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Archive for March 2021

a dental patient with TMJ disorder

What Could be Causing Your Head and Neck Pain?

Have you ever experienced pain or swelling in your face, head, or neck area? Do you have trouble chewing or feel discomfort in your jaw area when eating? While head and neck pain may be caused by a number of different reasons, there may be a specific underlying cause of these symptoms. These are just a few symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which affects your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This disorder is most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40. While the direct cause of TMD is unknown, some reasons may include jaw injury, teeth grinding or clinching, or joint arthritis. Additional symptoms of TMD can include: jaw popping and stiffness, migraines or frequent head and neckaches, misaligned teeth, eye pain, and ear aches.

Experiencing any of these symptoms? Here’s what to do!

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit a dental specialist that focuses on diagnosing and treating TMD-related symptoms. Proper diagnosis of TMD from a dental specialist can set you on the right track to freedom from head, neck or jaw pain and swelling, or, if you do not have TMD, your dental specialist can refer you to alternative care. Your dentist can evaluate your symptoms and create a customized treatment plan specifically for you. We specialize in treating TMD and offer a few great options to minimize your symptoms and prevent your TMD from becoming more severe. These include:

  • Relaxing your face: keep this rule in mind- “lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid teeth grinding
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Practice good posture: keep your head up, back straight and shoulders squared

While head and neck pain along with other discomforts can be quite disruptive, visiting a dental specialist can help you discover and treat the cause.

Ready to Get Started?

Contact our office and get started on a path to freedom from head and neck today!

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Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

Your smile is a direct source of confidence, a memorable part of who you are, and how you demonstrate your feelings. Don’t let embarrassment from crooked teeth keep you from living openly and confidently in your smile! If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want cumbersome metal braces, our office has a solution. Invisalign® is the most discreet way to straighten teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. These trays are custom-fitted to how your teeth are positioned at the beginning of your treatment and are precision-fabricated to have slight adjustments in their shape. Over the length of your treatment, they’ll gently push your teeth into a straighter position.

How Is Invisalign Better?

Aesthetically, when compared to bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign® is virtually invisible while being worn. For adults and teens, this is a significant advantage as it does not affect your appearance during treatment. The plastic trays are made for your mouth and have no sharp edges, so they’re more comfortable than conventional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, so you can maintain your normal eating habits and oral hygiene routine.

Our Invisalign Process

The Invisalign treatment process first begins with digital impressions taken of your mouth. These impressions are incredibly precise and are used to custom design your series of clear aligners. You’ll wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Over the next several months, your teeth will predictably move into position, while you enjoy the benefits of invisible orthodontics!

Ready to Get Started with Invisalign?

Metal braces aren’t your only option, and most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. If you want a discreet solution, schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will provide personalized treatment, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

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