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TMJ Causes: Unbalanced (or bad) Dentistry
“I’ve had previous ‘dental work’ done,
could that be the cause?”
A ‘bad bite’ is certainly a leading cause of TMJ. It affects your jaw alignment and muscle tone which can create TMJ.
It can lead to years of pain, a face that is functionally inadequate and changes to the shape and ultimately the deformation of your overall appearance.
The causes of an unbalanced bite vary from person to person but a major factor for some people is previous orthodontic treatment that was improperly executed.
In the early days…
Once upon a time, you had to have orthodontic work done. Your teeth were a mess and you were forced to sit through extractions, moldings and eventually your teeth were braced-up. You knew it was all worth it because in the end, you would have a set of straight, beautiful pearly whites.
While the end result did net you an immediate improvement in the look of your teeth, it could have been doing more structural damage than good. Traditional orthodontics primarily focused on aesthetics (not function) by forcing your jaw back, creating a generation of people with compromised jaw structure, restricted breathing airways and constricted dental arches.
Your teeth don’t have to look crooked to have an unbalanced bite. You could have a perfectly straight set of teeth and still be suffering from headaches, facial deformity, mouth-function issues, ringing in the ears, cracking and popping in the jaw, numbness in your arms and fingers and numerous additional symptoms.
An unbalance bite – due to previous orthodontic treatments – can affect your entire body. The way your teeth ‘mesh’ together is the single most important factor in your jaw muscles’ activity. An unbalanced bite will create muscle imbalance causing pain, discomfort and irritation from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
That’s not to say that everyone that has had previous orthodontic work done is in danger of developing TMJ. It is to say, however, if you have had orthodontics completed in the past and you now suffer from any TMJ-like symptoms, there could be a definite link.