Many patients come to our office with concerns of aging faces, receding chin, and a short lower 1/3 of the face. Some describe this as if they feel their faces are sunken in and they feel they look older. On top of this many of these patients also have head and neck pain, TMJ tension, sleep or snoring issues as well as looking older. This is often seen with overbites, underbites, and misaligned bites. Most of these and the aging issues can be corrected non-surgically.
Bad bites are often over closed, reducing the patient’s vertical dimension and creating a short lower 1/3 of the face. No facelifts, fillers, Botox, or porcelain veneers will correct this. In essence, Dr. Konig is able to complete non-surgical facelifts utilizing dentistry and your physiologic bite.
Dr. Konig explains, ” Correcting the bite and jaw relationship, not only creates a more youthful and younger face, it also allows for better chewing, TMJ pain relief, and in many cases better airway for breathing.”
Utilizing computerized protocols and biomedical equipment for bite management allows Dr. Konig to optimize the best physiologic bite for healthy and esthetics which changes the shape of the face. These non-surgical overbite corrections and misaligned bite corrections are procedures that can also enhance health and well-being. Simply placing porcelain veneers will not change the facial features or correct bad bites.
Once the optimal physiologic bite is determined and tested, the teeth can be built up to this position. This can be done conservatively, many times with little or no grinding of the teeth. Sometimes only the back teeth have to be completed and other times orthodontic methods can be utilized. These are choices that the patient is given based on their own desires and needs.
If you have questions regarding Houston TMJ treatment or non-surgical bite management, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.