Jaw Slimming/Grinding

Teeth Grinding and Jawline Slimming

Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is a a habit that affects approximately 8-10% of the population.

It is broadly characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headache. Most people grind and/or clench their teeth occasionally to a certain degree.

The underlying cause is not completely understood but it may be due to a combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors. Bruxism can resolve itself over time in some cases, however in prolonged cases or where it leads to pain, direct treatment can be of great benefit.

Naturally, repeatedly clenching your jaw results in stronger jaw muscles and in particular the masseter muscles. The masseter muscle can be found by pressing your finger on the area between your cheekbone and jawline and then clenching your jaw. The muscle will bulge outwards and put pressure on your finger. This is our target.

Treating this area involves injecting Botox, in a very specific and controlled manner, directly into the masseter muscle. Botox, as a neurotoxin, relaxes the muscle and prevents you from being able to clench as hard as you have become used to doing. By relaxing the muscle we greatly reduce the likelihood of involuntarily grinding your teeth.

An additional effect of bruxism is a growth in size of the masseter muscles, resulting in a wider and overly square jawline. This can give a more masculine look. By relaxing the masseter muscles, not only do we treat bruxism, we also make the jaw appear slimmer. This treatment allows for changing the shape of the face without a scalpel, pain, swelling and zero downtime.

How many treatments will I need?

If you choose to go ahead with this treatment we recommend the following treatment regime:

  1. Initial treatment
  2. Second treatment four months after the first treatment
  3. Third treatment five months after the second treatment
  4. Fourth treatment six months after your third treatment

After the above treatment schedule, most of our clients maintain the results with a repeat treatment every six months.

Can anyone get this treatment done?

Any client who has a neuromuscular disorder such as Myasthensia Gravis or Eaton Lambert Syndrome should not have this treatment. In addition, clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those with active dental and skin infections should avoid having this treatment too.