Botox® does one thing. It relaxes muscles. When used in the upper face, it relaxes the muscles that cause the expressions that lead to wrinkling. Botox® is now widely used to treat things other than wrinkles. Using the same muscle relaxing properties, Botox® has been used to treat everything from headaches (for which it is very effective) to bladder control issues. Botox® can also be used, by a skilled physician injector, to relax the mandibular (jaw) muscles, and prevent teeth grinding. Most of us grind our teeth from time to time, but some of us are habitual teeth-grinders. For those who habitually grind your teeth, you can harm your teeth, degrade your gum tissue, and even crack your teeth. You may also notice headaches and a sore jaw – especially when you wake up in the morning.

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I am a heavy teeth-grinder, and have been for as long as I can remember. I’ve gone through several mouth guards, and never consistently wore one because it made me feel uncomfortable and unattractive.

I wasn’t sure about the hype around Botox® for teeth grinding (a.k.a. Bruxism), but I am now a huge fan of injections in these areas. Since receiving a few simple injections into my lower jaw muscles, I no longer grind my teeth. For me, the result is fewer headaches, a more relaxed jaw, and less strain on my teeth. I also don’t have to feel guilty about not wearing my mouth guard! Woo-hoo!

Because I have been such a heavy grinder, I also had bulkier lower jaw. Because I was overusing my mandibular muscles, they appeared bulky – and this was not a look I wanted. Over time, with continued injections, my jaw muscles will thin out and my face will have a more attractive, more feminine shape.

I encourage you to try Botox® for Bruxism. It’s a fast, easy treatment, and you need only about 15-20 units of Botox® per side, making it relatively affordable.

*Results may vary from patient to patient

By / March 18, 2015 / Botox