Bruxism (grinding and jaw clenching) is a reasonably common phenomenon and affects about 20% of the population. It very often occurs during sleep but can occur when the patient is awake. It can go unnoticed when the symptoms are mild but in more severe cases it can lead to an array of symptoms including headaches, facial pain, sore jaw, sensitive teeth, excessive tooth wear, neck pain. Bruxism can be exacerbated by stress and anxiety.

When you grind, the masseter muscles which cover the jaws just below the cheeks and are the major muscles used in chewing food, become over-active. Botulinum toxin A injections in the masseter muscle are often used to relax these muscles preventing the excessive activity of these muscles. At Smile Cliniq, London we use very fine, sterile, disposable syringes. This ensures minimal discomfort during treatment. It takes just 5-10 minutes to perform. No recovery time is required, and you can return to your normal routine immediately.

Injections into the masseter muscles can also be used to soften the jaws resulting in a slimmer face.

This diagram shows the injection sites

Who will perform the procedure?

One of our expertly trained dentists will perform the injections.

The procedure:

  • A consultation will be required with one of our clinicians detailing your concerns and past medical history
  • Informed consent for treatment will be obtained
  • Photos may be taken
  • The skin is cleansed
  • The area to be treated will then be marked
  • Botox will be injected
  • Post procedure photos may be taken
  • Post procedure instructions will be given
  • You will be invited for a review and top up if necessary

Are there any side effects?

No, this is a safe procedure with zero downtime.

How long until I see results?

Typically results start after 4-7 days and last between 3-6 months.