Last week, we discussed two important reasons for you to consider orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Not only is a straight smile easier to keep clean and healthy; confidence in your smile, or the lack thereof, can noticeably affect your overall quality of life. When you’re proud of your smile, you’re more likely to show it often and enjoy the many benefits of a genuine smile (including reduced stress and an improved social life). However, Dr. Cabal warns that there are other considerations for correcting teeth that do not line up properly, some of which may not even seem dental related.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Your dental health comprises more than just your teeth and gums. Your entire body, mouth included, is an intricately complex machine, meaning many parts work together to accomplish a task. When you bite, chew, or speak, your teeth and tongue allow you to enunciate your words clearly and reduce food to easily digestible chunks. The power behind your teeth comes from your jaws, which are connected by your temporomandibular joints. Your TMJs, which are the large joints located in front of each ear, allow your jaw to move as it does. When placed under undue stress and/or pressure, these joints can become damaged or misaligned, forcing your jaw muscles to work extra-hard and irritate the associated nerves. The resulting discomfort, known as TMJ disorder, can manifest itself in a number of different ways, making diagnosis more difficult than many other dental disorders.
Beware These Symptoms
The symptoms of TMJ disorder are also shared by a number of maladies. If you exhibit any or all of the following symptoms, contact Dr. Cabal as soon as possible to schedule a consultation and determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder.
- Chronic headaches and/or earaches with no discernible cause
- Pain or soreness in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders when you chew or speak
- Difficulty closing your mouth completely, or the feeling that your upper and lower teeth do not line up properly when your mouth is closed
- Clicking, popping, or grating sounds from your jaw when you open or close your mouth
- Swelling on one or both sides of your face
TMJ Relief in Lake Worth
One of the most common sources of undue jaw pressure is a misaligned bite. Straightening your teeth greatly reduces your chances of developing TMJ disorder, or can help ease the aches if you already suffer from the jaw-joint malady. To learn more about how you can treat TMJ disorder, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 to schedule a consultation with your Lake Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76135 area, we proudly serve families from Lake Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Lake Worth, and all surrounding communities.