As much as I love chocolate, that confection is no match for the rewards of a great smile. Researchers have found a genuine smile stimulates your brain more than a delicious treat!
A smile improves so many aspects of life:
- Success with other people
- Career, success and growth
- Better self esteem
Our ability to live happy, healthy lives is a direct response to how often and easily we smile. When you smile you look good, feel good and make the world around you a better place.
Orthodontic treatment provides the first step in developing the ability to smile easily and often. Not only does it improve your outward appearance it will alleviate jaw pain caused by TMJ disorders and Bruxism.
If you put all your teeth where they are suppose to be, much of that jaw clicking and popping, tooth chipping and soreness will be a thing of the past.
Your general dentist should be the first to notice when orthodontic treatment may necessary during your bi-yearly visits. They will alert you to:
- TMJ / TMD Disorder-the temporomandibular joint, also called the TMJ, is the joint holding the lower and upper jaw together. Teeth not being in the proper position are often the cause of pain in this joint.
- Bruxism-the grinding or gnashing of your teeth during the day or grinding at night. This disorder may exacerbate other sleeping disorders.
- Misalignment-when the teeth you can see are crooked it’s obvious. Abnormal alignment of the teeth is something your dentist can see and you are more likely to feel. It will make chewing, biting and speaking more difficult, and in some cases may change the shape of your face
The causes of TMJ disorders and Bruxism:
- Bite Problems
- Habitual teeth grinding and clenching
If you put all your teeth where they are suppose to be, much of that jaw clicking and popping, tooth chipping and soreness will be a thing of the past, or avoided in the future!
Your general dentist should be the first to notice when orthodontic treatment may necessary. Although your dentist may have completed coursework in order to offer orthodontic services, some treatments will fall outside of the general dentists scope of expertise. Orthodontists spend two to three years after four years after dental school studying tooth and jaw alignment while mastering the engineering of non-surgical approaches to treating a bad bite. The best general dentists spend their post dental school years studying gum care, root canals, fillings, bridges and crowns.
I won’t give you a root canal, but will be happy to make you smile, while making your smile!