Failed Orthodontics and TMJ Treatment
||After — Case 2
The above Cases are almost identical. Both of these patients presented to our office for second opinions. Their complaints were simple: they had been wearing braces for over 7 years. The treatment was being performed by the dentist at the local mall (name withheld for privacy). They were unhappy with the ridiculous time frame of the treatment. They also complained of jaw pain and worsening headaches. Both patients just wanted their braces removed, giving up hope that anybody else could get them out of this mess.
Our orthodontic analysis concluded that there was a significant overbite. In both cases there was a combination of the upper jaw being too large and the lower jaw being too small (while displaced in a backward position).
The current orthodontic treatment was beyond ridiculous. Elastics were being used incorrectly, brackets were placed upside down, and incorrect wires were placed. We could not believe that a dentist had actually ever looked at her treatment. We wondered how such care could be provided in today’s health care.
Both treatments started with replacing brackets, utilizing head activated wires, and stabilizing the jaw position. Proper elastics and mechanics of treatment were used in order to promote lower jaw growth, while reducing the size of the upper jaw to a more normal position. Over 4 mm of lower jaw growth (in case 1) and 5 mm (in case 2) was required in order to correct the overbite and stabilize the jaw joints. Immediate relief of the headaches was accomplished. The cases were completed in 14 months, not 7 years!
The patient in Case 1 was deployed to Iraq within weeks of finishing her treatment and she was grateful that we could professionally provide the care that she had already paid the mall dentist for.
In her own words: “Thanks a million for getting me out of this mess. I can’t believe how the previous dentist messed me up and you fixed me so quickly. I look great and finally got the smile I wanted.”
The patient in Case 2 stated: “I never knew you could fix an overbite. Nobody ever offered me such options. Not only that, but I don’t have headaches any more since you fixed my mouth. Unbelievable!”