It’s no fun waking up with headaches, a sore jaw, straight teeth turning Jack-O-Lantern-level jagged, tooth pain, a pronounced, muscular jaw. The culprit? If you guessed teeth grinding, then, well, you know! Officially dubbed bruxism, some say the pesky habit is a stress-induced rite of passage into adulthood. Others know that it can also be caused by a simple combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors. No matter the reason, roughly eight percent of the population experiences grinding at some point. It can be a true disruptor of sleep and overall lifestyle. Until the last five years, solutions were limited to popping a muscle relaxant before bed, taking anti-anxiety meds, wearing a mouthguard, or even the tedium of practicing various oral positions. But times have changed — just when you think Botox couldn’t be more of a supershero, the muscle-freezing secret agent swoops in to the rescue yet again! As it turns out, more and more people are turning to their dermatologists, plastic surgeons — even dentists — for nighttime relief from their detrimental unconscious habit. We got the full scoop on how Botox can help stop teeth grinding from Dr. Nancy Samolitis of Facile Dermatology + Boutique, who is actually saving people from themselves almost every day.
Can Botox Stop Teeth Grinding? Here’s The 411
by Bee Rose