put an end to migraines

put an end to migrainesMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Nothing can disrupt your daily quality of life like chronic pain. For people with regular migraine headaches, not only is the pain debilitating but it usually is not observable or detectable by others. Consequently, sometimes others doubt whether the cause of the pain such as a migraine actually exists.

Despite the advances in medical science, determining what causes a migraine headache can remain out of reach. If you have been suffering from migraines on a regular basis for years but long-lasting relief has been impossible to find, then temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) could be the cause. 

How can TMJ cause migraines or headaches of migraine-like intensity? The temporomandibular joint is located in proximity to the trigeminal nerve. No other neural pathway in the body carries more input to the brain than the trigeminal nerve. When the temporomandibular joint is in dysfunction, it can affect the trigeminal nerve in the form of powerful headaches. The typical migraine remedies just mask the intensity of the headaches, but yet the migraines keep coming back.

If there is a physical cause for your migraine headaches, a neuromuscular dentist is the best trained medical professional to diagnose TMJ and also treat its symptoms and the pain it causes. Correcting TMJ involves resolving any alignment issues of the bite and jaw, which if left untreated can affect the muscles of the head and neck while also causing misalignments of the neck and spine.

If you have been suffering from chronic migraines without any lasting relief, then it is important to determine the cause. Discovering if there is a physical problem creating the headaches allows the possibility to correct the problem and create a pain-free future for the patient.

Why live with the pain of chronic migraines any longer? Miami Designer Smiles has the expertise in neuromuscular dentistry to help. Just call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment.

Miami Designer Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

how can i fix my bad bite

how can i fix my bad biteMiami and Coral Gables, FL

A bad bite is characterized when your jaw is uneven. Teeth may jet forward, causing an overbite or the lower jaw may excessively protrude causing an under bite.

Aesthetics is not the only concern when it comes to a bad bite. Your mouth is designed to work as a unit. Even a slightly uneven bite can cause dental problems. Some patients may be unaware of their uneven bite but ignoring the problem is not ideal. A bad bite can cause problems with your bones and nerves of the jaw, head, and neck, as well as cosmetic and functional issues.

Symptoms of a bad bite include chipped, fractured, or broken teeth, pain in your teeth, jaw, head, or neck, headaches, muscle spasms, or worn down teeth. If a bad bite is left untreated, it can even lead to tooth loss, interfere with swallowing, cause premature aging, and damage or deteriorate the jaw joint. The pain some patients experience from their bad bite can be so severe that it interferes with their lives. 

The cause of a bad bite varies for each patient. Common causes include natural anatomy, missing teeth, trauma or injury to the face, or by tongue thrust, which is an oral myofacial disorder. Tongue thrust means your mouth muscles, including your tongue, are not resting in their proper position. As the tongue continues applying force and pressure to the backs of your teeth, your teeth begin to shift, causing an uneven bite.

What is a patient to do if they have a bad bite? Luckily, we offer options that not only get rid of your pain or discomfort but also correct what is causing your bad bite. Some patients simply benefit from restorative dentistry as means of replacing their missing teeth, while others may require more extensive repair, such as orthodontics.

For patients suffering from tongue thrust, oral myofacial therapy has proven to be beneficial. Oral myofacial therapy is essentially physical therapy for your mouth, in which we use various muscle exercises to retrain how your tongue moves and rests. Patients with no teeth at all can also suffer from a bad bite. When all their teeth are missing their bite collapses. If this is the case for you, we can design new dentures for you that focus on the neuromuscular aspect of your bite.

At Miami Designer Smiles, we offer a variety of treatments to help alleviate your symptoms and the cause of your bad bite. We encourage you not to ignore this issue, as it leads to irreversible damage to your oral health and even affect your overall health as well. To schedule a consultation, contact Miami Designer Smiles today. We welcome patients of Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

want a better nights sleep

want a better nights sleepMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Sleep is required for optimal health; it allows the brain to restore and rejuvenate. Without quality sleep, you increase your risk of accidents, both on the job and operating a vehicle, compromise your immune system, and increase your risk of developing other health-related issues. If you are longing for a restful night’s sleep, follow these tips.

Keep the room cool

Be sure not to have the thermostat too high when you sleep because that is when your internal temperature drops. Research indicates that this drop in temperature even induces sleep.

Keep out the light

Even an alarm clock or nightlight is enough light to interfere with your circadian clock and disrupt sleep. Make sure you have curtains or shades on your windows that block outside light. If you must have a light on for safety, to see going to the bathroom and such, wear an eye mask over your eyes while you sleep.

