Bruxism is defined as the excessive habit of teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching and estimated to affect between 8-10% of the UK population. This habit can often present during sleep, while concentrating and/or under stress.
Symptoms of bruxism include:
- worn-down teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity and even tooth loss
- broken teeth or fillings
- sleep disruption (for you or your partner)
- pain and stiffness in the jaw joint
Due to the nature of this excessive habit, the face can often exhibit the visual widening/squaring of the jaw due to the hypertrophic growth of the masseter muscle (main 'chewing' muscle used).
Toxin treatment can be used to temporarily relax the masseter muscle and thus reduce the ability for teeth grinding/jaw clenching. Results of this treatment may also be used to produce the noticeably desired aesthetic effect of slimming or slenderising the jawline, for an enhanced 'V line' front profile.
Therefore, the choice of this toxin treatment has two main purposes:
- Temporarily reduce teeth grind/jaw clenching (aka bruxism)
- Jaw slimming for aesthetic beautification