The purpose of anti-clenching treatment is to significantly weaken and reduce the size of the chewing muscle in your jaw (otherwise known as the masseter muscle). This can not only help to reduce the symptoms of clenching – including muscle tension and headaches – but it also helps minimise damage to the teeth caused by grinding. Anti-clenching treatment is designed to complement existing therapies such as splint wearing, but can also be used to aesthetically soften and slim down a strong, square jawline.
Anti-clenching treatment involves injecting small amounts of a purified, naturally-occurring protein into the jaw muscles. This is a very safe and effective solution that is supplied by various different brands. All anti-clenching treatment solutions are prescription-based medicines that can only be administered by qualified medical doctors, dentists and nurses.
We will schedule a consultation with our highly experienced team member, Dr James Littler, who is an expert in facial aesthetics. He will determine if you are suitable for anti-clenching treatment by assessing and discussing your history of clenching and teeth grinding, and if alternative treatments have been used in the past.
You are not suitable for anti-clenching treatment if you:
Depending on the patient and the area being treated, some mild discomfort is possible but this is usually temporary, as the anti-clenching treatment solution is injected relatively quickly using a very fine needle.
During the consultation you will need to fill out a medical form. Photographs of your face will then be taken, the treatment explained and then we will ask you to sign a consent form that will allow us to carry out treatment. Your skin will also be cleansed with antiseptic wipes prior to any injections. The dosages of the anti-clenching treatment solution provided will be a standard, safe amount for the area to be treated.
To maintain the final result, repeat treatment will be required after 3 months and then every 6 to 9 months.
You should avoid:
We also recommend that you take paracetamol if you have a headache.
As with any other medicine, there are some possible side effects of the anti-clenching treatment solution. These include:
Diffusion of the anti-clenching treatment solution into the nearby muscles is also possible. There is a 30% increased risk of spreading the product into the risorious muscle (a large facial muscle responsible for creating facial expressions), which can cause asymmetrical smiling, but this is minimised through careful application of techniques. The risk of experiencing other side effects as highlighted above is also significantly reduced so long as you follow all the advice your professional provides for after treatment care.
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