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Unalighned Jaw - Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

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Summary about Unaligned Jaw

The unaligned jaw is a condition that shows your upper jaw does not match your lower jaw. An unaligned jaw can cause your top or bottom row of teeth to mismatch when biting down, resulting in an underbite, overbite, or overjet. A misaligned jaw can cause problems with eating, sleeping, talking, and breathing. A variety of factors can cause an uneven jaw. Physical therapy can help treat and improve some cases.

Symptoms of Unaligned Jaw

The symptoms of the unaligned jaw are;

  • Pain and stiffness while chewing
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Problem with speech
  • Frequent self-biting
  • Changes in facial appearance
  • Migraine and other headaches
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose or deteriorating dental purpose
  • Tight jaw
  • Pain in jaws

Causes of Unaligned Jaw

The unaligned jaw is caused by;

  • Injury or trauma
  • Broken jaw
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Teeth alignment
  • Developmental problems


The treatment options for unaligned jaw are;

  • Surgical procedures like Maxillary osteotomy to correct the upper jaw, Mandibular osteotomy to correct the lower jaw, or genioplasty 
  • Jaw wiring to position the jaw at a certain position
  • Braces and veneers to correct teeth position
  • Headgear braces
  • Replacement of rear teeth

Preventive Measures of Unaligned Jaw

You cannot prevent the congenital and genetic reasons of an unaligned jaw. But to avoid an unaligned jaw, you can avoid the following factors that lead to misaligned teeth;

  • Constant pressure on teeth like overuse of pacifiers
  • Thumb sucking 
  • Head injury