Nothing gives away your age more than your smile. When a bad bite is thrown into the equation, the wear and tear on your teeth can radically impact the appearance of your face.
Suddenly you start to see your lips changing shape. Wrinkles and creases form and deepen on the sides of your nose and mouth. Your lower lip starts to roll out and jowls begin to appear. You hardly recognize the ‘new you’.
A poorly aligned jaw creates deterioration of your teeth, causing them to look chipped and worn. You may begin to see areas of gum recession. Your bottom front teeth may begin to shift and look crooked.
It’s a domino effect…
In addition to some obvious cosmetic alterations to your face and teeth, a misaligned jaw contributes to a number of physical changes. When a bite is unbalanced, your muscle tension and activity are unbalanced. This can affect your entire posture.
It starts with a ‘pull’ on your head, which ‘pulls’ your posture, making it look as though you are slouching. The domino effect is cascading down your entire body it can influence the positioning of your shoulder and your hips. So much so, that one shoulder or hip is visibly higher than the other.
Are you hiding your mouth/face behind your hands? Showing your face to the world should be something you take great pride in. Taking care of your jaw alignment problems not only improves the function of your mouth, it improves your looks and erases obvious signs of aging. From filling in the gaps to providing you with the next steps, the choice is all yours.
Did you know that with just a small piece of plastic (TMJ orthotic), placed on your lower teeth, we can not only restore your proper bite but can help to turn back the hands of time, possibly giving you a more youthful looking face and jaw.