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