This patient wanted to avoid jaw surgery because she already had people very close to her get jaw surgery done. She said: "They really suffered, and, in the end, they had lower lips that were numb, and they did not heal right." Patients that want to avoid jaw surgery have a choice that most dentists are not even aware of.
This patient lived with severe TMJ pain, neck pain, and tension headaches. Her jaw was pushed back towards the ears and her front teeth were also angled back, resulting in a deep overbite and small chin. She had the wrong jaw position. She was not sleeping well due to ongoing grinding and woke up tired in the mornings with a foggy brain. She was seeking a cosmetic and functional makeover.
It is common for patients with overbites to get headaches because their lower jaw closes too far when the teeth are too small. Patients can get relief with braces or clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, but neither can increase the sizes of the teeth in order to get the jaw into its ideal position
When the teeth are overlapping, the face is shorter than what would be normal for the patient. The jaw position cannot be optimized due to the sizes of the teeth, so these patients are structurally compromised. This is what happens when we grow older, as our teeth get worn down and are too short for our facial structures.
When our teeth get worn down, the airway is smaller, our faces age too fast and we think we need a face-lift. Unfortunately, after getting a face-lift, the central part of the problem still exists, which is a bite that lacks facial support and the jaw position that is necessary to improve the structural shape to the face. The facelift cannot improve the jaw position, but now patients can get the teeth size increased, the tooth structure that was worn away replaced, and an optimized jaw position that reverses the effects of premature aging.
“I have straight teeth, but an uncomfortable bite, small teeth, and headaches and I wanted to get relief without jaw surgery.”
What are the choices available to patients with headaches, small teeth, deep overbites, and narrow smiles”? If you go to a cosmetic dentist and get porcelain veneers, the headaches may not go away because veneers don’t correct overbites. In fact, veneers make overbites worse most of the time and the lower teeth usually wear down faster. The dentist will typically drill away a lot of healthy tooth structure. It is always best to avoid destructive dentistry that drills away from your healthy teeth. VENLAY® Restorations are the solution to the functional and aesthetic problems, and your healthy teeth stay healthy.
Dentists that recommend jaw surgery are very good dentists doing what they know how to do. Unfortunately, jaw surgery is not always the best choice of treatment. It also comes with a lot of risks, hospital stays, pain, and it can be a little unpredictable. The truth about jaw surgery is that it is no longer your only choice for underbite fix or an overbite fix.
Call us on (310) 829-6796 to get some of your questions answered. We need to see you in order to know how much it will cost because it depends on how much treatment you need. We get all kinds of patients. Someone that needs dental implants, root canals, a lot of fillings or dental crowns replaced is more costly than someone the does not need any dental work done. This revolutionary method works so well that we see patients from all over the world. You need to fly in to get all of the details of your treatment and it is worth it. Dr. Sam Muslin will be teaching his method in the future but for now, he is the only dentist in the world that offers his non-invasive Face Lift Dentistry® Method.