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BRUXISM (TEETH GRINDING)
/FACIAL SLIMMING

Say Goodbye to Teeth Grinding

BRUXISM (TEETH GRINDING)/JAW SLIMMING

A wide jaw is one that appears large and out of proportion with the rest of the face.Many people are frustrated by a wide jawline and overactive masseter muscle due to grinding of the teeth/bruxism and other factors. Facial slimming (also known as masseter reduction or jawline reduction), refers to the optical narrowing of the face by injecting muscle relaxant into the masseter (masticatory muscle).

Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which can occur either while awake or asleep. Many men and woman clench or grind their teeth for years, without being aware of it. It often happens while they are asleep, or while concentrating or under stress.

Bruxism does not always cause symptoms, but it can wear down your teeth over time and lead to more severe and painful physical problems.

WHAT CAUSES BRUXISM (TEETH GRINDING)?

The cause of teeth grinding is not always clear, but it is usually linked to a combination of physical and psychological factors, including stress, anxiety or sleep problems. Tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, certain medications and recreational drugs may also increase the risk of bruxism.

The MAIN SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM

Because you may have bruxism while you sleep and be unaware of your teeth grinding, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism before complications develop.

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

  • Headaches

  • Earaches

  • Damaged teeth and enamel

  • Square jawline

  • Swollen face

  • Neck pain

  • Interrupted sleep

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, request a consultation asap. Severe bruxism can not only damage teeth and result in tooth loss, but it can also affect your jaws and even change the appearance of your face.

BENEFITS OF GETTING A BOTOX INJECTION IN THE MASSETER MUSCLE 

Apart from the obvious benefits of decreasing pain from teeth grinding and jaw clenching, it can: 

  • Relieve jaw tension 

  • Balance the face 

  • Slim the appearance of a wide jaw 

  • Eliminate headaches that originate from the jaw area 

TREATMENT OF WIDE JAW/ BRUXISM (TEETH GRINDING) WITH NEUROTOXINS

Conventional treatments can help bruxism sufferers successfully protect their teeth from damage at night, however, they do not address the source of the problem.

Recently, a new procedure with an injectable neurotoxin called Botulinum Toxin Type A, has proven to be an innovative treatment option for targeting and treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity.

People with severe bruxism, who do not respond to other treatments, can get tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with bruxism from treatments with Botulinum Toxin Type A.

Moreover, a common by-product of bruxism is often a wide and severe square jawline, due to hypertrophic growth of the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw).

Botulinum toxin can soften the appearance of the jaw line, leading to dramatic changes in face shape after regular treatment.

HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK

Injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle helps the muscles relax and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding, hence improving the pain associated with bruxism. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected by the procedure.

Masseter hypertrophy (with and without bruxism) is treated similarly with botulinum toxin to sculpt the lower face, and most patients report thinning of the face and jaw as a result of treatment with botulinum toxin.

Botulinum toxin is a safe, effective, treatment with little downtime or side effects for treating both the neurogenic and muscular components of bruxism. Results typically lasts for three to four months.

Procedure Time

30 minutes

Duration Of Actions

3-4 months 

Back To Work

Immediately

Risks & Complications

Redness, Bruising

Onset Of Results

2 Weeks

Anaesthetic

Optional

Anti WrinkleAnti Wrinkle Treatment Treatments

FAQs

Do wrinkle-relaxing injections hurt? Wrinkle -relaxing injections are quite superficial and performed with a very thin needle, and therefore very comfortable.

I'm pregnant, can I have wrinkle-relaxing injections? Wrinkle-relaxing injections are not advised for pregnant or nursing mums, as the effects on the baby are currently unknown.

Are anti-wrinkle injections safe? Anti-wrinkle injections are safe when they are completed by a trained medical practitioner. Medical practitioners must have the appropriate training to complete this non-surgical treatment, the risks are extremely minimal.

Who Should Not Use Anti-wrinkle injections? If you are considering having Anti-wrinkle treatment, then you should always book a consultation with a member of Aesthetic Ace Clinic Team. There is a selection of people who are advised not to have this type of treatment completed: The injection site is infected You are allergic to any of the ingredients You are pregnant or breastfeeding You have a neuromuscular disorder (e.g. myasthenia gravis) If you are still unsure if you are suited for Anti-wrinkle injections treatment then a full list of side effects, cautions and contraindications will be discussed at face-to-face consultation.

What happens after Anti-wrinkle injections? You can carry on with your day as normal and will be advised to avoid strenuous activity, saunas and other facial treatments for up to 24 hours after the treatment. The results from Anti-wrinkle injections can be seen almost immediately. After 4-10 days of having undergone treatment, you will notice an improvement in your lines and wrinkles.

What will the treatment involve? Anti-wrinkle injections are one of the quickest cosmetic treatments available at The Aesthetic Ace Clinic. The treatment will involve a doctor making a series of small injections into the muscles of your face. The injection process itself will only take a few minutes.

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OTHER OPTIONS FOR BRUXISM (TEETH GRINDING)

It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about all the pros and cons of Botox treatment. Although dental anti-bruxism devices can successfully protect teeth from damage at night, they are ineffective in stopping the painful side effects of teeth grinding, such as a sore jaw, migraines and general facial pain. 

For these types of side effects, medications are often prescribed but are generally not very effective for treatment of bruxism. Examples of medications that may be used for bruxism include:

  • Muscle relaxants

  • Medication for anxiety or stress

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

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