Whether you live with a misaligned jaw or breathless sleep, your orthodontist has a solution that can improve the quality of your life. There are several viable orthodontic treatment options for managing snoring problems and jaw pain. Some options are appliance based, while others are more permanent.
Oral Appliances vs. Sleep Apnea
While snoring during sleep is fairly common, sleep apnea is a problem which, if left untreated, can seriously impact your health. Those with the condition tend to experience interrupted breathing during sleep, which means that the brain and body are not supplied with adequate oxygen. This problem usually stems from a blocked airway, which can be addressed with orthodontics.
Specially fitted appliances worn during the sleep will widen your upper jaw. These appliances are custom-made thanks to physical or x-ray impressions, as well as models of your teeth. Since your upper jaw is connected to your nasal cavity, an increase in width will lead to a decrease in airflow resistance. These appliances can comfortably adjust your jaws forward, which will open up your airway as well.
Orthodontics vs. TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), is the source of numerous uncomfortable symptoms, like jaw pain, headaches, and lockjaw. This discomfort is sometimes caused by a misaligned bite, which can be addressed by an appliance known as a splint. This splint is not unlike the mouth guard you’d wear at night to remedy sleep apnea. It should be noted that this appliance won’t necessarily fix the bite itself; its main purpose is to address symptoms for a short time.
Repositioning splints, also known as orthotics, do alter your bite permanently. Bite correction can also be achieved, however, through permanent orthodontic treatments. Crowns or bridges can be placed in order to adjust your bite. All options should be considered before settling on a permanent, irreversible treatment. Make sure to discuss all orthodontic options with your specialist in order to make the choice that’s best for you.
Get the Help You Need!
If you or someone you know deals with the symptoms of TMD or sleep apnea, call today to schedule an appointment in order to know and discuss your options. Thanks to advancements in orthodontic treatments, we are able to address both problems with specialized appliances and procedures. Let us help make your like more comfortable!