A growing number of people in the UK are turning to the non-surgical treatment Botox to ease teeth grinding or 'bruxism', experts have revealed.
According to Transform, the UK's largest provider of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments, there has been a 50 per cent rise in the number of patients requesting Botox for this purpose.
Those most likely to opt for the treatment are men between the ages of 35 and 45 in the London area, the company's figures show.
Experts at Transform believe that this is probably because the economic climate is causing stress, which contributes to teeth grinding.
Botox can help by relieving the jaw tension and pain associated with the problem.
Gwen Davies, head of non-surgical at Transform, said that the company's practitioners have been using Botox to successfully treat chronic teeth grinding.
"Brutox, as we're calling it, is very quick, straightforward and can be very effective. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within two to three days of their first treatment," the expert revealed.
Teeth grinding affects around eight to ten per cent of people in the UK, according to the Bruxism Association.