Many people suffer from chronic headaches, but they may not realize that their teeth and jaw might be the cause. There is a major nerve in the face that runs through the jaw, and if that nerve is affected through a misaligned bite, the result may be headaches.
Some of the main culprits of dental-related headaches are:
- TMJ disorder, also abbreviated TMD
- Previous conventional orthodontics or previous Invisalign
- Missing teeth or misaligned teeth causing a shift in your bite
TMD can be the result of a naturally misaligned bite due to tooth damage, missing teeth, or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by careless or improper Invisalign treatment. Invisalign can be a wonderful way for adults to straighten their teeth. However, if you are not a good candidate or your teeth require a complex treatment plan, Invisalign can cause headaches and other TMD symptoms.
Dr. Clancy has moved thousands of teeth successfully with Invisalign treatments in his career, and part of the reason for his success is that he knows when a patient is a poor candidate who would benefit more from a different orthodontic treatment. He will not push Invisalign on you if he thinks you are not a great candidate for it.
As an alternative to Invisalign, Dr. Clancy offers full face orthodontics, which is a much more comprehensive and complex approach to treating misaligned teeth. Full face orthodontics is specifically designed to take the whole face into account, optimizing not only tooth placement but jaw placement as well.
Dr. Clancy also offers TMD treatment options for patients suffering from the disorder. He will find the root cause of your TMD and prescribe a treatment plan accordingly. TMD treatment plans can include myofunctional therapy, orthotic therapy, full face orthodontics, restorative treatment, tooth replacement, prosthetic replacements, medical specialist referral and combinations of multiple treatment modalities.