Me & botox

botox bruxism my experience

 

This post is almost overdue, since I have gotten so many questions about my botox treatment. So, let’s talk botox AKA my favorite substance in the world. Just kidding – or not. As someone who really has suffered from bruxism, you can’t blame me for feeling so deeply about it.

Botox for bruxism – my experience

I first took botox last spring and I wrote about my first experience in June. I told you how long I had dreamed about it (I realize that some of these sentences only make sense to other heavy teeth grinders) and how excited I was to try it. And the results! I didn’t expect them to be that good. I also was shocked to see the change in my face. My face got leaner, my cheekbones got even more visible and most of all – the pain and aching was almost all gone.

On my last post I wrote:
I am both a bit scared and excited to see, how long the effects will last. It’s – again – personal, and can’t be promised. But what I do know, is that as soon as my pain starts to come back, I’m heading back to the needle.

Well, I wasn’t lying there. After about four months the pain came back and I booked my second appointment immediately.

The pain felt awful. I had forgotten how it felt to wake up in the morning and having pain in your teeth and jaw and head. It’s just not a nice feeling to be waking up at. The fact that the pain started to come back made me appreciate the results even more. Seriously: as soon as the botox was gone from my jaw, I realized just how much it had helped. It helped massively.

Luckily I didn’t have to suffer for long as I got the appointment quite quickly. And the apppointment is quick. This time my dentist Sakari and I decided to try a bigger dose. My jaw muscles were again quite strong, but not as strong as they were the first time.

The botox started to help again week by week. After about a month, it was all good again. My face felt awesome. Honestly, I could just write the same things all over again here. After my first appointment I wrote:

I could feel good results after a week or two. It got better week after week. I noticed, that I didn’t wake up with a sore jaw or sore teeth anymore. I didn’t complain about headaches. And best of all: my jaw felt quite relaxed during the day. This all felt amazing. For once in my life, I didn’t even have to think about bruxism.

And that’s how I felt after my second appointment as well. But to sum up everything, here are the questions I get asked all the time and my answers.

my experience botox bruxism

Frequently asked questions about botox treatment for bruxism

How many times have you gotten botox?
I’ve now gotten it two times.

How long did the results last?
They lasted for about four months. I think that’s pretty good, considering the promise is 2-6 months.

Would you still recommend it?
Absolutely. Obviously I want everyone to do their research and decide for themselves, but if you really are suffering from bruxism, you might want to try it. It has helped me so much. And it’s the only real thing that has helped, really. Nightguard does help a little, but mostly it just protects my teeth. And massaging your jaw… well, I guess it helps for the moment you’re massaging it.

How much botox did you get injected?
It’s hard to say, as I let the professional (my dentist) decide it. But it’s always personal. The first time I got the so called ‘regular’ amount and the next time I got a bit more. I have a feeling it’s a process you can’t necessarily get right right away. You need to start somewhere and see how it works and then you can try bigger doses.

Does it hurt?
The process is so quick, I don’t think it hurts that much. But I do feel a small sting when the needle goes through my skin. Pain is personal. But it’s totally worth it, which makes me want to say that it doesn’t hurt.

Where do you go for botox?
I go to Ebeling dentists. My dentist is Sakari Ebeling and he is the one doing botox treatments there. I can warmly recommend the place. It has a nice atmosphere, which is important for someone who has a bit of a dentist fear and the staff are friendly and professional. Also, when you compare the prices, they are pretty fair.

How much does botox cost?
It depends on the place, but where I go it costs 399€. A bit pricey I know, but since it helps so much, I think it’s worth considering.

Me and my sister in Paris. She has also taken botox two times already because of bruxism. #botoxsisters

I guess that’s pretty much it! If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments so I can answer them and possibly update this post.

And if you didn’t already, go read the first post I wrote about the subject. Sakari also answered some questions there about botox and bruxism, so I have some professional information there also.

 

Professional teeth whitening at home?

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Collaboration: Ebeling dentists

White teeth aren’t just for celebrities. But for some reason, I’ve always combined white teeth with celebrities. And I’ve always thought it must be a very expensive project. But it just so happens that whitening your teeth is easier and cheaper than you’d think!  When you get your teeth whitened at a professional – or use professional products – the results last long and you get your money’s worth back – and more.

I’ve always liked my smile, but having whiter teeth has given me a little extra confidence boost. Because of my blog, I spend quite a lot of time in front of the camera, and I’ll have to admit it’s even nicer to smile at the camera, when my teeth are white. So I guess I would understand why a person performing in TV would think the same.

