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Insufficient jaw development is one of the primary contributors to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Neuromuscular orthodontics can help remodel adult jaw structure and provide growth guidance for children.

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Insufficient jaw development is one of the primary contributors to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Neuromuscular orthodontics can help remodel adult jaw structure and provide growth guidance for children.

The Neuromuscular Approach

Neuromuscular orthodontics is about more than straight teeth. Dr. Firouzi’s approach to treating the entire face instead of focusing on teeth alone helps build a strong foundation for future dental work and development. This approach integrates:

  • The patient’s teeth
  • Condition of the patient’s TMJ
  • Space for the tongue to rest comfortably
  • Upper airway
  • Muscles that control posture
  • The function of the jaw and neck

The goal of neuromuscular orthodontics is to create a balanced smile, beautiful, aligned, and in harmony with surrounding structures and systems.

How Is Neuromuscular Orthodontics Used?

Neuromuscular dentistry’s primary focus is to diagnose and treat temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). This practice is essential because an unbalanced dental alignment can cause:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Jaw and tooth pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Jaw locking
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sleep apnea

Implementing neuromuscular dentistry techniques helps treat these conditions and prevent existing symptoms from worsening. Additionally, advanced orthodontics can optimize jaw structure and positioning. Restructuring or guiding jaw growth can also yield better cosmetic results.

Better Than Traditional?

Many orthodontists focus primarily on cosmetics, ensuring patients’ teeth are straight by fitting them with braces. While this approach can create beautiful smiles for patients and give them the visible result they’re looking for, it can fall short of the mark. Straight teeth are a noble goal. Aesthetically speaking, pearly whites lined up neatly look better. What’s missing from the equation is all of the other structures that contribute to the problem. If the jaw, for example, is too small or underdeveloped, it can affect the way teeth interact with each other.

Neuromuscular Orthodontics at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry

Don’t leave your orthodontic needs to a traditional orthodontist. Dr. Firouzi provides his patients with advanced dentistry knowledge and techniques focused on functionality and beauty. Contact Dr. Firouzi today at (412) 274-1126 or visit our contact page here for a consultation and learn about the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry.

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