Perhaps the cause is not stress-induced tension, food allergies, spine alignment, or eyestrain. Maybe the culprit is right under your nose.
Bite misalignment or malocclusion is a fairly common abnormality yet commonly goes undetected.
Nature intended the front teeth to fit slightly forward from the lower teeth. If a patient has a perfect bite, their molars will fit together like puzzle pieces. When there is bite misalignment, the upper arch may close too far back or the lower teeth may close off-center horizontally.
Malocclusion can cause headaches, tooth loosening, tooth fracture, and in acute cases, difficulty chewing, speaking, or breathing.
Braces are an effective solution for many bite issues. Braces not only move teeth, they can also correct the position and function of the joints, muscles, and bones in the jaw. In very rare cases of extreme malocclusion, jaw surgery may be necessary.
If you haven’t been able to identify the cause of your headaches, talk to your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist and live in the Carlsbad area, we invite you to visit our office. We offer technologically-advanced dentistry with a personal touch.
During your exam, we will analyze your bite to see if it may be contributing to or causing your headaches. If that’s the case, we will develop a treatment plan.
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