As the recession continues, and stress levels increase, we as dentists are seeing more and more patients complaining of chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth, often with associated complications such as headaches, cracked or broken teeth, or excessive tooth wear. Additionally, the overuse of the chewing muscles (the Masseters) leads to bulking up of these muscles, often leading to a square facial appearance. Most women consider a square jaw to be rather severe and masculine, and an oval shaped face is generally considered to be more feminine. This is known as masseter hypertrophy or more commonly, square jaw.
Injection of a muscle relaxant into the muscle can be used for facial contouring / sculpting, and by weakening the masseter muscle, can give a softer angle to the jaw. This is a highly successful, non-surgical way to beautifully contour the lower face to create a slimmer, more feminine jaw, or to manage the detrimental effects of excessive tooth grinding.
Visible effects take place within 2-4 weeks, and full effect is seen in 2-3 months. The effects of such muscle relaxing treatments usually last for 6-12 months, depending on the individual, and may be longer if 2 treatments are given. The treatment is quick, relatively painless, and has few adverse side effects, and costs in the region of €300- 350.
Call us now on 016790625 for an appointment with Dr Paul Redbond.