People choose to visit a specialist orthodontist for all kinds of reasons. Often it’s because they’re not happy with the way their teeth look. However, this is far from the only reason people choose to undergo teeth realignment treatment.
Many people come to see us because they’re suffering from pain or discomfort. You may not realise this, but poor teeth and jaw alignment can actually be the cause of many seemingly unrelated issues.
Below are five symptoms that can often be caused by non-ideal jaw alignment. Surprised? We think you will be!
One. Facial muscle pains
If your jaw is badly alignment, this can often mean that your facial muscles have to work harder in order to speak, chew and swallow. This extra work often results in muscle aches and pains.
Two. Tingly fingers
There are a great many nerves in your face and jaw. In some cases, a misaligned jaw could be pinching some of these nerves, particularly the ones that lead down into the arms. This means that some patients can experience tingly or numb fingers as a result of their misaligned jaw.
Three. Cold extremities
If your nerves are being pinched, this could also affect your blood flow. This can reduce the effectiveness of your circulation and mean that you experience cold hands or feet.
Four. Headaches and migraines
A misaligned jaw often means that a patient tenses their jaw or face. This tension is generally bad news as it often leads to tension headaches and migraines. Headaches and migraines can also be caused by a blood pressure build up caused by pinched nerves and poor circulation.
Five. Neck pain
When a muscle is overworked, it generally leans more heavily on the muscles around it for assistance. Therefore, if your facial and jaw muscles are having to work harder, your neck muscles will typically be roped in, too. Over time, this can result in neck pain and discomfort.
If you have one of these symptoms, or something similar, and have so far been unable to find a cause, it could be your teeth or jaw alignment.
In this case, we’d certainly recommend arranging a consultation with a specialist orthodontist.