Most people grind their teeth at some point. This can be caused by anything from stress to genetics. It can lead to hypertrophy of the muscles used to clench the jaw, giving us the characteristic “hamster cheeks”. While a squarer jawline is quite attractive on males, a slimmer defined jaw tends to look more demure and feminine in women.
With advanced techniques and specialised use of Botulinum Toxin, the strength and size of these muscles can be reduced giving a softer angle at the jaw, a less square jaw and a more youthful contoured face as well as relief from teeth grinding. The exact cause of teeth grinding is not totally understood and there are numerous different theories. However, there is a link to breathing airway issues, such as sleep apnea, jaw posture positions, tooth position, dental work that has changed jaw position or tooth positions, abnormal bite, trauma, repetitive strain, lifestyle activities, as well as emotional and developmental issues.