Most facial pains, headaches and migraines are caused by faulty jaw alignment causing malfunction of the jaw joint (TMJ) and the muscles of the face and neck. This is where our diagnosis and treatment begin to resolve these issues for our patients permanently without the use of drugs and medication.


The pain is felt in the forehead, the head, the temples, behind the eyes, in the neck, shoulders. These pains can be referred to the teeth, causing  phantom toothaches. There is also a  degree of anxiety or depression associated with it. The head is usually positioned in forward position, causing an imbalance in the whole skeleton and thus a cascading effect through the whole body.

There are many causes of these pains, so differential diagnosis is most important. However, most people who come to our practice for treatment have spent many years seeing doctors, neurologists, chiropractors, naturopath’s, Osteopaths and other health practitioners, spending a lot of time and money and getting little relief because the real cause is not being treated.

The cause is usually incorrect jaw alignment which in turn is basically caused by the lack of size and shape of the upper jaw. Think correct size and shape can be caused by previous orthodontic treatment, and the way we swallow and breathe. The effect is to push the jaw joint back in its socket in the head, causing inflammation of the joint and spasm in the surrounding muscles. The nerves and muscles of the neck and shoulders are often concurrently affected. The end result is clicks, pain anywhere in the head and behind the eyes, tinnittus and stuffy years, inability to sleep, neck and shoulder pain and lower back pain. Mentally, as anxiety, depression and intolerance.

At the initial consultation there is an in-depth clinical consultation and examination and recording. A 3D xray is taken to assess the anatomy of the jaw joint (TMJ). If possible a patient self- assessment form is filled before this appointment.

If it is assessed that headaches or migraines have any likely relation to dental or jaw relationships, then a second appointment is advised where a treatment plan is presented explaining the causal relationships and how they can be treated. An outline of possible treatments is presented and the relative quotations for the services.

If it is decided to go ahead with treatment, this then usually requires impressions and photos to be taken. Most treatments are conducted over a 3 month period of wearing an upper appliance at night and a lower appliance during the day. Most patients experience a significant improvement within the first month, but healing of the tissue of the joint takes about 3 months.

An assessment is made after 3 months. Depending on the initial cause you may be able to maintain freedom from symptoms just by wearing the night time appliance of for more complex situations orthodontic development may be needed to stabilise the TMJ. This can be done at any age

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