Please help! I'm a 17 year old girl and I have an overbite, when I was 13 we were looking to correct it with braces but couldn't afford it. Now as I'm older, I've gone to an orthodontist who has told me I would need jaw surgery to fix it. We went to a very highly regarded dentist in the city who has said she can straighten and widen my teeth with Invisalign or can use neuromuscular dentistry to fix my bite, which really doesn't bother me in the first place I just want my teeth straighter. Help!
Invisalign Vs Neuromuscular Braces?
Doctor Answers 2
There is really no such thing as neuromuscular dentistry! This is one of those "holistic" terms that some doctors throw around.
I would be very careful about a general dentist who tells you that he can fix your problem without surgery when an orthodontist is telling you that you need surgery for an ideal result....DO NOTHING before you get at least two more opinions from qualified orthodontist...you risk a lot with an incorrect treatment!
Orthodontics and Neuromuscular Dentistry
I agree with Dr. Waxler that you should be careful who you choose to perform your orthodontic treatment. It is difficult to comment on surgery vs. no surgery without seeing you and gathering records such as models, photos, proper pre-treatment diagnostic radiographs etc.
I must though respectfully disagree with Dr. Waxler's assessment of Neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is not "one of those holistic terms that some doctors throw around". It is an approach to the bite/jaw alignment which is based in science and can be measured. Again if you are looking into the Neuromuscular approach to your treatment be sure to seek out a practitioner who is well versed in the approach and has studied this extensively. In my experience the neuromuscular approach can benefit the airway, total body alignment and health, and long term stability and comfort of your final result.
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