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TMJ Causes: An Unbalanced Bite

A ‘TemporoMandibular Disorder’ (TMD)…
yes, more than a mouthful

unbalancedThroughout your day you run into all kinds of people that mention all kinds of ailments. Strained knee, sore shoulder, headache, twisted ankle, aching arm . . . but you probably don’t encounter anyone who says “yeah, I’ve got a really bad bite!”. Right?

The reality is, a bad bite can result in soreness, improper mouth function and deformation of your face. A bad bite is also a leading cause of TMJ. Your upper and lower teeth don’t close and come together in the correct way – the way they are intended. The obvious signs include an under-bite or an over-bite, however, someone with a beautiful smile can still experience irritation if their muscles and joints aren’t comfortable. In othere words, it’s not the ‘looks’, but the functionality of your bite.

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So, how did I get this ‘bad bite’?

bad_biteYour unaligned jaw and poorly fitted teeth could be the result of one issue or a combination of possibly these factors:

  • Unbalanced dental treatment
  • Allergies as a child
  • Thumb sucking or other oral habits
  • Old dentistry that has broken down or worn out
  • The shifting of teeth after tooth loss
  • Some types of Orthodontic treatment

Your teeth could also be misaligned as a result of an accident or trauma issue. If you have experienced tooth loss, the shifting of your teeth can result in a bad bite which leads to TMJ. Traditional orthodontics used methods to simply straighten the teeth don’t necessarily take into consideration your overall jaw development.

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The affects of a misaligned jaw

When your teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide enough muscle support in your face needed for chewing and swallowing. These muscles are then forced into a strained position which translates in stress and discomfort throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders and back.

effects_of_bad_biteThe over-worked muscles from an unbalanced bite can result in pain that will materialize in the form of migraines, headaches, earaches, muscles tenderness, facial discomfort, a sore jaw and a multitude of other posture symptoms.

An imbalanced bite stresses and strains the jaw, creating issues in the joints, muscles, nerves and all its related operations. This can severely impact the way your mouth functions and can prevent you from fully opening your mouth and limiting your eating, swallowing, chewing and talking ability.

A bad bite can have significant wear and tear on your teeth and can radically impact the appearance of your face. Your lips change shape. Wrinkles and creases form and deepen on the sides of your nose and mouth. And your lower lip starts to roll out and jowls begin to appear.

Take another look in the mirror.

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