits for dental patients looking to improve their smiles. 

  1. Improved Confidence 

The aesthetically pleasing appearance that Botox and dermal fillers achieve can give you a major boost in self-confidence. 

  1. Minimally Invasive Treatments

Botox and fillers are non-invasive treatments—compared to plastic surgery, these treatments are faster and more comfortable, with a much shorter recovery time.  

  1. Long-Lasting Results

You can expect Botox to last around 3 months, and dermal fillers to last for 6 to 12 months, depending on the treatment.  

Addressing Cosmetic Issues with Botox and Lip Fillers

Botox and dermal fillers are widely known for their cosmetic benefits. However, these treatments can do a lot more than just smooth wrinkles. Qualified dentists can use Botox and lip fillers to address the aesthetic concerns of patients who have good teeth but are not satisfied with the way they smile. 

Lip Lifts

Also known as a lip flip, injecting Botox into the corners of the mouth causes the upper lip to turn slightly upward and appear fuller. However, Botox can’t actually restore volume the way dermal fillers do. Using both Botox and fillers on the lips can offer a more prominent lift and plumper lips. 

Gummy Smile Correction

Some people have thin upper lips, causing them to show more of their gums when they smile. Botox injections prevent the lips from lifting and exposing the gums when you smile. By combining Botox with dermal fillers that add volume to the lips, these treatments can completely transform a “gummy” smile. 

Botox and Fillers in South Jordan, Utah

Now that you understand the difference between Botox and dermal fillers, it’s time to see the benefits for yourself. The team at Copper Creek Dental has been certified by the AAFE to safely provide both treatments. From gummy smiles to TMJ disorders, we’re qualified to treat a wide range of dental issues with Botox and fillers. Give us a call at 801-280-1911 today to schedule an appointment.

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