CAN BOTOX STOP MY TEETH GRINDING?
The use of BOTOX® For teeth grinding, aka bruxism, the unconscious clenching and grinding of the teeth that takes place during the night (while you are asleep) has been a fairly recent and seemingly successful alternative therapy for persons suffering from teeth grinding at night.
Bruxism affects an estimated 1 in 12 adults and has several side effects including a face that appears shortened between the chin and nose and/or enlarged masseter muscle which can enlarge the jaw.
This enlarged jaw can actually look good on some men. But it doesn’t tend to suit the feminine jaw line as it can give the jawline a squarer appearance. This is generally due to an increase in the size of the masseter (jaw line) muscles that results in a widening of the jaw line. With advanced techniques and specialised use of Botulinum Toxin the strength and size of the masseter muscle can be reduced giving a softer angle at the jaw, a less square jaw and a more youthful oval face.
The procedure has no downtime and patients generally notice softening of the masseter muscle at one week and softening of the jaw line at around 6-8 weeks. To maintain the results six monthly treatments are normally recommended.
How does BOTOX®work?
Quick answer: It blocks the nerve signals to the muscles thus relaxing them.
Where do the injections go?
Quick answer: Treatment areas typically include the temporalis, lateral pyterygoid and the masseter muscle.
BOTOX® injections should be performed by qualified injectors and at Rippon Medical Services you can be comforted by knowing that you will be seen and treated by Dr Rippon, international expert masterclass trained aesthetic doctor.