Plastic Orthotic Helps Teeth That Don’t Fit
If a person happens to be born with one leg infinitely shorter than the other leg, there are options to correct that problem. For example, they can have special-made footwear that help balance out the gate and as a result, it fools the body and the brain into believing everything is even. While it can be noticeable obvious when the length of your legs don’t match up, the same can’t be said for the teeth. What is interesting, however, is each of those problems can be treated with the use of an orthotic.
Based on a recent search on the Internet, the intent of an orthotic is to mechanically balance a pathological condition. When you closely exam the picture of the mouth, its obvious the left side is open more than the right side. This is the same situation when one leg is longer or shorter than the other. When this person bites down to chew or they clinch their teeth, you can imagine all the stress and strain that occurs. The right side of the mouth would hit down first and to get the left side to close, you can imagine the contorted ways the muscles must pull the jaw in order for that to happen.
The reality of this situation is this repeated action in the jaw destroys teeth and jaw joints, and it can be the cause of headaches, ear problems and neck aches.
If you look closely at the picture, you can see a plastic orthotic placed between the teeth. This particular orthotic is thicker on the left side, so when this individual bites down into the plastic, their teeth, muscles, jaw joint and brain are tricked into thinking everything is even; just as the orthotic does for the foot.
Because of this action, the body is brought back into balance and everything starts to relax. As a result, teeth are less likely to be destroyed, joints are relieved of pressure – helping the ears to clear, the joints are instantly more stable and muscles can start to relax. In a lot of instances, painful, persistent tension headaches will also disappear.
The main challenge facing the dentist is to determine exactly where that balanced state is; to find out where the jaw wants to be. There are varying thoughts in the profession regarding where that position should be. You can find out more about this form of dental practice by watching this video: