The common conception is that dental bite problems like overbites and underbites are very hard to correct and require Oral Maxillofacial surgery along with years of braces to correct and can be very painful. There are non-surgical ways to correct these issues. Fortunately, further developments and advancements in jaw growth procedures, can correct these bad bites in adults as well as children. Slowly but surely the dental profession is recognizing that this is not an option, rather a necessity of care.
Many of these patient’s with misaligned bites also have TMJ pain or TMJ disorders along with damaged or worn teeth as well as neck and postural pain. Some patients do not have any pain. Others have Myofunctional issues such as mouth breathing, low tongue posture, and even sleep apnea secondary to their bad bites.
It may seem hard to believe, however, bad bites cause a host of body issues. In many cases, the bad bites arise from the myofunctional issues, allergies, nasal issues, and mouth breathing. These issues corrupt or interfere with the normal growth and development of the facial and nasal structures and disharmonies in the craniofacial features result. When these interruptions occur, you will often see an underdeveloped upper or lower jaw which are called underbites and overbites. This also affects patient’s profiles and facial proportions.
Jaw Growth Treatment, as opposed to oralmaxillofacial jaw surgery ,s focused on helping to develop the jaws back to their full genetic potential. This can and is accomplished non-surgically in several ways:
- For those with TMJ pain, pain is treated first then
- Anterior Guided Growth Appliances and Controlled Arch Orthodontics
- For those who are in need of restorative dental care, porcelain can be used to build the teeth to the corrected jaw or bite positions.
It is very important to note that with these treatments, the myofunctional problems also need to be addressed, eliminating the issues that caused the problems in the first place.
With myofunctional therapy, the big three should be addressed which are:
- Lip Seal
- Nasal Breathing
- Proper Tongue Posture and function
It is also important to note that Controlled Arch Orthodontics is not conventional braces or traditional orthodontic treatment. The AGGA and Controlled Arch Orthodontic procedures are focused are physiology with the body, activating the growth centers to turn on remodeling or stimulate bone remodeling of the entire mid face area as opposed to primarily looking at how the teeth meet.
In overview, these procedures can correct bite issues from TMJ pain, facial pain and asymmetry, headaches, and even affect airway volume which helps sleep apnea. Additionally, these procedures allow for non-surgical facelifts by correcting the mid and lower 1/3 of face.
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If you have any questions regarding TMJ pain treatment, Underbites or Overbites, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289