You likely grew up understanding dentistry as a doctor for your teeth where your visits were mainly limited to cleanings and fillings. Advances in education and technology have allowed dentists to go beyond just treating the symptoms of poor oral health, but to also treat a common source of poor oral health and many other conditions--a misaligned bite.
Cracked teeth and a surprising number of other painful issues affecting your teeth/jaw, head and neck can be caused by a misaligned bite. This is the focus of neuromuscular dentistry.
Neuromuscular dentistry (NMD), also known as physiologic dentistry, is the science of using nonsurgical methods to align the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw while creating balanced and relaxed musculature of the head and neck.
This is accomplished through custom orthotics worn on the lower teeth for a short period of time to determine where the bite is most comfortable. You and your dentist will then decide what is the best course to take to maintain that bite long term, be it wearing a long term orthotic, orthodontic treatments to move the teeth into the better bite position or a full mouth reconstruction using porcelain to replace change the bite and give you that healthy youthful smile .
Benefits of using NMD include:
1) improved overall oral health.
2) improvement or resolution of painful conditions such as TMJ, migraines, vertigo and more.
3) effective treatments without use of prescription pain medications.
4) restoration to a more youthful appearance in both your smile and your facial structure resulting from measured change in jawline shift, muscle tone of the face and improved contour of your smile.