Teeth clenching or grinding is an involuntary action which we cannot control and may occur whether while we’re sleeping or awake. The medical term for unconscious teeth grinding and jaw clencing is bruxism and many people are suffering from this for years without even noticing it.
70 % of grinding and clenching happens while sleeping at night but may also occur while concentrating (driving car, reading a book or watching the TV for instance) or under stress.
If you’re grinding your teeth, there are some things you can do to stop it. Some medications may give better results than others depending on the underlying cause of teeth grinding and symptoms. And one of these medications is botox.
For some people, strong jaw muscles are a part of their normal anatomies. These muscles known as masseter muscles are the ones depending on your jaw’s angle and controlling all the motions associated with chewing the foods. For this application, a medical expert injects a little amount of Botox directly into the masseter. This is a big muscle that moves the jaw. Botox does not cure bruxism but helps to relax this muscle. This way, teeth grinding and associated headaches are relieved.
Traditional treatments may help patients to successfully protect their teeth from damage at night but don’t address the root of the issue. Botulinum toxin may soften the look of the jawline and may lead to dramatic changes in the shape of the face after regular treatment. It results with more apparent cheekbones and jaw which are particualrly important for patients who desires a thinner and clear jawline and typically exertile cheekbones at the same time.
Jaw shaping with fillers may also improve the jaw angle, that’s why this treatment usually made together with jawline thinning procedure.
Small doses of Botulinum toxin are injected directly into the masseter muscles at both sides of the face and spread multiple points inside the muscles. This helps muscles to relax and reduces grinding and masseter hypertrophy. While many patients report thinning in face and jaw as a consequence of botulinum therapy, voluntary movements such as chewing and facial expressions are not affected by the process.
Procedure is highly effective with too little or no pain at all and without any time of recovery. Facial slimming and jaw downsizing effect are seen at any time between 2 to 8 weeks.
Jawline slimming treatment may change your face completely. People actually can go from a square and masculine jaw to a narrow and oval face in a few weeks.
Depending on the recommended treatment, results are begun to be seen in three weeks. Results last for three to four months typically. One more treatment is needed sometime after 4-8 weeks to get the best results and a follow-up is conducted six months after this.
Results are generally recovered significantly within the first year of the treatment. Finally, when muscles are relaxed and get to atrophy in time, less botulinum will be needed and there will be more time between treatments.
Using botulinum toxin to relax masseter muscles is a safe and effective way of treating both the neurogenic and muscular elements of bruxism with too little interruptions and minimum side effects.
Injections may give a feel of sting and it takes nearly 5 minutes to be completed, after that you can get back to your normal activities. There are very rare side effects reported regarding the botulinum toxin spreading away from the injection area.
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