Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw.
It is commonly caused by anxiety or stress and most often occurs whilst an individual is sleeping whereupon the surfaces of the teeth are ground against one another. Bruxism can result in facial pains, tooth ache and headaches if left untreated. It can also affect your quality of sleep and lead to damage to your teeth as you wear them down. Bruxism can also give the jaw a square appearance.
Simple treatment with botulinum toxin injections can both reduce the bruxism and soften the appearance of the jawline. We use our jaws all the time, whether for chewing, biting, talking, smiling or yawning. There is nearly always a constant need to use our jaw muscles to open and close our mouths. With this constant movement, the jaw muscles or masseters are one of the strongest muscles in the head.
The jawline is also an important attribute in beauty, with a wide or square-like jaw, which is a sign of strength in a man, being considered an unattractive feature in a woman. This lantern jaw like appearance is often due to prominent masseter muscles which have become prominent due to teeth grinding and jaw clenching which has over exercised the muscles and added bulk to them – much like a body builder enlarges the biceps in their arms. By reducing the over activity of the chewing muscles, we can both stop the teeth grinding and improve the dental health, but also reduce the squareness to the jaw and restore a more feminine look.
At the Dr SW Clinics, we use a treatment more commonly used as wrinkle reducing injections, which use the active ingredient of botulinum toxin as a therapeutic tool to relieve what can often also be a painful condition triggered by the jaw muscles and to treat chronic teeth grinding. The botulinum toxin is used to weaken the response of the masseter muscles so that you can continue to move your mouth normally when you need to talk or chew, but so that they are weakened enough to stop you grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is an advanced treatment technique using botulinum toxin and you can be sure that Dr Sherif Wakil and his team offer you experience and skills in this treatment.
Bruxism treatment has proven to be successful, although does need regular repeat treatments. It has minimal risks and complications, and if often described as life-changing for those with significant bruxism.
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Treatment Summary at a glance
Approx. 15 mins
One, repeated every 6-12 months
Minimal pain at injection site, mild bruising
Softens a square jawline, improves teeth grinding.
Immediately, no downtime
Up to a week for Botox to activate. Noticeable improvements after one session
How does it work?
The treatment involves injections into the masseter muscle, the muscle that enables you to bite and chew. The injectable relaxes the muscle and reduces its strength, inhibiting the ability to overly grind the teeth.
Over time, and a few treatment session, it also softens the appearance of a square jaw as the masseter muscle become less prominent, giving the jawline a more contoured, softer appearance.
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If you suffer from teeth grinding, which is causing you pain, headaches or problems sleeping then this could be the right treatment for you.
If you have an overly square jaw and would like to soften its appearance, this treatment may also be suitable.
Because botulinum toxin is a prescription only medicine, you will need to book in for a face-to-face consultation with Dr Wakil to ascertain whether this treatment is right for you or not. A full medical history will be taken and a physical examination of your jaw movement and facial features undertaken.
The treatment is minimally invasive, using fine needles, and only takes a few minutes so you should not experience any pain.
The treatment is very quick as it only involves a small number of injections. Treatment time should be less than 15 minutes.
There is no downtime/recovery with this treatment.
With the use of botulinum toxin injections, not only are our patients experiencing great relief from jaw pain, jaw soreness, tension, and headaches, but they are seeing a dramatic change in the way their face looks. This change occurs over two or three sessions, as the masseter muscle shrinks and weakens gradually. It will take about a week for you to notice any difference after treatment. The effects will last about three to four months but can last longer, particularly after repeated treatments.
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