When your upper jaw does not sit straight on your lower jaw, this is a condition called jaw misalignment. Jaw misalignment can also be classified more specifically as an overbite, underbite, and crossbite. While a misaligned jaw is an inherited syndrome, it also has causes such as extensive pacifier usage or having dental crowns/dental fillings placed wrongly.
Problems and Symptoms
Jaw misalignment inflicts strain/wear to your teeth and jaws. Additionally, because jaw misalignment can mean crooked teeth, it is more difficult to clean them with a toothbrush. Because of this, those with a misalign jaw are prone to tooth decay, gingivitis, and other health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.
With this oral condition, you may experience pain while chewing because your jaws do not properly close together. A misaligned jaw may also cause speech and breathing issues. However, don’t despair! There are a number of treatments available, including non-surgical options!
A misaligned jaw may be corrected by a number of treatments. The most common solution is non-surgical and one everybody knows? – braces or Invisalign! Invisalign (or braces) will straighten your teeth, lessen tooth wear, and make it easier to clean your teeth. Tooth removal and reshaping are other treatments that can help those with a misaligned jaw. In serious cases, surgery may be needed to re- position your jaw.
At Premier Dental Associated of Lower Manhattan, our patients’ health is our number one concern! If you feel pain in your jaw or feel like your teeth might be misaligned, please contact us at 212-587-0202. We love seeing those pearly whites shine!