Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Bruxism is a habit that affects around 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.

Bruxism is classified into awake bruxism and sleep bruxism. Awake bruxism is characterised by involuntary clenching of the teeth and jaw bracing in reaction to certain stimuli. There is generally no tooth grinding with awake bruxism. Sleep bruxism is characterised by automatic teeth grinding with rhythmic and sustained jaw muscle contractions.

Relief can be achieved by injecting small doses of Botox (botulinum toxin) directly into the masseter muscle (the jaw), weakening the muscle enough to stop habitual grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw improving some of the adverse effects of continual grinding

An added bonus to treatment can also be jaw slimming.  Masseter reduction for cosmetic purposes – is a simple yet effective procedure that involves the injection of the Botox (botulinum type A) into the large masseter muscles to create a slim and more feminine jawline.

Cost of treatment from £300

Gummy smile

Some people feel that when they smile they show too much of their gums, or that their gums are simply too prominent when they smile – this is often referred to as a ‘gummy smile’. Gummy Smile is a phenomenon that when some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile.

One of the causes is a hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more.

Gummy smile can be simply and effectively corrected with Botox (Botulinum Toxin) injections to reduce the activity of the muscle that elevates the upper lip. Occasionally Dermal Fillers are needed to add volume to the lip to achieve the best aesthetic result

Treatment Cost from £125

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