Other than cosmetic reasons for orthodontic treatment, there are a significant number of reasons for seeing an orthodontist to improve your health.
Having a bad bite can be harmful to your overall well being. People who have malocclusions (when both sets of your teeth do not “bite” properly) can experience random health problems. Correcting your bite can help you improve your quality of life. The following list contains several of health conditions that can be alleviated with orthodontic treatments:
- Neck Aches/Shoulder Pain – An Imbalance in the forces of the same network of tendons, joints, muscles, and bones that can lead to headaches and also neck and shoulder ache.
- Headaches- If you often get headaches or pressure behind your eyes, temples or the back of your head it could be due to tension in your jaw.
- TMJ – The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.
- Sleep Disruptions – If you suffer from sleep apnea, are a chronic snorer or just suffer from poor sleep in general, it might be due to a lack of oxygen caused by a misaligned jaw. Your jaw posture can have a big impact on your breathing, and corrective alignment treatments can lead to improved oxygen flow, and as a result, give you a better night’s sleep.
- Sinus Problems – If you suffer from mouth breathing or other difficulties breathing, the shape of your mouth and jaw may be to blame. The structure of your mouth and jaw can cause your sinuses to be narrow and compressed. By making adjustments to your palate and jaw, the sinuses widen which can allow for a more efficient airflow.
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Some theories link overall good oral hygiene with the treatment and management of IBS. The mouth is the beginning of the digestive tract; so poor oral hygiene can negatively impact other parts of your digestive health.
- Higher Self Esteem – Many people report more self-confidence, higher self-esteem and less stress as the result of corrective orthodontic work.
The San Diego Orthodontic practice of Dr. Lindsay Pfeffer and Dr. Noel Moser, recognize that every patient is different, and we work hard to cater to the unique needs of each patient. We offer the latest in dental braces and Invisalign, plus we treat our patients like family and will go out of our way to make them smile from the inside out! For a free consultation, call us today at 858-756-6878.