Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and change your facial appearance for the better. Which will help boost your self-esteem. It can provide you with the chance to participate in improving the way you look. Patients often feel more self-confident even before the actual treatment is completed.
Our Work in Orthodontics
We are proud to announce the addition of a brand new system for braces called the Invisalign® System, which allows adult patients to straighten their teeth - WITHOUT BRACES. A series of clear custom aligners are used to straighten the teeth. The great thing is - the aligner is almost invisible so you can get results without announcing the treatment to the world. Because it is removable, brushing and flossing are made simple without having to worry about wires, brackets, and bands. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on what you can eat.
Some common methods of treating TMJ disorders are listed below:
- Elimination of Spasms and Pain - This can be done by applying moist heat to the face, using prescribed muscle relaxants or other medications, massaging the muscles, and eating soft, non-chewy foods. These are especially helpful for acutely painful flares. Bite plates or occlusal (bite) splints can also be made. This treatment helps to eliminate the harmful effects of clenching or grinding the teeth. Bite guards/splints are more helpful over time to prevent acute flares.
- Counseling or Biofeedback/Relaxation Training - Many times counseling is used along with other forms of treatment. If emotional stress is the factor that causes clenching or grinding of the teeth, that stress should be reduced or eliminated. Biofeedback, a relaxation technique that teaches people to control tension throughout various parts of the body with the aid of an electronic monitoring device, can also be helpful in reducing muscle tension in the jaw. Such mind/body techniques as the Alexander Method can be helpful in muscle re-education.
- Correcting the Way the Teeth Fit Together - If your bite is incorrect or uneven, it can be adjusted by selective grinding of the teeth. Orthodontic appliances (braces) and other dental procedures may also be used to reduce problems caused by improperly aligned teeth.
- Surgery - If muscle spasms have occurred for long periods, the TMJ itself may become injured or arthritic. In addition the bones and soft tissues of the TMJ may slip out of normal position because of trauma such as a blow to the head, or some other cause. Occasionally, in cases such as these, surgery may be needed to correct the TMJ problem.
SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
Snoring can greatly reduce the ability to sleep well. In addition, excessive daytime sleepiness can be frustrating and lead to poor performance at school or at work. Loud snoring can be a sign of upper airway resistance syndrome or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a potentially life -threatening disease that causes you to stop breathing many times during sleep. Sleep Apnea can place you at high risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke.
We work with physicians at the Sleep Disorders Center in the Swedish American Health System to jointly manage sleep-related breathing disorders.
If indicated, we can fabricate an oral appliance that maintains proper jaw alignment for safe and healthful sleep. This mouthpiece, similar to a sports mouthpiece, allows the patient to breathe through either the nose or mouth. Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies such as diet and exercise, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), psychotherapy, and surgery.