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Opinions on what's the best option for my asymmetrical jaw?

Opinions on what's the best option for my asymmetrical jaw?

Asymmetric jaw: The best option can only be determined after you have a complete understanding of: 1) diagnosis, 2) treatment options, and 3) risks and benefits of each. Often there a many ways to manage these problems, but all too often "short cuts" are attempted with no real chance of success. See an oral and maxillofacial, facial plastic, or cosmetic surgeon for evaluation ...Read more

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Hi! I've chewed with one side of my mouth for a year, face is getting asymmetrical, jaw is crooked - can this be undone by chewing with my other side?

Hi! I've chewed with one side of my mouth for a year, face is getting asymmetrical, jaw is crooked - can this be undone by chewing with my other side?

Asymmetrical Jaw: Probably, a better goal, going forward, is to try and regain the ability to chew on both sides. The best way to achieve this is by going to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can perform a thorough clinical and radiographic exam, in order to correctly diagnose the underlying issues. ...Read more

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Asymmetrical jaw, feel prob somtimes on tooth structre, itchng and uncomfortng feelng on less devlopd part of face orthognal, jaw, implants whic is best?

Asymmetrical jaw, feel prob somtimes on tooth structre, itchng and uncomfortng feelng on less devlopd part of face orthognal, jaw, implants whic is best?

Complex: The answer to your complex condition requires an indepth evaluation and analysis by an expert and competent dentist. Some general dentists do not feel comfortable being the quarterback of team approach to complex problems, but there are exceptional generalists who have the skill, experience and competence to organize a great team of specialists in providing the best options and results! ...Read more

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I have cross byte and thus have asymmetrical jaw, can only jaw surgery will fix my prob or I have to fix braces before surgery & for how long?

I have cross byte and thus have asymmetrical jaw, can only jaw surgery will fix my prob or I have to fix braces before surgery & for how long?

Depends: Things to consider are is it a front tooth or back tooth crossbite as well as the needed movements in order to do so. The measurements of how much movement is needed can affect how it is done. Having an orthodontic consultation with a proper workup will answer these questions and determine the least invasive and most effective solution for your particular situation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the causes of a misaligned jaw?

What are the causes of a misaligned jaw?

Might: Be grinding you teeth at night. Talk to your doctor and try a mouth guard. May help keep things from getting worse ...Read more

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Would a misaligned jaw affect the way your smile looks?

Would a misaligned jaw affect the way your smile looks?

Very Possible: It depends upon the degree of misalignment and where it occurs among many other factors. Slight variations in the back or posterior region of your mouth are unlikely to change your smile. The more severe the misalignment, especially in the anterior region and especially one that affects your midline or facial symmetry, the more likely to affect your smile. Have an orthodontic consultation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a misaligned jaw, what should I do?

What to do if I have a misaligned jaw, what should I do?

Misaligned Jaw: Seek a professional consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or orthodontist or both. ...Read more

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Can traditional or functional orthodontics fix my misaligned jaw?

Can traditional or functional orthodontics fix my misaligned jaw?

Yes: If you are a growing child traditional orthodontics with headgear, elastics or other growth direction modifying appliances can help. If you are an adult the traditional orthodontics (braces) in conjunction with jaw surgery will help ...Read more

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If overbite is caused by misaligned jaw, am I too old for growth of jaw? Wil any functional appliance help jaw to grow? My ortho advic for jaw surgery

If overbite is caused by misaligned jaw, am I too old for growth of jaw? Wil any functional appliance help jaw to grow? My ortho advic for jaw surgery

Complex: You have asked many questions. Functional therapy marginally effective in growing children, totally ineffective in non-growing adults. Depending on amount of skeletal imbalance, surgery may be required. Sounds like your Orthodontist gave you good advice. If concerned, seek opinion from another qualified Orthodontic Specialist and the Oral Surgeon he recommends. ...Read more

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Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Could my misaligned jaw be fixed after a heavy-handed lower wisdom tooth extraction 23 years ago?

Possibly: The removal of impacted wisdom teeth can be very traumatic. Some are in such positions that it requires extended surgical time and more invasive technique. It can be a strain on the jaw, supporting structures, and tmj. However it will not misalign your jaw. If your jaw is misaligned and teeth are maloccluded, an orthodontist should be able to make some corrections. However, jaw surgery may be need. ...Read more

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I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

I have a misaligned jaw (receding jaw, overbite) + crowded teeth. If my dentist ask for extracting 4 teeth, is he categorized as tradtional orthodon?

