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What is the Difference Between Botox and Juvederm?

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Cosmetic dentistry covers a whole lot more than teeth whitening and smile makeovers via the likes of implants, crowns and fillings. Cosmetic dentistry also covers procedures that can help make the area around the mouth, or the smile itself, look better.

On that note, it shouldn't surprise you to learn than Botox and Juvederm are two common treatments that dentists often administer to patients to make any cosmetic work look even better.

Botox and Juvederm are both injection treatments that aim to make people look more youthful - but that's where the similarities end, as there are many differences between the two. This post will take a look at the pros, cons and key differences between each procedure to help you gain a better understanding of which one might be best for you.


Botox is the injection of Clostridium botulinum bacteria to the face, which is designed to reduce muscle activity and minimize the appearance of lines and/or wrinkles.

  • Pros: It's a fast procedure, usually only taking 10-15 minutes to administer. It also doesn't require any type of anesthetic, as usually just a cold pack can eliminate any discomfort throughout the procedure. Finally, Botox injections have long been administered, so there's a history of effectiveness, and they aren't associated with any recovery period, so patients can resume regular activities immediately. Botox is also affordable, at least as far as injections go. Normally, it costs about $250 to treat one area of the face.
  • Cons: The biggest drawback of Botox is that it's a temporary solution, lasting only three to four months. Side effects, while rare, may also persist. These include the likes of headaches, bruising and facial pain.


Juvederm is a procedure that uses hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that works to hydrate the skin and make it look more youthful. When it comes to using Juvederm to complement dental procedures, it is best used to eliminate potentially unsightly smile lines.

  • Pros: The procedure is fast and the results are immediate. What's more is that it's a procedure that can be administered on any skin type and there's virtually zero risk of allergic reaction following its administration. Like Botox, Juvederm is also a temporary solution, but it's a solution that can last up to six months - longer than Botox will usually last.
  • Cons: While allergic side effects are rare, other side effects following Juvederm administration are more common. These may include the likes of bruising, pain and swelling. In terms of cost, it's an expensive procedure. Juvederm is priced on a per-vial basis, and vials normally cost about $500 each. It's worth noting that the average treatment consists of two vials.

As you can see, both Botox and Juvederm have their share of pros and cons. While Botox is more affordable than Juvederm, it doesn't last quite as long. Juvederm, conversely, can be administered on any skin type effectively and has little to no risk of allergic reaction following the procedure. What method is best for you and your situation? It's all based on your situation and preferences. For more information about Botox and Juvederm, contact Caven Dental today.

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