A long, hard day at work would sometimes leave you with a headache, pain in the neck, back and other parts of the body. These would be natural and not worth your concern if these were to come and go easily. Otherwise, you might have to look for unlikely sources, such as bad teeth.
Your teeth might be the cause of your daily pains. Migraine, neck or shoulder aches and clicking of jaw joints are among the symptoms of malocclusion or crooked teeth. This dental condition occurs due to a variety of factors, including genetics, bad oral habits and severe injuries.
How it happens
Well-aligned teeth would have top and bottom that meet exactly, molars that fit seamlessly and top-front denture that would rest a little in front of their lower opposites in a resting position. For natural or manmade causes, teeth would crowd themselves, putting excessive pressure on temporomandibular joints and muscles that control the jaw.
Temporomandibular joints control the movement between the upper and lower jaw and connect the jawbone to the cranium. With extra strain, these joints become sore and worse, and eventually move out of position. Repeated pressure may lead to temporomandibular disorder and other problems, from chewing to discomfort and debilitating headaches. Facial pains or pain in and around the jaw areas can be the effects of teeth misalignment, as well.
Prevention and treatment
Malocclusion may cause lifestyle changes and severe oral problems such as gum disease and tooth decay if left untreated. Some dentists advise patients to use mouth guards. These do not necessarily cure malocclusion, but prevent further wear and tear of the teeth.
For long-term to permanent solutions, they suggest the use of braces. These dental appliances will improve the teeth’s biting position, ease pressure on the temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles. These will help remove malocclusion-related headaches, as well.
Orthodontic treatments are necessary to prevent pains in your upper body. Dentists in Battersea provide a wide range of cosmetic braces to improve your teeth and bite. With our services, you can say goodbye to migraines and body pains. Learn more about orthodontists in Battersea.