Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can manifest in pain in the muscles and joints on the side of your face that help you open and close your mouth. These joints, often referred to as TMJs, act as hinges to help your mouth open and close. Every moment that you talk, yawn, or chew, your jaw joints and muscles are hard at work. While it is reasonable to assume that the full-blown condition of chronic pain and inflammation in these joints (TMD) will stay isolated to the jaw, this may not end up being true. Your TMJs and the muscles surrounding them are so interconnected with other parts of your body, there is a high likelihood that seemingly unrelated aches and pains can result from TMD. Dr. Ciro Cabal, your Fort Worth orthodontist, will explain.
Earache, or TMD?
If you have an earache, the natural assumption will be an ear infection. You may be surprised to know that nearly half of TMD patients actually complain of earaches as a perplexing symptom. The location of this discomfort will usually be in front of, or just below your ear. With nerve endings so close to each other, it’s easy to confuse this pain and think you have a classic earache. If you have a lot of ear pain and you have been checked by your general physician with no signs of infection, consider visiting your Lake Worth orthodontist to see if some type of misalignment or TMJ issue is causing your suffering.
TMD Shooting Down to the Neck and Shoulders
Neck and shoulder pain will usually be blamed on stress, sleeping wrong, or a pulled muscle. Usually these aches and pains come and go on their own. However, if you find that pain like this is recurring, or never ends, you could consider that your TMJs might be the source. Your jaw muscles run from one ear to the other. This means they collide and interact with your neck muscles. Your shoulders and upper back are right in that same area. Pain sensations can extend and cause you aches and pains that you wouldn’t necessarily assume could start with your jaw tension. (more…)
As one of the nine specialized fields of dentistry, orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and treatment of improperly positioned teeth (malocclusion). While many people know that this typically involves the use of braces or other appliances to move teeth into their desired positions, fewer people understand the importance of straightening their smiles through orthodontic treatment. Today, your Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, discusses the field of orthodontics and the necessity of a specialist for straightening your smile.
The Joys of a Straight Smile
Crooked or misaligned teeth can negatively affect more than your smile’s appearance—they can lead to a host of oral health issues by inhibiting your bite’s proper alignment. For the complex mechanisms behind your mouth’s function to operate properly, they must be perfectly aligned to minimize pressure and damage on your oral structures. (more…)
You probably wouldn’t visit a doctor for a headache, unless it was severe and recurred frequently enough to cause you worry. Yet, many people who do seek medical help for chronic severe headaches, earaches, facial soreness, or other craniofacial discomfort continue to experience trouble even after their doctor visits, still unsure of its cause. Others, however, are surprised to learn that the source of their chronic discomfort lies with a dental issue that affects their mouth’s proper function. Dr. Ciro Cabal, dedicated Lake Worth orthodontist, understands that the discomfort of TMJ disorder can often be confusing, and today he explains how a jaw dysfunction can lead to pain in many other areas of your head and neck.
TMJ Disorder and the Trigeminal Nerve
TMJ disorder borrows its name from your jaw’s joints, called the temporomandibular joints (or TMJs). Located in front of each ear, your TMJs connect your lower jaw, called a mandible, to the temporal bones in your skull. Along with the muscles that surround them, these joints are responsible for your jaw’s diverse range of movement and are work best when perfectly aligned. Unfortunately, a wide range of conditions, such as facial trauma and malocclusion (crooked teeth), can disturb your bite’s alignment, placing an undue amount of stress on your jaw’s muscles and joints as they struggle to keep your mouth straight. The tension can damage these mechanisms, as well as your trigeminal nerve, which innervates your jaws and the majority of your craniofacial structure. (more…)
If you’re considering undergoing orthodontic treatment for cosmetic purposes, then donning metal brackets and wires may seem counterintuitive. At Lake Country Orthodontics, Dr. Cabal and our caring staff are dedicated to helping you regain confidence in your smile, and offer a choice of discrete, cosmetic orthodontic treatments to straighten your teeth while maintaining a professional and poised appearance. Today, your Lake Worth orthodontist gives you an overview of one of our most popular cosmetic orthodontic options—Invisalign clear braces.
All About Invisalign Clear Braces
As their name suggests, Invisalign clear braces are designed to remain virtually undetectable while moving your teeth into proper position. Replacing the traditional bracket-and-wire set up, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear acrylic aligners that can easily slip over, and off of, your teeth. If you have a date or other social function and don’t want to risk your aligner being noticed, you can temporarily remove it to ensure your smile stays confident the entire night. (more…)
Traditional orthodontic treatment, which consists of metal wire connecting a series of metal brackets, is not exactly popular among image-conscious older teens and adults. Unfortunately, malocclusion (misaligned bite) does not limit itself to young children, and patients of all ages can exhibit the need for straighter teeth. Thanks to the overwhelming success of improved orthodontic technology and treatments, however, straighter smiles are more popular than ever. A greater variety of discrete appliances can provide better results with fewer dental visits and shorter treatment times. As a dedicated orthodontist in Lake Worth, Dr. Cabal is pleased to introduce some of the advancements that he employs to help create perfect smiles for our patients.
