Botox for Teeth Grinding: I Tried It, and Yes, It Works

Last month, I made my way to the Upper East Side in search of one thing: a round of Botox for my jaw. While Botox is known for easing the look of wrinkles, it also helps to relax whatever muscles it's injected into (and in this case, I was hoping to soothe my case of TMJ). See, over the last few months, every time I'd lie down on an esthetician's table, they'd bring up TMJ. More specifically, that I had it and needed to do something about it. Without wanting to seem uninformed, I'd nod, tell them, "I know, I really should," and try my best to change the subject.

The fact of the matter, though, is that I was pretty unclear about what TMJ actually was—and why they could tell it was affecting me. First was the obvious conclusion: I grind my teeth. But then during a facial with Take Care founder and anatomy, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and body-mind–centering specialist Sadie Adams, Adams mentioned she could also tell I was afflicted because of the way I "propped" my head on the pillow rather than relaxing and letting my head sink in.