Orthodontics to help improve your health
Most of the time when we think about the people who end up going into orthodontics offices we often think about people who just want to straighten up their smile in order to have a better outward appearance. While this is without a doubt a decent amount of the customers who find themselves in the orthodontics office, there is a huge group of people who go into the orthodontist’s office for a whole different reason; to help improve their health.
One of the most common health problems that can be solved with a bit of dental work is TMJs. You might not have heard about TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). This is when you start to experience pain around your temporomandibular, which is what connects your lower jawbone to your skull. If you think about it, these joints get a lot of work though the day between all of the talking, eating and other mouth movements like swallowing and yawning that we make throughout the day. If the joints start to inflame or experience discomfort, it can lead to not only the constant pain but also can restrict movement. Some of the most common symptoms of TMD are:
- Pain, ringing or stuffiness in the ears
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Pain in the jaw area
- Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
- Muscle spasms in the jaw area
- A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
- Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth.
If you experience any of these symptoms it might be a good idea to make an appointment with your local orthodontists. They can often give you a free consultation on if you have some signs of TMD and then most importantly, what they might be able to do in order to help fix the problem and make your life a little bit easier and a bit more comfortable.
Each orthodontist of course will have different ways and specialties in order to fix the problem but for the most part they should be able to give you things to do in order to get most of the symptoms of TMD cleared up in a matter of no time so that you can go back to living comfortably and be able to eat and talk without constant pain or discomfort. There are even orthodontists that specialize in the more health related side of orthodontics who might be able to give you a pretty good idea on what kinds of things you might be facing in order to fix your TMD and what kinds of processes you might go through. If there is not a TMD specialist in your area, most of the time any normal orthodontist office should have quite a bit of knowledge and experience with TMD patients as well. Just ask around with your local orthodontics professionals and you should be able to find some highly qualified professionals to help make your life easier and your jaw feel better.