There are many daily factors that contribute to chronic neck pain. Having a misaligned bite can cause TMJ or TMD. Neck pain is a symptom of TMJ/TMD. A misaligned bite causes an improper relationship between the jaw and skull. Thus, unnecessary stress is put upon your bones, muscles, joints and nerves in your neck, shoulders, and back. Contrary to popular belief, TMJ/TMD is not limited to your face or mouth. Because there are so many life factors that can contribute to neck pain, few connect the dots between a “bad bite” and neck pain. You should consult an orthodontist right away. You may have TMJ/TMD. An orthodontist can treat your TMJ/TMD by correcting your bite and alleviating the stress on your neck, shoulders, and back.

 

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