Botox Specialist

Karen E Guinn, DDS -  - Orthodontist

The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design

Karen E Guinn, DDS

Orthodontist & TMJ Specialist located in Downtown Pasadena, CA & West Covina, CA

It can be difficult to find relief from symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder, like jaw locking and tension. At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California, orthodontist Karen Guinn, DDS, carefully places Botox® injections in your jaw and temples to relieve the muscle tension causing your pain. To find out more about how Botox treats TMJ disorder, book an appointment by phone or online at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

You might be familiar with Botox as an aesthetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. In dentistry, Botox includes a non-cosmetic application that can ease the discomfort in your neck, jaw, and head that is related to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

The main ingredient in Botox is a neurotoxin that interferes with certain targeted muscle movements. The drug stops the muscles from flexing and can relieve muscle tension and pain.

During the procedure, Dr. Guinn injects small amounts of Botox into various points on your forehead, jaw, and temples. It takes several days for Botox to take effect, but you can return to your regular daily activities right away.

Dr. Guinn can discuss adding regular Botox injections to your TMJ treatment plan. She might also recommend other treatments for TMJ, including physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and oral splints or mouthguards.

What is TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joints are the joints on both sides of your head that attach your lower jaw to your temples. Every time you open your mouth to speak, eat, or yawn, these joints facilitate the movement.

Just like your other joints, your temporomandibular joints are prone to wear-and-tear. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can worsen the problem. If you develop TMJ disorder, the joints become tender and inflamed, causing symptoms like:

  • Jaw tension
  • Headaches
  • Jaw locking
  • Pain while chewing
  • Pain in other parts of your face


With a few strategically placed Botox injections, you can find significant relief from these symptoms.

How should I prepare for a Botox treatment?

Before you get Botox at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design, you should attend a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Guinn to discuss your symptoms and the goals you’d like to reach with treatment.

During your consultation, Dr. Guinn helps you decide if Botox fits into your treatment plan and if you’re a good candidate for the injections. She also informs you of what to expect from the treatment and any potential side effects.

Dr. Guinn might give you specific instructions to prepare for a successful treatment, like avoiding blood-thinning medications and stopping smoking. Taking these steps can help reduce or eliminate side effects like soreness and bruising from your Botox treatment.

To discuss the risks and benefits of using Botox injections to treat your TMJ disorder symptoms, call either The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design location or book a consultation online today.