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 that 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 known as a neurotoxin injectable and is used to break apart the chemicals used in aging. Botox is also used for the treatment of pain related to conditions such as TMJ Disorder. 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. You should not use Botox if you have a neuromuscular condition, are pregnant, have an allergy to botulinum toxin, or have a bleeding disorder.


Juvederm is known as a dermal filler. These fillers are strictly used to add volume to different sections of soft tissues around the face and body. This added volume has the ability to reduce wrinkles, Juvederm’s primary goal. Juvederm 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, though it has a much longer-term effect lasting anywhere between six and eighteen months. This makes it a much longer-term solution than botox despite still not being a permanent solution.
  • Cons: Some of the common side effects following Juvederm administration include the likes of bruising, pain, and swelling. In terms of cost, it’s an expensive procedure. Juvederm is priced on a per-syringe basis and syringes normally cost around $500 to $800 It’s worth noting that the average treatment consists of two syringes. Another thing to keep in mind is that Juvederm is not for those who have skin pigmentation disorders, bleeding disorders, excessive scarring, or pregnant individuals.

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, consider a consultation with Caven Dental. Based in Jacksonville Florida, Caven Dental has worked with countless patients on figuring out which solution is best for their situation. Taking a personalized approach to each client, Caven Dental is the place for a unique dental care experience. Consider calling (904) 645-3366 to schedule an appointment today!

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