When you think of dental care, you likely think about your teeth and gums. But oral health goes well beyond just your teeth and gums, encompassing your musculature, bone structure and more.
Neuromuscular orthodontics looks at the relationship between your teeth, joints, jawbone, and muscles to help alleviate jaw pain from malocclusion, which is when your bite is misaligned, and temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMD or TMJ.
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, jaw clicks, or discomfort, it’s important to seek professional assistance. Dr. Eric Wang is an experienced dentist with expertise in neuromuscular orthodontics, and he can help you treat your condition so you can live without jaw pain and other unpleasant side effects.
Neuromuscular orthodontics looks beyond your teeth and gums. We look at your muscles and nerves to help find the ideal jaw joint placement position for you. We use multiple approaches to determine your ideal jaw placement and use braces to realign your teeth and jaw to their optimal positioning.
The people who typically benefit the most from neuromuscular orthodontics are those with malocclusion or TMD/TMJ.
It doesn't seem fair that you've got awkward-looking teeth being that you take great care of them, flossing and brushing on a regular basis. Well, there are many possible reasons why:
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Malocclusion means that your jaw doesn’t properly overlap. Malocclusion is also referred to by other names, including:
Malocclusion is typically a genetic condition, but there are also some habits that can influence jaw shape and structure, including:
You may have malocclusion if you experience any of the following:
A dentist experienced in neuromuscular orthodontics such as Dr. Wang can help ease your malocclusion symptoms and help restore your comfort and oral health.
TMD is a condition that involves tenderness or pain in the joint and muscles that control your jaw movement. Some common symptoms include:
If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it’s important to seek professional assistance. Dr. Wang can help determine whether you have TMD and the best course of treatment for you if you do.
At your neuromuscular orthodontics appointment, we use a variety of techniques to evaluate your jaw positioning and to determine the best plan for improving your jaw placement.
These techniques may include:
Once testing is completed, we’ll use the data gathered to help you improve your jaw placement through our orthodontic services, which may include braces or other appliances.
If it is determined that braces may be of assistance we’ll set up an appointment for measurement, implementation and adjustments. After that, you will need to come back for periodic follow-up appointments, so we can track your progress and make any needed adjustments.
No matter what the recommendation, Dr. Wang will walk you through his findings and reasoning for his suggestions, as well as answer any questions you may have to help you feel more comfortable about proceeding.
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There’s no reason to live with discomfort, headaches, and joint pain. Contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Eric Wang. We’re here to help, and our expert team will treat you like family.