Interest Piece – Treating bruxism (teeth grinding) with anti-wrinkle injections
By anti-aging Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner Nicole Shir
Bruxism (teeth grinding) disorders are complications that affect the chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. Many clients present with other concerning areas however it is not until a history is obtained to identify some have horrible sleep patterns and discomfort caused by Teeth Grinding. Clients are often unaware of the relief that anti-wrinkle injections can provide. Sometimes an incorrect bite, orthodontic braces, tooth fractures, TMJ arthritis or stress can be caused by teeth grinding but for most people the cause is unknown.
A client may complain of chewing difficulty, aching pain in the lower face, chronic headache, migraine, earache or locking of the jaw which can be quite debilitating. Clients may describe how they manage this problem by using mouth guards, massage, stretching and heat or cold packs however it is only a partial temporary treatment to alleviate the agony that can result from Teeth grinding. In our practice treatment for teeth grinding has become one the highest performed treatments following the frown lines. When treatment options are explained to the patient, the reception is phenomenal as symptoms are significantly reduced.
Anti-wrinkle injections has been approved by the FDA for painful conditions possibly related to teeth grinding, such as migraines. After injection into the muscles, anti-wrinkle treatment causes relaxation of those muscles which reduces stress and decreases these painful conditions.
In a study to assess the effectiveness of anti-wrinkle injections on teeth grinding, it was concluded that anti-wrinkle injections can reduce the frequency of symptoms, pain levels and overall patient satisfaction (Lai et al 2012).
The results are life changing, a well worth investment to a better quality life.
Long H, Liao Z, Wang Y, Liao L, Lai W. Efficacy of botulinum toxins on bruxism: an evidence-based review. International Dental Journal 2012; 62(1): 1-5
Born and bred in Melbourne and country Victoria, Nicole now resides in tropical Far North Queensland. She has loved being a cosmetic injector for the past 10 years. Helping her clients achieve their cosmetic goals has been the highlight of her nursing career. She has gained invaluable knowledge whilst completing her masters of nursing in 2014. Nicole’s approach is to provide a natural yet youthful and hydrated result.