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    Treating Jaw Joint Pain

    shutterstock_324033263Many patients suffer from joint and muscle pain. Dr. Pappas has spent over 20 years of his career learning and perfecting ways to help alleviate this pain. Using a combination of neuromuscular dentistry and centric relation dentistry, Dr. Pappas helps patients achieve a better bite and, in turn, decreases their discomfort and TMJ-related pain.   Neuromuscular Dentistry The neuromuscular treatment philosophy is all about balance. It’s about finding a perfect resting position of the jaw to create a balanced bite. Using a series of measurement tools such as sonography, electromyography, jaw tracking and TENS, Dr. Pappas can establish the optimum position of the jaw and plan treatment options that can help you achieve and maintain that position. Centric Relation Dentistry Centric relation has had many definitions since its debut in the 1930s. What has been consistent, however, is that centric relation is about the ideal jaw position that creates a comfortable...
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    Mail Order Teeth Straighteners

    DIYThe first thing that comes to mind when many people think of orthodontic treatment is cost. This concern has teen and adults looking for ways to fix their crooked smiles themselves in alarming ways. Videos that have gone viral with millions of views show teens teaching other teens how to use rubber bands and hair ties to force teeth closer together and close gaps. Companies online are catering to this dangerous trend by offering heavy duty elastic bands marketed just for moving teeth. A quick search for "DIY braces gone wrong" turns up gut wrenching photos of teeth hanging on by a thread or lost completely. The bands can easily slip off teeth up into the gum line where it eventually cuts off circulation to the tooth or teeth it was supposedly fixing. Another product on the market is do-it-yourself clear braces that try to market themselves like Invisalign but without...
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