Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a condition many people suffer from, without realising that anti-wrinkle injections can offer an effective, quick and affordable cure. But don’t panic- you can treat bruxism with anti-wrinkle injections at Simply Clinics today.
Long gone are the days when treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections were frowned upon. Today, society has widely accepted that aesthetic treatments don’t always have to be obvious and in fact, they can produce subtle, natural results. However, one thing that still isn’t widely known, is that treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections can also be used for medical purposes as well as cosmetic. In our skin clinic, Doctor Haffar uses anti-wrinkle injections to successfully treat medical conditions such as migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). In this Blog Post, we’re going to be explaining how anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat Bruxism.
What is Bruxism and What Causes It?
Bruxism is the medical term given to the condition of teeth grinding. It is a common condition, which affects many people and can have many undesirable results.
Many people will experience bruxism at some point in their lives as there are multiple different triggers for it to occur. It is a condition which can occur when awake and also when asleep, which can make it difficult to identify as it is not always able to be controlled.
You may realise that you suffer with bruxism if you experience headaches, jaw aches or other facial pains when you wake up. You may also notice that your teeth have become damaged and chipped. This is because the condition causes the teeth to clash and grind against each other which can lead to the destruction of the tooth’s enamel and structure. As well as being uncomfortable and causing distress, this can also be a costly treatment to fix in the dentist’s chair so it is important to recognise if you suffer from bruxism early to avoid further damage.
It has also been found that bruxism can occur as a response to stress. Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth when they experience stressful situations or when they are in periods of deep concentration. Again, it is important to recognise if you have this habit as it can lead to uncomfortable side effects.
Treatment with Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Luckily, there is a treatment that we offer in our skin clinics which helps to treat bruxism: anti-wrinkle injections.
This treatment is carried out by injecting a dose of botulinum toxin type-A into the masseter muscles. The masseter muscles are located at the junction of where your jaw meets your cheek bone on each side of the face. This is the muscle which is responsible for actions such as chewing and opening your mouth and is known as one of the strongest muscles in the human body.
When anti-wrinkle injections are used in the masseter muscles, it temporarily weakens them and therefore reduces the jaw from involuntary clenching and stops the teeth from grinding. Don’t worry though- you will still be able to talk and eat as only a small dose is injected!
It is a quick and safe procedure with minimal pain as numbing cream is used. You can expect to see the full results in around a week and repeat treatments are recommended every 3 months to maintain the results and prevent further bruxism.
All of our aesthetic treatments are carried out by Simply Clinics’ founder, Doctor Haffar who has over eight years of experience in the aesthetics industry.
To find out more about the benefits of anti-wrinkle injections, check out our Instagram Guide. If you’re interested in finding out how anti-wrinkle injections can be used to treat medical conditions such as migraines, read this Blog Post.
Jaw Slimming Benefits
Another benefit of this treatment is that it can actually slim and contour your face shape, similarly to dermal fillers.
If you suffer from bruxism, it is likely that you have quite a wide jaw. This is due to the masseter muscles growing and getting larger because of their repeated use. After treatment with anti-wrinkle injections, it gradually reduces the size of the masseter muscles. This then creates a slimmer V-shaped jawline, which is seen as the feminine ideal in the aesthetics world.
Home Care Tips
As well as treatment in our skin clinic with anti-wrinkle injections, there are a few steps that you can implement at home to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism.
The first one, is to be self-aware. If you find that you grind your teeth as a result of stress, try to take note of every time that you do it. Being self-aware can help you to combat this habit for good and avoid the associated negative side effects.
Secondly, if you suffer from bruxism during the night, make sure to avoid stimulating substances such as caffeine for many hours before you sleep. This can help to reduce an overactive brain which can be a cause of bruxism.
Thirdly, make sure that you schedule regular dental appointments. It is important that you visit your dentist every six months. This will help to identify any issues that have arisen as a side effect from bruxism and can help to keep damage at bay. Your dentist may also be able to fit you with a mouthguard to sleep in, which will help to protect your teeth.Back