Did you know that braces can help people who are experiencing relentless jaw pain? Having a sore jaw is often a symptom of tooth problems that can benefit from orthodontics. Jaw pain can also arise from problems like headaches, sinus pain, and arthritis. For example, you might have pain from cavities or gum disease that have made their way to the jaws. Other times, it involves a TMJ disorder from the temporomandibular joint (or TMJ), which connects the jaw to your skull.
TMJ problems often stem from issues with the bite, such as misalignments. In this case, orthodontic treatments can solve those issues by aligning the teeth, restoring the proper bite, and lessening pressure on the jaws.
Orthodontics can be a life-changing solution when it comes to this kind of chronic jaw pain. While your teeth, jaw, or throat might be leaving you in pain, our orthodontist can evaluate both your head and neck regions to pinpoint the underlying issue. Regular evaluation by a doctor or dentist can often be tricky since the jaw is right in the middle of your head so the connection could be overlooked. This is because the pain can radiate from various bones, nerves, and connective tissues located in the craniofacial area of the head and neck.
Different types of jaw pain can arise from any of the following:
You might also find relief for jaw pain by combining braces (for straightening teeth and correcting bite alignment) with braces muscle stimulation and stress management techniques to relieve tension in the jaw. It can also help to cut your food into smaller pieces, avoiding sticky, hard-to-chew foods, and eating more soft foods to reduce pressure on the joints.
The good news is when using orthodontics to relieve your TMD jaw pain, you can accomplish your goal whether you stick to traditional braces or clear aligners. Many effective treatment options can help improve your quality of life by reducing pain. If getting braces for your facial pain is something you would like to learn more about, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our orthodontic team. You do not have to live with chronic jaw pain, so contact us today!