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Aligned Jaw, Aligned Life

Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics - April 15, 2023 - 0 comments

misaligned jawHaving a properly aligned jaw is not just important for a winning smile, it can have a significant impact on overall health. When the jaw is misaligned, both the hard and soft tissues are affected, which can result in many physiological problems. There are a variety of health benefits of having a jaw aligned in the optimal position and the consequences of having a misaligned jaw.

Consequences of a Misaligned Jaw

When the jaw is misaligned, it can cause a wide range of problems. The jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is a complex structure that connects the jawbone to the skull. When the TMJ is not functioning properly, it can lead to a range of issues. Some of the most common symptoms of a misaligned jaw include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
  • Facial asymmetry

A misaligned jaw can also cause problems with chewing, speaking, and breathing. It can affect the alignment of the teeth, leading to issues such as malocclusion or a bad bite. Additionally, a misaligned jaw can cause bruxism, a condition where a person grinds their teeth, which can lead to tooth wear, fractures, and even tooth loss.

Health Benefits of an Aligned Jaw

When the jaw is aligned in the optimal position, it can have a range of health benefits, including:

  • Improved breathing: An aligned jaw can improve breathing by ensuring that the airway is not obstructed. This can reduce the risk of sleep apnea, snoring, and other respiratory problems.
  • Reduced pain: When the jaw is in the optimal position, it can reduce pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and head.
  • Improved digestion: An aligned jaw can improve digestion by ensuring that the teeth are properly aligned and can effectively break down food.
  • Improved posture: A properly aligned jaw can improve posture by reducing tension in the neck and shoulders.
  • Enhanced speech: An aligned jaw can improve speech clarity and pronunciation.

Treatment for a Misaligned Jaw

If you suspect that you have a misaligned jaw, it’s important to seek treatment from a neuromuscular dentist. While there are a range of treatments available, the track that’s best for you depends on the severity of the misalignment. Some common treatments include:

  • Orthodontic treatment: Braces or clear aligners can be used to correct misalignment of the teeth and jaw.
  • Oral appliances: Devices such as splints, bite guards, or night guards can be used to reposition the jaw or reduce clenching and grinding.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary to correct the misalignment.

Schedule a Consultation

Having a jaw aligned in the optimal position is essential for overall health and wellbeing. A misaligned jaw can cause a wide range of problems, including pain, discomfort, and even affect breathing and digestion. On the other hand, an aligned jaw can improve breathing, reduce pain, and improve digestion, posture, and speech. For more information on promoting ideal facial development and to schedule a consultation, call our office at 206-316-8286.