Botox® works by relaxing muscles that are overworking, causing wrinkles in the skin over top of those muscles. For example, we can use Botox® for smoothing out the fine wrinkles that form around the mouth, often called “smoker’s lines” or “water bottle lines”. On most patients Botox® takes effect in just a few days, and lasts for months.
Botox® has been also approved by the FDA for painful conditions potentially related to TMJ disorder, such as migraines. Botox® relieves jaw tension by relaxing the muscles that engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain. Botox® treatment for TMJ disorders and migraines is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within a few days.