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TMD is a dysfunction and pain of the jaw joint and associated muscles. It is a complex condition and often involves stress, genetic factors and trauma to the joint. Day time and/or night time grinding is often associated and leads to tooth wear and fractures, a reduced lower face length, facial muscle tenderness and chronic headaches/migraines.

Treatment Options

  • Splint/Nightguard: A thin hardened guard worn at night to protect the teeth and relaxes the muscles of the face which helps to reduce headaches and muscle tenderness.
  • Muscle relaxant injections: injected every 3-4 months help to relax the muscles which are overworked and as a result reduce headaches and muscle tenderness. Administered only after a thorough investigation and when the cause is suspected to be muscular in origin.

Anti-wrinkle injections

Wrinkles around the mouth and face tend to give an aged appearance and often draws the eye from a beautiful smile.

How do anti-wrinkle injections work?

Relaxing the muscles underneath wrinkled skin allows the skin to repair itself and as a result, the appearance of wrinkles fade.

What are wrinkle relaxants used for?

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines between the eyes (glabella)
  • Crows feet around the eyes
  • TMJ / grinding
  • Smokers lines
  • Dimpled chin
  • Gummy smile
  • Bunny lines
  • Square jaw
  • Downward turned lips
  • TMD, facial muscle pain and headaches (when the cause is suspected to be muscular in origin)

How do I know if I need wrinkle relaxers?

If you notice lines/wrinkles at rest then this is an indication that relaxing the muscle underneath may help to soften the appearance of the line.

Lip enhancement and Dermal fillers

A beautiful smile is never complete without being framed by healthy, defined and volumized lips.

What are dermal fillers?

Fillers are a conservative means of restoring your lips natural volume and youth. The aging process and wear/tear tends to deplete both lip volume and definition leading to thin and unattractive lips. Similarly, the effects of stress and gravity result in wrinkled and sagging skin. Hyaluronic acid is the very best dermal filler available today and this is because it is naturally found it high concentrations in the skin and tissues of your body. It not only integrates into your body but acts to draw water into the tissues and re-hydrate them, leaving them fresh and supple. Hence it simply replaces the missing or depleted component of your tissues.

How long do they last?

Hyaluronic acid is a temporary filler material and on average lasts between 6-12 months. We use a temporary material instead of a permanent one because the skin and tissue around the fillers naturally changes with time and permanent materials do not correspondingly change which can lead to un-natural looking results. Conversely, this is not the case with hyaluronic acid.

Who will be administering the fillers?

Dr Aodhan Docherty is a fully trained clinician and prides himself on creating lips with a natural aesthetic appearance.

‘Enhancing lips and skin should provide a natural flawless appearance and the key is NOT to make someone look like they have had enhancement’.