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Instant orthodontics. Instant gratification?

Instant orthodontics, ChicagoEveryone loves a clean and healthy smile. While healthy teeth are also very important physically in chewing and digesting food, the cosmetics of pretty teeth can also mean much in the development of personal confidence and mental health.

The real change that occurs with an exquisite smile is how you fel about yourself.  If you look in the mirror every morning and hate your smile you are feeding negativity to your brain and psyche.

Being afraid to smile can have a truly negative impact on a person’s life. This negative impact is unnecessary when the contemporary advances in dental health can help repair any problem being experienced with bad teeth. This does not always require total mouth reconstruction either, although that can be accomplished when necessary.

How do you straighten teeth fast?

Even individuals needing to correct bad bite problems can find a method to achieve straight teeth fast after consulting with an experienced dentist who can suggest the best repair process. One of the most effective methods of repairing teeth is the use of veneers. Veneers can be evaluated and shaded according to existing teeth, but teeth whitening services for existing are also available as an addition. This presents the opportunity for a nice bright white smile after receiving veneers replacements, as your discolored smile will evaporate.

Find beauty in symmetry

Another important gratification after receiving new veneers is better smile symmetry, along with better facial symmetry in some instances. Improved facial symmetry can also include filling gaps between natural teeth that can create problems in both function and appearance.

The combination results in a much younger looking smile and a more confident person, especially for people who deal with the public on a regular basis. Looking young can mean feeling young for most people, and feeling better about yourself may be the most gratifying improvement of all.

Straight, white teeth are healthy teeth

People with healthy teeth can still find affordable ways to improve their existing smile, especially with the teeth whitening capabilities and services available today. This is clearly one of the most cost-effective methods of improving your smile, and instant gratification for new white and shiny teeth can be as important and achievable for existing teeth as for those in need of significant repair.

There is no such thing as teeth that are too white or too strong, and there are now excellent processes for strengthening tooth enamel as well making your smile radiant.

What is TMJ?

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What is TMJ? Learn more about it!


Everyone experiences occasional headaches, shoulder pain, or sore neck. Most of the time we can dismiss the cause as nothing more than stress or our busy lives, but, when pain becomes a daily occurrence or is accompanied by other symptoms, there could be something more going on.

If you are suffering from undiagnosed, chronic pain, TMJ may be the reason. But what is TMJ, and why does it cause pain?

How does your TMJ work?

TMJ is an abbreviated term for the temporomandibular joint also known as your jaw joint. Other abbreviations; TMD for Temporomandibular Disorder and TMJD for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, are also accepted and used interchangeably  to refer to the pain, disorder or dysfunction of this joint and other affected areas surrounding it.

Like all of the wonderfully complex parts of our bodies, the temporomandibular joint is designed for smooth, continuous and pain-free operation. These two essential joints work in unison to allow you to:

  • bite
  • speak
  • chew
  • sing
  • yawn
  • laugh
  • talk

In fact, for your jaw to do everything you need it to, it must be able to open close, move forward and back and from side to side.

The bones of your joints do not work alone. To move, each of your ball and socket jaw joints are cushioned by a disc and surrounded by the muscles, ligaments and nerves that make them work.

What causes jaw problems?

While TMJ causes are not always clear, they are often be related to specific events or life changes, including:

  • uneven dentistry
  • direct injury to the temporomandibular joint
  • ongoing stress resulting in bruxism and clenching of the jaw
  • shifting or missing teeth
  • a misaligned jaw or underdeveloped jaw due to genetics or childhood breathing problems
  • arthritis
  • sleep disorders, especially sleep disordered breathing

Where does the pain come from?

Since the TM joint consists of so many interdependent parts, if even one piece is out of commission, stressed or damaged in some way, the rest of the connecting parts are affected. This includes the part of our nervous system that is responsible for providing input to the brain for as much as 40 percent of the human head and face.

The nerve, specifically called the trigeminal nerve is of great interest to the physiologic dentist evaluating and treating TMJ disorders. As the name implies, there are three branches to this nerve, and they are connected with many of the functions of the TM joint, including:

  • Routine chewing functions of the upper and lower jaw
  • Swallowing
  • Breathing
  • Talking
  • Kissing
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Sinuses
  • Teeth

Even though TMJ pain directly communicates through the trigeminal nerve structures, it may also result in referred pain to certain locations in the head and neck.  Almost 100% of all headaches  and migraines, as well as sinus pain are mediated primarily by the trigeminal nerve.  Symptoms of referred pain may include the following symptoms:

  • Frequent morning headaches or migraines
  • Grinding, clicking or popping noise in the TM joints
  • Dizziness
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Tinnitus

Learn more about TMJ

DentistTMJ is a complex disorder. Effective treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis.

If you would like to find out if TMJ is at the root of your chronic pain, take our TMJ questionnaire or, better yet, come in for a consultation.