Teeth grinding is a relatively common problem and can cause significant discomfort and distress to many people. For the majority of people teeth grinding, also known as bruxism occurs at night, meaning they have little control over it.
There are a number of solutions to bruxism including soft and hard guards to be worn at night. For many people, these can be very helpful in preventing tooth contact and preventing grinding at night. However, for some people it is not practical to wear these guards and others simply are not able to. In these instances, we can treat the large muscles of the face to reduce the force of contraction and alleviate grinding.
One of the side effects of teeth grinding is an enlargement of the facial muscles resulting in a square shape to the jaw. By reducing the overactivity of these muscles, they can return to a smaller size leading to a slimming effect on the shape of the jaw.
The benefits of this treatment can last for 3-6 months and the bonus is that it reduces grinding during the day as well as at night.