No electronic devices in the bedroom

Instead of falling asleep with the TV on, or looking at your phone, keep these entertainment devices out of the bedroom. The light emitted from these screens disrupts sleep, and can end up keeping you awake for a longer period.

Avoid stimulants too close to bedtime

Wine, coffee, and even chocolate can interfere with your ability to sleep well. Instead, drink warm unsweetened almond milk with a small amount of stevia and vanilla (the real deal, not imitation), which helps increase serotonin production and facilitate restful sleep.

Skip the naps

Napping too often for too long will disrupt your natural sleeping pattern. Instead, try to push through until bedtime and establish a sleep routine. Stick to going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. If you must take a nap, make it no longer than 20 minutes, and not too close to bedtime.

Exercise regularly

Daily exercise is beneficial for insomnia. Just be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime or you could risk not being able to fall asleep on time.

Don’t toss and turn

If you find that you are not able to fall asleep when bedtime arrives, do not just lay there tossing and turning. Instead, move to a different room to read or relax in another fashion. Eventually, you will feel tired again and want to fall asleep.

For more information about sleep disorders, contact Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

child sleep breathing disorder

child sleep breathing disorderMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Have you ever looked at your child and noticed them breathing through their mouth even when they were not sick or congested? If you have, keep reading. Mouth breathing can have devastating effects on one’s health and development. Luckily, there is a solution to this health concern.

Chronic mouth breathing can lead to concerns such as sleep apnea, and interferes with speech development, and leads to problems chewing and swallowing. In fact, when mouth breathing begins early in life, a child’s looks can be completely altered. Ever noticed someone who’s lips are pursed when they close their mouth to swallow? How about someone who looked as though their upper front teeth protruded significantly forward, giving the appearance of “buck teeth?” Both of these are characteristics of a mouth breather.

Not so caught up on looks? Although you may not be all too worried about your child’s looks, how about their health? Mouth breathing leads to improper positioning of the tongue, resulting in a narrow upper palate. In this case, the person is likely to develop sleep-breathing disorders such as sleep apnea. A narrow upper palate can also lead to overcrowded teeth, an uneven bite, and TMJ disorder. So, when it comes to mouth breathing, it certainly has to do with more than just looks.

Correcting mouth breathing may be easier than you think. Myofunctional therapy is essentially physical therapy for the mouth and facial muscles. Re-educating these muscles, and improving posture and muscle tone encourages nasal breathing, which is by far healthier for the patient. When a patient receives myofunctional therapy, the exercises are specific to his or her needs and are outlined in an individualized treatment plan.  

Tackling the mouth breathing issue early on is best. However, even adults can benefit from myofunctional therapy. If you notice your child is a chronic mouth breather, please schedule a consultation with Miami Designer Smiles. Our certified myofunctional therapist can get your child down the road to a healthier life.

To schedule a consultation, please call Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616. We welcome patients in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.

permanent denturesMiami and Coral Gables, FL

If you are a denture wearer, you probably deal with loose fitting dentures, which makes eating and speaking difficult. When deciding whether to get removable or permanent dentures, often patients are not sure how to weigh their options. Here is a look at the difference between the two, which may help you make a decision on which type of denture is best for you.

Miami Designer Smiles offers permanent dentures that not only provide you with a comfortable fit, but you can eat better than before! Just because the word “dentures” is in the name, do not let that fool you. Permanent dentures will help give you back your life.

Removable dentures have been the go-to solution for many patients who are missing all their teeth. The problem with removable dentures is that they often do not fit well right from the start. Removable dentures are not as durable, nor do they last as long as permanent dentures. Traditional dentures that are removable also need to be remade every few years or so, to ensure the most comfortable fit.

Other downsides to removable dentures are a restricted diet. Certain foods such as taffy, or other chewy candy, nuts, tough meat like steak, and popcorn, are simply difficult to eat with removable dentures. Plus, you could damage your dentures.

Permanent dentures are far superior, and you can eat any foods that you want. Permanent dentures are anchored to dental implants that serve as roots in your jawbone. Since the permanent denture is attached to the implant, you never have to worry about loose teeth or an embarrassing smile again. You can smile, talk, and eat with ease, when you are wearing permanent dentures.

If you would like to know more about the benefits of permanent dentures, and whether they are right for you, contact Miami Designer Smiles today. We welcome patients of Coral Gables and Miami, Florida.