Teeth grinding can affect many people and may occur day or night, but nocturnal bruxism during sleep causes the majority of problems. It is found more commonly in women. Whilst the causes for bruxism are not fully understood, it is believed to be an unconscious behaviour that develops into a habit. This is why most patients who suffer with bruxism tend to teeth grind at night for lengthy periods, unaware of their actions.
Bruxism can be regarded as a disorder of repetitive and unconscious use of the masseter muscles. The masseters are located on the sides of the face and can be felt when the teeth are clenched. In the treatment of bruxism, Botulinum Toxin is injected into the masseters which causes weakening of the muscle enough to reduce the effects of grinding and clenching. The small dose however does not prevent chewing or use of the jaw. By utilising Botox®, the cycle of teeth clenching can be broken and the resulting symptoms treated. The client will notice the benefits of treatment within 2 weeks.
Some people have very prominent jaw muscles of the lower face, known as ‘masseter hypertrophy’. This can occur in patients who grind their teeth or it may simply be part of their normal facial structure. When these muscles are bulky, they create a widening effect of the lower face. In women, a ‘squared jaw’ appearance is perceived to be more ‘masculine’. This is most apparent when viewing a person’s face head on.
Botulinum Toxin can be injected into the jaw muscles to cause relaxation. The client will notice that the muscles, as a consequence also get smaller over a period of approximately 4- 8 weeks. The procedure aims to slim the lower face and jaw line gently over a period of time. This is also known as ‘lower facial contouring’ and gives an aesthetically pleasing result.
At Skin Made Perfect we understand that some individuals would prefer to have treatments done in the comfort and privacy of their own home and if possible we will try to accommodate this. Please be aware that an additional £25 will be charged for home visits.
At Skin Made Perfect we offer this treatment to reduce the width of the jawline. It is thought that by reducing the width of the jaw this can improve facial structure and heighten one’s attractiveness.
Jaw reduction in carried out by injecting Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) into the muscle used for chewing food (masseter muscle) on both sides of the face. Botulinum Toxin will then weaken the masseters over time leading to a reduction of the overall size of the muscle/jawline.
The best way to assess the thickness of the masseter is by clenching your teeth and feeling the outer jawline. If the muscle appears to be rock hard and enlarged, you may be a suitable candidate to undergo this procedure. At Skin Made Perfect, Dr Camilla will have to personally examine and assess your facial muscles to see if you are appropriate for the procedure.