Do you grind your teeth or clench your jaw…? This is actually a common condition named Bruxism and can cause a lot of stress, tension and sleepless nights. Not to mention that it is bad for the quality of your teeth.
The masseter muscle is the largest and strongest muscle functioning in mastication. When overused through excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching, it becomes tight, sore and even enlarged. Some individuals might do this in their sleep and not even realise and wake up with pain in the jaw. Some individuals are more aware of this behaviour and find they clench and grind day or night. There are many treatments out there, but the best treatment is administering muscle relaxant injectables (also known as anti-wrinkle injections) to the area. The muscle relaxant targets the muscle to relax contractions therefore ceasing the jaw clenching action.
Getting this treatment a few times can help stop the habit and in time ongoing treatment may not be required as the habit ceases. As this treatment relaxes the muscle it also slims the jawline so can also be used cosmetically to change its appearance.
If your jaw is bothering you, come in for a consultation with our Cosmetic Nurse Brooke. She has over 10 years’ experience and works closely with Dr Alice Rudd to create beautiful results.