Orthodontics and the Connection to Jaw Pain

Most people know that orthodontics is effective for aesthetic reasons. However, it may be surprising to learn that orthodontics in Clermont is also great for functional reasons, such as treating jaw pain. Unfortunately, many people do experience jaw pain, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, so let’s look at how orthodontics can help mitigate and prevent it.

Causes of Jaw Pain

There are several causes of jaw pain in orthodontics, with one of the most common being misaligned teeth. When teeth are misaligned, they can exert substantial pressure on the jaw joint, resulting in discomfort and pain. Meanwhile, bite issues, like overbite, underbite, and crossbite, can also further contribute to jaw pain. The main issue arises from how these bite problems cause the teeth to come together in a way that is unnatural and abnormal. This puts a lot of pressure on the jaw joint, resulting in pain and discomfort.

Additionally, it’s important to note that some people who experience jaw pain may actually have jaw joint problems, or temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Unfortunately, TMD can lead to considerable pain in the jaw joints, accompanied by other distressing symptoms like earaches, headaches, and challenges in opening and closing the mouth.

Teeth grinding from bruxism can also cause jaw pain. Some people grind their teeth subconsciously, and it will wear down their tooth enamel, putting their teeth at higher risk of tooth decay and damage.

How Orthodontics Can Help With Jaw Pain

Straightening Misaligned Teeth

When your teeth are misaligned, your jaw won’t function properly, and your temporomandibular joint will experience unbalanced pressure. This is where orthodontic treatments can help to realign your teeth, giving you a more balanced and healthier bite while reducing strain on your TMJ.

Correcting Your Bite

Again, having an improper bite will put substantial strain on your jaw joint, creating much discomfort and pain. There are several types of improper bites, but whether it’s an underbite, overbite, or crossbite, our orthodontic treatments can help correct them. You will then enjoy a more balanced bite and distribution of pressure when you bite and chew. This should lessen your TMJ pain.

Achieving Muscle Tension Balance Around Your Jaw

When you undergo orthodontic treatments to align your teeth, this can bring about significant improvement in muscle tension around your jaw. When you have a proper and more balanced bite, your jaw muscles will no longer have to be strained to overcompensate when you bite, chew or speak. This leads to an overall reduced muscle strain and jaw pain.

Reducing Teeth Grinding

If you tend to grind your teeth when you’re asleep, it may be the cause of your TMJ pain. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, causes more pressure on your jaw while also straining your jaw muscles. All that repetitive and forceful grinding often causes inflammation in the TMJ while also leading to excessive wear and tear on your teeth and affecting their health and alignment. Orthodontic treatments can not only help to realign your teeth but also reduce your teeth grinding, which should soothe your jaw pain.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Appointment With Modern Orthodontics

Don’t suffer in silence and let your jaw pain continue interfering with your daily life. With our orthodontic treatments, it’s possible to manage your jaw pain effectively. With our patient, understanding, and skilled orthodontists, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. Call us today and consult our orthodontists about reducing your jaw pain with orthodontics.

Author: Dr. Alan Wong
Dr. Alan Wong is a dedicated orthodontist who loves helping his patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. He is committed to providing gentle, effective care in a patient-centered environment. Dr. Wong is also a strong believer in continuing education, so he can provide his patients with the latest and greatest treatment options.