Enhanced Diagnostic Tools
Planning the movements of your teeth during orthodontic treatment is a practice in precision, and requires a full view of your entire mouth’s structure to determine optimal tooth placement and angles. While traditional X-rays provide a better view of your mouth than the naked eye, our Galileos ConeBeam CT machine provides a much more detailed and precise picture of your oral health than traditional dental X-rays. Since the Galileos machine is available in our office, you don’t need a hospital referral, and your overall treatment time is shortened. (more…)
Correcting misaligned teeth is a complex science. When addressing malocclusion in children, the fact that tooth growth is not over must be taken into consideration when planning the final results of orthodontic treatment. If your child exhibits occlusal problems while there are still primary teeth present, then successfully correcting the issue and preserving your child’s permanent smile may require two separate phases of treatment. With impressive experience as an orthodontist in Lake Worth, Dr. Cabal explains phased orthodontic treatment for the benefit of your child’s permanent smile.
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child receive a thorough orthodontic evaluation before the age of seven. If phased treatment is required, the first phase should begin between the ages of six and ten. Dr. Cabal will typically recommend interceptive, or phase I, orthodontics to prevent a dental or jaw developmental issue from growing worse and requiring more invasive corrective procedures in the future. (more…)
You’re probably familiar with the concept of orthodontic treatment for improving your smile, but you may not naturally connect crooked teeth with chronic head and facial pain. The truth is that many chronic headaches, earaches, and jaw aches can originate with a problem in your jaw’s joints, a typical result of malocclusion (crooked teeth). As an experienced Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal has the expertise necessary to put your smile back on track and help ease your chronic jaw pain associated with less-than-straight teeth.
An In-Depth Solution to Jaw Pain
To move in the many directions that it can without overstressing the components of your mouth, your jaw must be precisely aligned, as must your teeth. When your bite is thrown off balance by misaligned teeth, your jaw has to work harder to disperse the pressure of your bite, and the excessive stress can damage the nerves surrounding your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect your lower jaw to your skull. The resulting pain can manifest itself beyond your jaw to include headaches/migraines, earaches, mouth pain, and soreness in your neck, shoulders, and back. (more…)
Clear braces are a popular option among older teens and adults who wish to straighten their teeth. While a crooked smile can often be embarrassing, many people feel more strongly about navigating their personal and professional adult lives with metal brackets and wires on their teeth. The answer is quite often found in the Invisalign system of clear braces. You may have heard of Invisalign, but unless you’ve already been prescribed the discrete orthodontic treatment, you may still be curious about the mechanics of the modern smile miracle. Your Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, helps you understand the benefits of Invisalign clear braces by exploring what makes them so popular.
Discrete Braces for Adults
Although malocclusion (a crooked bite) can affect people of all ages, metal braces are more commonly seen on the smiles of younger teens and children. Traditional orthodontics can serve adult smiles as well, but there’s no reason to sacrifice aesthetics while improving your smile and confidence. There are a number of discrete orthodontic options, including white wires and brackets that blend in with the color of your teeth. Perhaps, however, you’d prefer not wearing brackets and wires at all. Invisalign clear braces complete their task of repositioning your teeth by utilizing a series of clear acrylic aligners instead of the bracket-and-wire setup. The aligners are also removable so you can eat and care for your teeth without special considerations; simply remove your aligner during your meal or as your brush and floss, and replace it when you’re done.
How Does Invisalign Work?
The underlying philosophy of orthodontic treatment involves ensuring that your teeth are aligned properly for optimal function. While traditional braces use the tension created by wires connected to brackets on your teeth, Invisalign is designed to gradually move your teeth into place as you progress through your prescribed aligners. The gentle application of force provides more comfort, and the innovative orthodontic approach is virtually undetectable throughout your daily life.
Invisalign Clear Braces with Your Lake Worth Orthodontist
To learn more about discretely improving your smile with Invisalign clear braces, 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.
Orthodontic treatment is a wonderful — and sometimes necessary — way to not only beautify your smile, but to also keep your teeth and gums healthy. Of course, now matter how effective it is, most orthodontic patients don’t want to spend years upon years undergoing treatment. Thanks to modern technology, they don’t have to. Allow Lake Worth, Texas orthodontist Dr. Ciro Cabal to explain.
Straight Teeth in no Time in Texas
At Lake Country Orthodontics, we offer several orthodontic treatments depending on your unique dental needs and smile goals. These services include:
- Traditional braces: Traditional braces are the metal braces that are most often associated with orthodontic treatment. Still, traditional braces have come a long way over the past ten years. Today, metal braces are much more attractive and less bulky than they were years ago. For most children and teenagers, traditional braces are the best way to achieve healthy and beautiful teeth and gums. Typically, treatment with traditional braces lasts anywhere from six months to three years. (more…)
If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, then chances are that you care about maintaining the health of your smile. Straightening your teeth, however, is only one aspect of helping your mouth look and function its best. Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential to preventing dental issues like tooth decay, which begins with plaque accumulation. When your teeth are crooked or adorned with braces, plaque can find additional spaces to hide, and reaching it can become more difficult. Luckily, there are steps you can take to increase your protection when other factors increase your risk for cavities. Lake Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal, explains why hygiene is especially important when you’re wearing braces.
The Weakening of Your Teeth
Among the 600 different kinds of oral bacteria that contribute to dental plaque formation, one in particular has been singled out as a significant factor of tooth decay. Streptococcus mutans converts the sugars and carbs in your meals into lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Over time, bacteria can slip past weakened enamel and infect your tooth’s inner structures, leading to tooth decay. (more…)