Kitty came to the office seeking minor corrections to her already pretty smile. However, in her initial consult she described frequent debilitating headaches, neck pain, sensitive teeth, clenching and grinding – all symptoms consistent with Temporomandibular Disorder (DMD). Our exam revealed fractured and worn teeth. After taking exacting measurements, Dr. Rye concluded that Kitty’s bite was collapsing, and her facial profile was shrinking in the lower third of her face. Using computer analysis, we constructed a custom, fixed temporary orthotic for her, designed to get her symptom-free without performing any irreversible procedures on her teeth or jaw.
After a few months of wearing the orthotic without pain, clenching or grinding, Kitty decided to make a permanent change in her teeth that allowed us to correct her bite problems instantly. Dr. Rye placed 28 beautiful all- porcelain crowns and veneers. Now the lower third of her face is in the perfect proportion for her. Kitty remains pain free and is thrilled with her full and natural new smile.
“It has been a win-win situation to lose the headaches and get the nice smile. I love Dr. Rye, and my smile!”