How to treat teeth grinding with Botox and reduce a widening lower face

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

It’s a well-known fact that Botox can ease the appearance of wrinkles, but it’s abilities also extend to teeth grinding. 

Teeth grinding also known as bruxism, is an issue that plagues a lot of us. Whether we realise that we are over clenching or grinding our teeth during the day or unknowingly when we sleep, this can now be  with Botox. 

Where is Botox injected to treat teeth grinding? 

Not to worry, we don’t inject anywhere in the mouth – we leave that to the dentists. When we chew, we use muscles of mastication and one of those muscles is called the masseter muscles. These muscles are located running down the cheek to the jaw. Botox is injected into the masseter muscles. 

botox teeth grinding masseter muscle

How does the Botox work on the masseter muscles? 

The clinical effects of Botox on Bruxism have been proven to effectively work[1]. Once injected into the masseter muscles, Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles, reducing nerve signals from reaching the muscles that play a pivotal role in clenching and grinding. Botox will help to alleviate and prevent involuntary movements of bruxism.  

Botox is also used in this area for masseter reductions. All that clenching and grinding of teeth can make our masseter muscles get bigger which can make our faces look wider. Many patients want to reduce their masseters, and Botox can also work to slim the face by relaxing these jaw muscles. There is even the added benefit of possibly having pronounced cheekbones from this treatment. 

Other 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 

Why choose Botox to stop teeth grinding? 

Quite simply, many don’t want the burden of wearing a mouth guard. Botox is: 

  • Non-invasive with no downtime so your day-to-day routine isn’t affected 
  • For many, it is an affordable option 
  • Not painful. Even patients who say they are sensitive to pain find Botox to be more comfortable than they expected 
  • Has the extra bonus of reshaping the face to reduce bulky masseter muscles and create a feminine shape  
  • Considered the perfect lunchtime treatment, with it easily being done in under 30 minutes 

The Cosmetic Skin Clinic 

At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, our practitioners are specialists in administering FDA-approved Botox for teeth grinding. Our founder, Dr Tracy Mountford, was named as one of the top 5 Botox doctors in the UK and has handpicked and trained our doctors to a high standard. Along with training to the highest level, our practitioners have years of experience and qualifications that confidently enable them to safely give you amazing Botox results. 

Don’t suffer from teeth grinding any longer and book your consultation today. Alternatively, you can directly give our London or Buckinghamshire Botox clinics a call at 0203 319 3637 (London) or 01753 646 660 (Buckinghamshire). 

Source: [1] The Evaluation of the Clinical Effects of Botulinum Toxin on Nocturnal  

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