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Posted on 12/20/2017 by Dr. Michael Allard
Uneven jaw manifests itself in various ways. For one, your upper jaw can be longer or more prominent than your lower jaw. At times, it is the lower jaw which is longer than the upper jaw. There are also cases wherein the jaws appear to be not a match.
While it is easy to regard uneven jaw as simply an aesthetic issue, you cannot be certain considering that there are studies that support how this condition is directly linked to temporomandibular disorder or TMD. You should never discount an irregular condition based solely on your perception so that you can avoid further complications in the future.
Effects of Uneven JawAn uneven jaw that has been left untreated can have numerous negative effects - physically and even psychologically. There are instances wherein uneven jaw eventually leads to TMD. If your misaligned jaw eventually becomes a TMD you will be in pain every time you talk, bite, chew, shout, or simply open and close your mouth. The movement of your jaw will be highly limited once your uneven jaw becomes TMD.
If your jaws are uneven, you will also experience uneven bite since your teeth will not be properly aligned. When this happens, it puts a lot of pressure on your teeth that may damage the enamel and eventually lead to sensitive teeth. The enamel is the part that protects your teeth from wear and tear, which is why, apart from developing sensitive teeth you will also be susceptible to dental infections and tooth decay if your enamel becomes damaged.
Having an uneven jaw can also result in psychological issues such as low self-esteem and confidence as well as an inferiority complex. Having an asymmetrical face can greatly affect your natural aesthetic causing you to feel self-conscious and shy when facing others. Visit us today so we can readily find ways to address your misaligned jaw and free you from its negative consequences.
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