Corrective braces help reduce jaw and facial pain. Many people do not realize that some of their headaches and jaw pain are due to the position of the jaw. If the jaw is out of alignment, it may cause strain when a person is speaking, chewing or even sleeping. For example, a bite problem can place additional stress on certain teeth or areas of the jaw when a person is eating.
Also, it is more likely that a person will grind and clench teeth at night if the jaw does not bite together properly. Visit an orthodontist and discuss the symptoms of pain or discomfort to determine if an orthodontic treatment like braces is the solution.
Aspects of an orthodontic treatment
There are two components to any orthodontic treatment. The first component is moving teeth into the correct position. The first component includes the braces closing gaps between teeth, straightening crooked teeth and adjusting the teeth to the correct locations. At the same time, the jaw needs to move into alignment. For the jaw to properly align, it must come together in the correct position when relaxed and in use.
Common jaw problems include:
How corrective braces can help
If the jaw itself is the problem, then we need to gradually move the jaw into the correct alignment. Corrective braces can accomplish this in combination with things like rubber bands. Stringing a rubber band from a top bracket to a lower one on each side helps to hold the jaw in the correct position during the day. By using these simple solutions on a regular basis, an orthodontist can begin to make changes to the jaw without additional treatments.
In some cases, oral surgery is necessary to complete the process. This is especially true for adults whose jaw hardens to the point of being immovable. Also, if the jaw abnormality is severe, it may be necessary to schedule surgery as part of the orthodontic treatment. If so, we will typically straighten the teeth to a certain point, remove the braces to complete the surgery and then reapply the braces to finish the straightening process.
Once teeth completely straighten with corrected braces, and the jaw aligns, most patients no longer have jaw pain or soreness in their jaw, reducing headaches as well.
Find out if you need braces
Visit our orthodontist office to discuss your symptoms and to find out if corrective braces can be used to decrease them.
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