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Fixing a Misaligned Bite with Neuromuscular Orthodontics

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.

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What is Neuromuscular Orthodontics?

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.

 

Who Needs Neuromuscular Orthodontics?

The people who typically benefit the most from neuromuscular orthodontics are those with malocclusion or TMD/TMJ.

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Causes of Misaligned Teeth

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:

  • Tooth decay.
  • Genetic influences.
  • Physical trauma from accidents or injuries.
  • Poor habits as a child.

Whatever the case, Doctor Wang is here to help!

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What is Malocclusion?

Malocclusion means that your jaw doesn’t properly overlap. Malocclusion is also referred to by other names, including:

  • Overbite.
  • Underbite.
  • Crossbite.
  • Crowded teeth.

Malocclusion is typically a genetic condition, but there are also some habits that can influence jaw shape and structure, including:

  • Thumb sucking.
  • Injuries.
  • Airway obstruction.
  • Frequent pacifier use after age three.
  • Poor dental care.

You may have malocclusion if you experience any of the following:

  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose.
  • Biting your inner cheeks or tongue frequently.
  • Discomfort when you’re chewing or biting.
  • Speech issues.

A dentist experienced in neuromuscular orthodontics such as Dr. Wang can help ease your malocclusion symptoms and help restore your comfort and oral health.

 

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMD is a condition that involves tenderness or pain in the joint and muscles that control your jaw movement. Some common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Popping or clicking in your jaw
  • Not being able to open your jaw completely
  • Jaw muscle stiffness
  • Pain in other areas of your face, jaw, or neck
  • Facial swelling

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.

What Should I Expect at a Neuromuscular Orthodontics Appointment?

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:

  • TENS: A low-frequency transcutaneous neural stimulator (TENS) unit may be used to help relax your jaw and facial muscles. Many of those with TMJ/TMD experience muscle shortening or muscle spasms. To know your ideal jaw position, your jaw needs to be relaxed and free of spasms. It can also help relieve your jaw pain.
  • EMG: An electromyograph (EMG) measures your muscle activity. Electrodes are placed on your face, head, and neck. The EMG picks up the electrical current in your muscles and helps us to see how your muscles tense and relax.
  • Recording jaw sounds: Recording the noises your jaw joint makes can also help us understand how your jaw is functioning and determine the ideal position for your jaw.

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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