No: Requesting tooth extractions does not qualify a dentist as an orthodontic specialist. A 10, 000+ hour post-dental school residency in orthodontics is required. An orthodontist will only do orthodontics, not cleanings, fillings, caps, etc. As an adult, with jaws that are no longer growing, you need the services of an orthodontic specialist. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

Can TMJ cause problems with shoulder, elbow & arm pain too? Have misaligned jaw, dropped left, chewed through 2 guards at night & ground down teeth

It is all connected!: The TM Joint can refer pain down into the neck, shoulder and arm. Our bodies brace when we experience pain. If left untreated, the pain can spread throughout our entire head and neck area and into the shoulder and arm.
Schedule an evaluation as soon as you can to get to the bottom of the problem. ...Read more

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Misaligned jaw/crossbite? I had braces before and don't wear my retainer. Do I need braces again to fix? Also my teeth hit when talking and aren't lined up

Misaligned jaw/crossbite? I had braces before and don't wear my retainer. Do I need braces again to fix? Also my teeth hit when talking and aren't lined up

Relapse: If you've had orthodontic treatment and did not wear your retainers as directed, you teeth may have started to shift back to their former position, causing the symptoms that you describe. You will further ortho treatment to correct the relapse. Talk to a local orthodontist regarding your options. ...Read more

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Hey I have an asymmetric jaw in pictures but in the mirror its just fine. But if my jaw is how it is in photos, is there a way to make my jaw even?

Hey I have an asymmetric jaw in pictures but in the mirror its just fine. But if my jaw is how it is in photos, is there a way to make my jaw even?

Trick of the light!: Cameras can take good or bad pics, depending on their quality. How good a pic depends on the skill or kindness of the photographer, too. Some people always "take bad pictures." Trust me on this. I really look like a Cosmo cover girl in real life but you could not tell it by my pic! Anyway, cameras can exaggerate subtle abnormalities that are not obvious to us the rest of the time. See a dentist ...Read more

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I have an overbite and my smile is a bit asymmetrical. My jaw and chin lean to one side bc of my bite. Would braces align and fix all of this?

I have an overbite and my smile is a bit asymmetrical. My jaw and chin lean to one side bc of my bite. Would braces align and fix all of this?

The best solution-: See an orthodontist. You and your orthodontist can decide which orthodontic option are available and customize a treatment plan for you. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I go about fixing facial jaw asymmetry/tmj?

How do I go about fixing facial jaw asymmetry/tmj?

Consultation: Consult with an oral surgeon to see what may be the cause of your asymmetry. Options will be given to you, and you might also be referred to an orthodontist for a consult, since a change in your jaw position will require movement of your teeth. ...Read more

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I'm 21 year old guy n have a lil bit asymmetry jaw which makes my face look larger in the right side compares to the left. Can braces fix the unbalance?

Only part of the ans: You are describing a common issue that varies by degree in all of us. If it is very noticeable, it is sometimes called hemi-facial microsomia. This occurs when both sides of the facial structure don't develop equally. Improvements can be made by building out the under developed side. This may require the areas of oral surgery, facial reconstructive surgery and orthodontics. ...Read more

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I have an edge to edge bite (bimaxillary protrusion) + jaw asymmetry + occlusal cant. Can I do without surgery for protrusion?

I have an edge to edge bite (bimaxillary protrusion) + jaw asymmetry + occlusal cant. Can I do without surgery for protrusion?

I suspect so: Very hard to give a knowledgable opinion in this venue regarding your problem. You need to seek the opinion of one or more oral or maxillofacial surgeons. I'd probably start with your personal dentist and ask for a referral. Surgery may be your best option, but probably not your only therapeutic approach. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have an asymmetric smile. My teeth from the left are larger than the ones on the right. And my jaw clicks every time I try to open it. What to do?

I have an asymmetric smile. My teeth from the left are larger than the ones on the right. And my jaw clicks every time I try to open it. What to do?

See an orthodontist: With the development of new aesthetic orthodontic techniques (lingual orthodontics, invisalign etc.) more adults seek orthodontic treatments for facial asymmetry. ...Read more

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Missing molar for 4 years on the lower right jaw caused facial asymmetry. Can an implant restrore it? Do I need anything else? How much would it cost

Missing molar for 4 years on the lower right jaw caused facial asymmetry. Can an implant restrore it? Do I need anything else? How much would it cost

Doubtful: Doubtful that failing to replace 1 missing tooth would result in facial asymmetry. Possible, however, that other teeth have tipped and drifted into the missing-tooth site. You may need tooth realignment before implant/crown can be placed. See your Dentist for evaluation and comprehensive treatment plan, including cost estimate. ...Read more

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Can braces to fix a posterior crossbite potentially make your jaw alignment look worse/more asymmetrical face?

Should be better: braces can change the shape of your face, but it helps create symmetry not make things worse. If you have concerns with your treatment, go back and discuss with your orthodontist ...Read more

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Rhinoplasty before jaw surgery? I'm 23 and I want to get jaw surgery for my TMJ and asymmetrical face, but want to wait until I'm 25+ to get it. I'm planning to get rhinoplasty in a couple of weeks, but many have said to get your jaw surgery done first.

Rhinoplasty before jaw surgery? I'm 23 and I want to get jaw surgery for my TMJ and asymmetrical face, but want to wait until I'm 25+ to get it. I'm planning to get rhinoplasty in a couple of weeks, but many have said to get your jaw surgery done first.

As: As dr fleming stated, you would be better off having any surgery to your upper and lower jaws first, then the rhinoplasty.

Are you sure you need jaw surgery? Have you consulted with an oral surgeon? An orthodontist? It appears you may need a team to work with you to get things just right.
Consult with them first.

Hope this info helps. ...Read more