What Are Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders?

“Orofacial myofunctional disorders” – it’s quite a mouthful! An orofacial myofunctional disorder, or OMD for short, is often seen in children but can occur in adults as well, and it can be quite serious. What are OMDs? OMDs are disorders of the muscles in the face. Such a disorder can interefere with everyday activities like …

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Is TMJ Causing Your Pain?

TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disease is a debilitating disease that can worsen over time and cause a host of different issues.  In most cases, it can be caused by misalignment of the teeth, which in turn can put abnormal stresses on the jaw joint.  This joint is in the skull and jawbone.  TMJ is probably …

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How Can I Improve the Shape of My Face Without Surgery?

Can the way the teeth meet together affect my facial features.  Yes!  Many patients and doctors do not realize the major differences that occur with ones face when the jaw is moved to its optimal physiologic position.  This affects the facial profile, facial symmetry, and the entire lower 1/3 of the face. Having a bad …

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The advantages of white fillings over metal fillings

Depending on your age, if you’ve ever had a filling to restore a tooth after decay has been removed, you’ve probably experienced metal fillings. But there are many disadvantages to metal fillings, which is why white dental fillings have become the desired choice for fixing cavities. Metal fillings Metal amalgam was the go-to cavity-filling material …

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What Does Your Tongue and Breathing Have to do with Jaw Development and Attractive Faces?

Our office has been treating cases with non-surgical jaw development for overbites and underbites for years as well as TMJ treatment.  This applies to adults and kids.  Our website shows many cases utilizing Anterior Guided Growth Appliances (AGGA) and similar cases as shown in this excellent video with Dr. John Mew.  Dr. Mew is a …

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It Is National TMJ Awareness Month: Reach Out and Help Someone

November is official National TMJ Awareness Month.  Why is there a national awareness month?  One of the reasons is that TMJ pain is highly unrecognized and many patients suffer from this.  Symptoms can be from mild headaches to severely debilitating issues such as migraines and the inability to open one’s mouth. Many of our TMJ …

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