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Braces Cause Headaches
I just got braces and now I'm having neck pain and headaches. Is this caused by my braces and is this normal? What can I do to relieve the pain?
I've got braces for 2.5yrs. I'm getting headaches (flash/persistent), sometimes vertigo (few secs). I got MRI (jaw): the braces caused black images.
Be sure of cause: If you normally never had headaches in the past and headaches only occur whilie wearing braces, only then it can be said with some confidence that headaches are due to braces which may not be properly fitting. However, if you get even mild headaches at other times or before braces also then most common cause is migraines. ...Read more
My daughter has to wear elastics with braces at nightand it gives her a big headache on her left side of her head. How long does it last? Is it normal
No guarantees: Balancing your occlusion means less muscle imbalance, less occlusal interferences, less MFP (Myofacial Pain Dysfunction Syndrome). However, there are people with ideal jaw relationships a textbook conclusion that have chronic headache problems. Don't expect miracles from any form of healthcare treatment. ...Read more
I've been getting headaches and was diagnosed with gingivitis recently, I don't know if it is because of my braces or something else?
16, female, been having horrible headaches — pressure/stabbing for 5 months, also some double vision and a lot of anxiety — braces/glasses no help?
Other symptoms: More information on your symptoms and how your headaches have responded to things such as medications, rest, and other things such as ringing in the ears, double vision, burning/tingling sensations would be helpful. Do you take any vitamins on a regular basis such as Vitamin A, multivitamins, use retinol or derivatives? If you'd like you may write to me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more
I have a half chipped tooth. My dentist told me to use braces but I couldn't afford it. I get a lot of headaches sometimes. I've had it since I was 12?
Different issues: My guess would be that you have three separate issues although it is possible they are related. The chipped tooth can be fixed with composite bonding, a laminate or crown. Crooked teeth can be fixed with orthodontics. The headache may not be related to either. Speak to you physician regarding the headaches. At least get the chipped tooth fixed. Ortho can be done later in life if finances improve. ...Read more
I get a tension headache everyday I think it's because I have braces and I'm anxious so I bite down on my teeth how do I get it to stop?
Dysport/Botox: Injected into your masseter muscles can REALLY help with grinding your teeth, and it lasts for at least 3-4 months. Only one injection needed on each side (usually between $50-$80 per treatment. ...Read more
Been diagnosed w moderate TMJ w headaches, neck pain, numbness etc — 4 stage treatment suggested 1- bottom retainer for aligning jaw, 2- Max Growth appliance, 3- braces, 4- retainer. THis sound like correct approach? Anything else I should ask?
Yes: Ask yourself based upon your entire past dental history if this makes sense to you and if you trust the dentist who is advising this course of treatment. Is he/she highly recommended and is someone who has extensive experience and training treating patients with TMD/TMJ dysfunction? If yes may be a reasonable approach. If not why net get a second opinion before making your decision. ...Read more
I have a 10mm overbite. Should I look into jaw surgery? I've had braces for 5 years and they've taken teeth out because over overcrowding. My orthodonist tells me I need to look into jaw surgery because I've taked to him about severe headaches and jaw pa
The : The basic tenant of orthodontics is that you can only move teeth where there is bone, and that if you move teeth to far, the action of the lips, cheeks and tongue will act to cause the teeth to shift after orthodontics is completed. Without complete clinical and radiographic records I cannot comment on your specific case, but if you truly have a 10mm of overbite (classically called a deep bite) it may indicate that you may benefit from an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to see if you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. ...Read more
Ten mnths of severe headache neck jaw & ear pain. Ortho gave me a splint, helped immediately. 2 weeks into getting braces pain got worse. What do I do?
Have braces. Facial asymmetry prevails. When I open my mouth it opens in an arc manner.wisdom teeth not removed.headaches dizziness. Pain behind eyes?
Qualified: Braces alone will not resolve facial asymmetry. You describe a set of problems that suggests that you need the help of Specialists including an Orthodontist (not a General Dentist who does braces part-time), an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, and a Dentist with additional training in managing TMJ Dysfunction. ...Read more
Have persistent cervicogenic headaches. Dx with bone spurs c2-c5. Wearing neck brace for 2-3 hrs/day for relief. Is this ok? Prefer to avoid meds.
Tension headaches?: Cervical bone spurs do not cause pain in and of themselves. Many patients with spurs don't have any symptoms. There is little to no correlation, for the most part, between cervical x-ray findings and the presence or absence of symptoms. It's quite likely that your headaches may be from another cause, such as tension or stress headaches. See http://bit.ly/1v0GgZh http://bit.ly/1t1LbhG ...Read more
Lots of ways: 1) take 1-2 200mg advil/motrin? Ibuprofen 4x/day wi food or lots of liquids. 2)rinse 3x/day w 1tsp salt in 8oz warm water, swish ; spit out. 3) ask your orthodontic specialist for orthodontic wax to caver "stickers." 4) dab orabase-b onto sore spots w q-tip. 5) make sure mouth is immaculately clean. 6) eat a soft high-protein diet to aid rebuilding. Ask orthodontist for suggestions. ...Read more
Bacteria: Braces (ceramic or metal) do not stain teeth. Food and/or chromogenic (pigment producing) bacteria can stain the teeth next to the braces. Good oral hygiene and regular professional care will remove these surface stains. Bacteria+sugar=acids can permanently scar the teeh next to the braces, requiring fillings when braces come off. Excellent hygiene prevents acid build-up, prevents scars. ...Read more
Yes: Microabrasion is exactly what it implies--microscopically abrading away tooth structure--specifically enamal. If that tooth structure is stained by decalcification and is shallow, microabrasion can remove or greatly reduce the stain. Deeper decalcifications may require fillings to cover the abraded areas if the stains are deep. ...Read more
If you are having a difficult time maintaining well, then, you could develop swelling due to gum line irritation, trapped food particles, plaque and tartar build up.
It is very important that patients with braces, become meticulous maintainers. The use of electric toothbrush and irrigator (waterpik) are especially beneficial.
Gumline problems and extensive decay can occur. ...Read more
It's hard to say.: Prognathism is very difficult to successfully treat with just braces, even over a 6-year period. Prolonged elastic wear might push your lower jaw back, thereby putting pressure on the tm joint. Whether this can be a cause of temporal madibular joint disorder is open for debate. ...Read more