Orthodontic treatment may help correct more than a crooked smile
Malocclusion is the term used for a “bad bite” – meaning your teeth do not meet in their most optimal position.
A common cause of malocclusion is when teeth have too much or too little room in the jaw. The result is, in the case of a too large jaw, gaps between teeth, or, in the case of a too small jaw, teeth that are crowded, rotated or overlapping. Overbites, underbites, or childhood thumb sucking or mouth breathing due to allergies can also cause malocclusion issues.
A bad bite can cause painful symptoms
Many people who have an unbalanced bite can suffer from TMD symptoms such as:
- ringing in the ears
- dizzy spells
- daily headaches
- chronic migraines
- neck, back or shoulder pain
- jaw pain
These people may routinely take prescription strength painkillers or undergo medical tests without finding lasting relief, because their symptoms stem from the unbalanced bite relationship between their upper and lower teeth.
Moving teeth can improve appearance and function
If your bite is misaligned, dental restorations may not be the best long term solution to maintain the balanced bite achieved from an orthotic appliance. If this is your case, a long term orthotic can be made, or jaw joint orthodontic treatment can be used to carefully reshape your jaw or move your teeth into a balanced bite position. In some cases, a bonded lower orthotic jaw joint appliance is used in conjunction with jaw joint orthodontic treatment.
Combining cosmetic dental treatments with jaw joint orthodontic treatment can also be an effective TMJ treatment option. For example, crowns can be used to restore damaged teeth, while orthodontic treatment moves healthy teeth into a more optimal position.
Learn more about dental TMJ treatment options
Because TMJD is often the result of a dental issue, dentists like Lethbridge dentist Dr Karstan Lachman are well positioned to help you find effective treatment options. If you would like to learn more about treatment options that might work for you, please schedule a consultation.