At AAAMS (The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery), we constantly receive questions from dental hygienists about whether they’re qualified to take our Botox and dermal filler training courses and earn their certification. So, if you’re a dental hygienist or other dental professional, we are delighted to tell you that the answer is a resounding yes!
Why Botox and Dermal Filler Makes So Much Sense for Dental Hygienists
There are three main reasons Botox and filler training are an especially good fit and smart career move for dental hygienists.
- The market for aesthetic medicine is exploding
- Dental hygienists are already ahead of the game
- Botox has multiple dental applications
Let’s take a closer look at each.
The Market for Aesthetic Medicine is Exploding
Demand for medical aesthetics is mushrooming, and it’s more than industry hype. Even Fortune 50 consulting firms like McKinsey & Co. are taking note. Business and finance magazines like Entrepreneur and World Finance are dedicating multi-page spreads to the “Zoom Boom,” the phenomenon responsible for driving the post-pandemic surge in non-invasive aesthetics procedures.
Simply put, aesthetic medicine is one of the hottest markets that any dental or medical professional can enter, especially because Botox and dermal filler certification are fast, fun, highly affordable, and incredibly easy to integrate into your existing practice.
Dental Hygienists are Already Ahead of the Game
Dental hygienists have a distinct advantage when it comes to becoming skilled at performing Botox injections. For one, dental hygienists are already fairly face-focused and have prior training in facial anatomy, making them a perfect fit for aesthetic medicine. Second, the role of a dental hygienist requires meticulous attention to detail. Third, dental hygienists have a very “up close and personal” relationship with their patients and are typically highly skilled at managing patient interactions and helping patients feel at ease and comfortable.
Each of these strengths is mandatory for a successful career in aesthetic medicine, and compared to most other aspiring injectors, dental hygienists are already ahead of the game. Moreover, as more and more patients seek cosmetic applications of aesthetic injectables from dental providers, many dental practices aspire to become one-stop shops for dental work and aesthetic treatments. And this makes a lot of sense. After all, dentistry has a strong aesthetic component. And its focus on the health and appearance of the lower face means that dental patients are already primed for aesthetic treatments for the following concerns:
Patients often present to dental practices with complaints of peau d’orange, the medical name for the dimples, divots, and ripples that appear on the chin of some patients. Peau d’orange is caused by a chronic contraction of the mentalis muscle and can be easily and effectively treated with Botox.
Mental Creases, Marionette Lines, and Jowl Formation
Both Botox and dermal fillers can soften or erase the horizontal crease and volume loss that forms and deepen beneath the mouth with age. These products can also replace chin volume, improve marionette lines, and restore youthful jaw contours.
With its focus on the mouth, lip enhancement is among the most complementary procedures dental hygienists can offer. Botox and dermal fillers can be used on their own or in combination. Botox in the upper lip is used to create the popular “lip flip.” In conjunction with dermal fillers, hygienists can create many different lip styles for their patients.
Botox has Multiple Dental Applications
Did you know that Botox is used for much more than simply aesthetic enhancement and that a dental practice represents an ideal environment for aesthetic and non-aesthetic applications alike? Botox injections can effectively treat many of the problems and cosmetic concerns that dental patients commonly present with, including:
Teeth-Grinding or Jaw-Clenching
Teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching are very common, and there’s no dental practice that won’t repeatedly field this concern from patients. Even though the oral teeth guards your office can provide can mitigate dental damage, they can’t prevent other problems that often arise from this activity: jaw pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. But by injecting Botox into the masseter, the muscles responsible for teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching are weakened, reducing the tension that produces pain in other areas. Masseter treatment is also a great option for patients seeking a more feminized jawline.
Botox is FDA-approved for treating chronic migraine headaches. When Botox is injected into nerve endings, it can reduce the frequency and severity of migraines by dampening mechanisms responsible for sending pain signals.
Ready to Take Your Dental Career to the Next Level?
AAAMS is the fully-accredited, industry-leading platform for excellence in aesthetics education. We give you everything you need to expand your dental practice with aesthetic medicine or make a complete pivot to this exciting specialty! With world-class instructors, a rigorous yet highly engaging curriculum, a fast track to certification, and a professional network that sets you up for success from day one, you will love training with us!
To learn more about us, visit our website. Explore our aesthetic courses, check out all the fantastic benefits you get with membership in the Aesthetics Network, and get started today!
We look forward to training with you!