Having Jaw Pain? The Importance of Teeth Alignment

Why Do My Teeth Need To Be Aligned?

The only reason people get braces is to improve their smile, right? Wrong! Occlusion, or the alignment of your teeth, is a crucial factor in the health and functionality of your entire mouth. It may not seem like anything more than a cosmetic issue, but malocclusion (misaligned teeth) can cause jaw pain, difficulty eating, jaw popping and more. Your mouth is a finely tuned digestive organ and even the slightest issue with teeth alignment could cause big problems.

Dr. McCormick wants to make sure every Fuquay resident knows that a properly aligned bite is about more than just looks. There are many options for correcting your bite, including full TMJ treatment or even simple night guards! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us! We at Fuquay Family Dentistry are dedicated to your oral health and we will do whatever we can to make sure you have a happy, healthy mouth!

Is My Bite Properly Aligned?

Beyond any obvious teeth sticking out of place, it may be difficult for you to determine on your own whether not your teeth are properly aligned. Almost everyone has a little bit of malocclusion, but it is not always a serious problem that interferes with chewing or closing your mouth. If your jaw hurts, Dr. McCormick can tell you exactly what is wrong with your bite and help you fix it. Below is a list of symptoms that Fuquay residents may experience from having misaligned teeth:

  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Difficulty or discomfort biting, chewing, or closing the mouth

Why Aren’t My Teeth Straight?

If your teeth are improperly aligned, don’t feel bad. Very few people in Fuquay are born with a perfect set of teeth and most people need some form of orthodontic therapy. There are many causes of malocclusion, but one of the biggest factors is genetics. Mouth shapes, jaw shapes, and the size and position of teeth are passed down through generations of families. As such, you are likely to find that you share some alignment characteristics, such as uneven spaces between teeth or overcrowding. In addition to genetics, there are number of changes in your mouth that can influence the alignment of your teeth. Here are a few examples:

Treating a Misaligned Bite or Jaw Pain

Every time you visit Fuquay Family Dentistry, we will carefully examine your bite to make sure that your upper and lower teeth fit together well and both respective rows are functioning properly. As always, feel free to tell Dr. McCormick if you have any concerns about your bite. There are a plethora of treatments ranging from fixed appliances, to veneers, to minimal filings of protruding points. Whatever your alignment needs may be, we will work with you to craft a solution that meets your needs. Call Fuquay Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a perfect smile!

Sources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001058.htm

http://damonbraces.com/choose/why-braces.php

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School and a recipient of the Monte G. Miska Prosthodontics Award, Dr. Bryden McCormick has been serving the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for many years. With a dedication to improving his patients’ overall health, and a passion for working with his hands, Dr. McCormick’s goal is to surpass his patients’ expectations at every turn.

Dr. McCormick’s continuing commitment to education has led him to receive fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has completed numerous courses on dental implants, Six Month Smiles®, cosmetic dentistry, and digital dentistry from world-renowned institutions, such as the Scottsdale Center and the Triangle Dental Institute.

In the community, Dr. McCormick has volunteered his professional services with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, Giving Smiles Events at Raleigh Dental Arts, and the NC Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Ministry. He also sponsored a Free Dental Day at Fuquay Family Dentistry and served over 100 patients in need within our community. Personally, Dr. McCormick sponsors local community and school events, such as FVAA teams, Friends of the Chorus, Band Booster, Theater Patron at the Fuquay-Varina High School, Theatre Patrons, Friends of the Museums, and local travel baseball and softball teams.

Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. McCormick currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Kristen, who teaches at Wake Tech. They have three children and a Newfoundland fur ball named Otis. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys smoking ribs, cooking, working in his yard, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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