For many children, teens, and adults, crooked or misaligned teeth can cause a lot of emotional pain. You may feel self-conscious when giving a presentation at work, speaking with someone at a cocktail party, or getting your picture taken with friends.
As much as crooked teeth may be hurting your self-esteem, they could also be causing you physical pain as well!
Ideally, your teeth will fit together, almost like the pieces of a puzzle. When you chew or talk or even just sleep at night, your teeth will line up, distributing stress evenly across your jaw and facial muscles and allowing your jaw to relax. If you are a clencher and keep your teeth in contact day or night, and if your teeth are misaligned, this may put extra pressure on teeth, gums, muscles and nerves. This also prevents the muscles of the jaw from relaxing. The result could be undo stresses leading to headaches, migraines, chronic muscle tension in the jaw or even arthritic changes in the TMJ’s (jaw joints).
Past patients have actually discovered that migraines and tension headaches faded and disappeared after they started using Invisalign braces. Of course, this isn’t the case for every client. Tight jaw muscles, tension headaches, and migraines arise from a variety of factors, but if you suffer from these issues, perhaps misaligned teeth are part of the problem.
If you are looking for one more reason to finally do something about your crooked teeth, perhaps the possibility of avoiding some future headaches, sore jaw muscles or destructive forces in your TMJ’s can be an added incentive. Come on in to my San Francisco dental office to learn more about Invisalign brace.