by Liz Janowski, VP
We all know about the uses of Botox® or Dysport® (another widely used competitor to Botox®) to relax the muscles that cause wrinkles to form in the upper face and between the brows. That same ability to relax muscles means that Botox®/Dysport® can be use in many different areas with the same effect. For example, Botox® is now FDA approved to prevent migraines (by relaxing muscles all over the head, scalp and neck) and to prevent an overactive bladder.
One of the lesser known, but in my opinion, most powerful uses of Botox®/Dysport® is to prevent teeth grinding and relax the jaw. A few quick injections into the massetter (jaw) muscles on either side of the face can stop excessive teeth grinding. Many of us grind our teeth (also called Bruxism) – and often times – we do not realize we are doing it. Not only can this excessive grinding wear down your teeth and traumatize your gums, but it also builds up your jaw muscles – giving your face a square-like and more “masculine” appearance.
I was a big teeth grinder, oftentimes grinding away at night – and would often wake up with a very sore jaw. My bruxism also left me with tension headaches, as well as a thicker lower jaw line and a more “square-like” face. With the repeated use of Botox®/Dysport® in this area, retreated about every four months, I no longer grind my teeth … and my jawline has transformed – giving me a more oval-like face, and a more feminine appearance. Friends who I haven’t seen in years have mentioned how much more soft my face shape is. (And…I also don’t have to use my (gross) night guard anymore!)
Both men and women would benefit from using Botox®/Dysport® to prevent teeth grinding. Save your teeth and gums, prevent a sore jaw and headaches, and improve your overall face shape.
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*Results may vary from patient to patient