My own smile journey started with a typical front tooth fracture at the primary school playground. As the fractured piece shattered to the ground so did my confidence. During my teens I started clenching my jaw and was unable to bite into apples or enjoy chewy mints. Nightguards provided only slight relief. Most of my early adult life I suffered headaches and later developed ringing in the ears. The root cause in my particular case was not easy to identify until I went to study occlusion in much greater detail at ‘Spear Education’ and the ‘Kois Center’ for advanced dental education.
I experienced considerable relief while in a diagnostic Kois deprogrammer followed by equilibration. But to prevent further tooth wear in my case, the way my teeth fitted together needed to be altered. My treatment options were either to do nothing and endure more damage OR change to a therapeutic bite with either a full mouth of crowns OR orthodontics. I chose ‘clear aligner therapy’ using Invisalign® for a holistic outcome.
Hindsight can be a gift to learn from our experience to then help others. A thorough risk assessment protocol provides an early diagnosis with minimalistic solutions to help prevent tooth wear and irreversible jaw joint damage later on in life. My own smile journey has led me to this passion and determination to help screen, prevent and treat your underlying smile and bite issues.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you along your smile journey.