Last spring I told you about my dentist visits and about the first time I got my teeth whitened. I also talked about soda cleaning (which is an amazing option for teeth whitening) and about the teeth whitening I got done at the dentist. Now I will tell you about the third option: professional teeth whitening that you can do at home.

professional teeth whitening at home

Professional teeth whitening at home

I’ve tried different home treatments to whiten my teeth, but my experience with them has been somewhat clumsy. The dental trays haven’t felt that comfortable on my teeth and overall the results haven’t been that striking. So I have to say, my expectations towards doing this at home were quite low.

I thought that it would be uncomfortable, slow and boring. And I wasn’t expecting the results to be as good as to what you can get with a teeth whitening appointment.

But as it turns out, it was quite easy. And comfortable. And very, very effective!

Before the treatment

You should have any calculus removed before teeth whitening, as the whitening doesn’t work on that. Teeth need to be clean so that the substance can do it’s magic. I got my calculus removed in May, so I didn’t have to do it again.

Then, you need to get the molds done at the dentist. This was quick and I got the dental trays sent to me after a few days.

How does it work? Whiteness Perfect 16%

The treatment is simple: you clean your teeth, wipe them with a tissue so they’re dry and apply your dental trays with the teeth whitener in them. The product comes in a tube, so it’s easy to squeeze the right amount into the trays. Once you have the whitener in them, you place them on your teeth and press them on. As they’re made just for you, professionally, they feel very comfortable and they sit just right. That is what makes the treatment so nice! I’m accustomed to using a night guard and I though that this would feel somewhat similar to that, but it was nowhere near like that. The trays just fitted right into my mouth and they were also quite invisible.

You can leave the whitener on for 1-2 hours on 7-14 days depending on how white you want your teeth to get. If your teeth are sensitive, you can leave it on for a shorter time. I used the whitener only for four days and I was already super happy with the results. I left it on for 2 hours, except for the first time when I tested it and only left it on for an hour. So I would say that the right time is definitely up to you. My teeth are naturally quite white so that’s probably why I could get away with a shorter time. And actually I didn’t want my teeth to get unnaturally white, if that makes sense. Even though I have no doubt that could be done, if I just continued to use the whitener!

teeth whitening at home

I also want to note that even though it sounds like a long time to get results – I would see results in just one use. Especially after those two hours. Every time my teeth got brighter and brighter. I will probably use the rest of the tube like that – just for a day or two, couple hours at a time. It lasts well in the tube so it’s okay to not use it all immediately.

Another thing I want to note is that it’s surprisingly easy to dose the whitener in the trays. Only once I managed to put too much and I got some on my gums. It stung for a moment on my gums, but they quickly recovered.

Teeth whitening results – Before & after

before after whiteness perfect

I noticed my teeth were a bit yellow on the sides and it almost looked like there were some stains. They were all gone after the whitening! I am very pleased with the results.

What’s better – getting your teeth whitened at the dentist – or whitening your teeth at home yourself?

The pros of going to the appointment are that it’s quicker (45 minutes or so) and you don’t have to do anything yourself. You just lay there and the dentist makes sure the whitener doesn’t get in your gums and you can just browse your phone and chill. I did, however, experience some aching after the treatment. It wasn’t anything too bad and it only lasted for one evening, but still.

I didn’t experience any ache in my teeth with the home-whitening-kit. Then again, I didn’t do it for that many days at home. You can modify the treatment easily at home. And, you can multitask. Let’s face it, everyone is busy nowadays and even a short dentist visit is a time away from something else. Whitening my teeth at home I could at the same time write my blog, watch TV or take a nap. I would especially recommend taking a nap – talk about a beauty sleep (haha)!

And what’s best about the home-whitening is that once you got the dental trays, you only need to repurchase the whitener, when you run out of it.

Whiteness Perfect home-kit costs 250€.
If you buy it with a teeth whitening appointment you get it for 150€.

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P.S. I also go to Ebeling dentists for botox and I warmly recommend that to everyone who’s suffering from bruxism or headaches or jaw aches. I wrote about botox and bruxism in this post. Recently I went back and got some more botox and we tried a bigger dose this time. I will probably update you about that later, as I noticed bruxism is a common problem. But as I said in the post, I am still very pleased with the treatment and so far it has been the only thing that has actually helped the problem.

Do you like to get your teeth whitened? What do you think about my results?