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How to fix an uneven jaw with braces

November 8, 2022
How to fix an uneven jaw with braces

What is an uneven jaw? 

An uneven jaw is a condition where the jaw doesn’t align properly. If left untreated, it can affect function including chewing, eating and talking.  

There are a number of symptoms that can indicate an uneven jaw, such as pain or clicking in the jaw, needing to shift the jaw in unusual ways to be able to chew, tightness in the jaw and even pain in the shoulder or back. 

This can be caused by a range or factors and conditions like: 

  • Genetics: some people have a genetic cause for their uneven jaws or bite issues  
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders: disorders of the joint that connects the top and bottom the jaw (and allows movement of the jaw) 
  • Trauma: major trauma like a broken jaw can lead to an uneven jaw and bite 

Can braces fix an uneven jaw? 

In many cases, an uneven jaw can be fixed with braces or other orthodontic treatments. This may include braces, elastics or a combination of specialised appliances. Moving the teeth into their correct positions will allow your orthodontist to re-align your bite into a healthy position. More serious jaw conditions may require surgery as part of the treatment. Remember, for the right advice, always seek a professional opinion from a trusted, qualified orthodontist. 

Can clear aligners fix uneven jaw? 

Yes. Clear aligner treatments such as Invisalign®, Spark® and 3M Clarity – clear, removable alternatives to traditional braces – may help fix a misaligned jaw by gently guiding your teeth into a correct bite position. However, the best course of treatment for your condition will be determined by your orthodontist.  

Are there other ways to fix uneven jaw? 

There are a number of other ways to correct an uneven jaw, ranging from simple treatments to surgery.  

They include:  

  • Expansion appliances 
  • Functional appliances 
  • Splints or other plates 
  • Jaw surgery 

Some orthodontists may also recommend physical therapy or specialised exercises. An assessment with an orthodontist can help you to understand the type of treatment required and they may be able to refer you to other specialists (such as a surgeon) if needed. 

Do braces make your face uneven? 

No! Braces are designed to correct your teeth and jaw, including any misalignment. You may notice an overall change in the look or positioning of your teeth or mouth, but remember, this is to help the functionality of your jaw. 

Find an orthodontist near you 

An orthodontist will be able to tell you what type of malocclusion you’re experiencing and give you an accurate representation of the type of aesthetic transformation you can expect from your treatment. 

If you’re ready to begin your orthodontic journey, you can find an orthodontist near you using our finder tool to search the ASO database for registered specialist orthodontists in your area. 

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