Written by Dr. Sam Muslin | Last Updated on 09/24/2019
The reason that so many of us have jaw tension is that there is a mismatch between the teeth, bite, jaw position, TMJ, and the patients bone structure. Genetically, most of us never had the most ideal jaw position, which is why we have jaw tension stress. The stress in the jaw is related to clenching during sleep which is why we may wake up with a headache, neck pain, back pain, TMJ pain. Perhaps we just never slept very well and we wake up grumpy. If there is not enough room for our tongues because we have an overbite or underbite, we get jaw tension symptoms that decrease the quality of our lives.
When your chin is pushed back towards your throat, the airway passage size is reduced. When your jaw closes too far because your teeth are too short or you wore down your teeth from clenching and grinding jaw tension can increase at night. When the jaw position is not optimal, our body is forced to spend energy accommodating to the wrong jaw position. Some patients have expressed jaw tension during singing, talking, or laughing because there is so much jaw tension that it can cause pain.
Most of the time, we have the "forward head position" when we have a deep overbite and constricted airway. This happens more as we age because we need to have a more forward head posture in order to breathe easier.
The clenched jaw body language is a result of jaw tension stress, difficulty breathing, the position of our lower jaw from a deep overbite also reduces our blood oxygen level especially when we are sleeping. We have seen patients that have improved posture and reduced forward head posture even while testing with JawTrac® Technology. The goal is to prove that JawTrac® testing has health benefits before treating the teeth. You cannot test jaw surgery or braces for success which is why the results could be less than expected.
When the jaw is misaligned, as example with an overbite, the teeth usually cause the wrong jaw position, creating jaw tension and stress. These patients typically have head and neck tension, sleeping problems and cosmetic problems. There is a solution that is safe, and quicker than any other method and it is predictable.
Most patients with deep overbites had orthodontics that did not work, and most were told they had to have orthognathic surgery. Jaw Surgery cuts the lower jaw and slides it forward so it can look better and function better, but healing can be unpredictable. For most people, we do not recommend jaw surgery because the Face Lift Dentistry® Method is the comprehensive method involving functionality, physicality, along with cosmetic benefits that most people cannot believe.
She explains her problem and the results of her treatment in a straight-up honest manner. No treatment is perfect, but no other treatment is like the Face Lift Dentistry® method.
"When I first came here my face was collapsed. I work for a chain of 7 dental offices and not one of the dentists could help me. I'm very happy that I came here. I couldn't be more happy."
Patient from Texas
"For the first time in years I do not have headaches or TMJ pain. I feel younger and happier and get a great response with my smile wherever I go."
Patient from Idaho
"I did not like my smile. Veneers could not do this as my jaw needed to change, not just my teeth. My niece is a patient of Dr. Muslin and the work she had done just blew me away. Face Lift Dentistry® gave me exactly what I need."
Patient from Ohio