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Crooked jaw/popping
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Crooked jaw/popping

When I smile in pictures you can tell that my jaw alignment is off. I get constant popping when eating,yawning, and so on. I wore braces when I was younger, and I have noticed that my teeth have moved a little bit over the years. My first instinct is telling me I may need to wear braces again. I want to fix the cosmetic part of my issue of my crooked jaw, but I also want to treat my jaw alignment so other problems besides the popping and occasional headaches don't get worse. Do I start with a bite plate through a dentist or go to an orthodontist? My regular dentist told me that she can tell when I speak, that my lower jaw deviates to the left....any suggestions?
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The first place to start is with a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who performs orthognathic (jaw corrrective) surgery.

An examination combined with some simple radiographs should be able to determine exactly where the problem is.  After the correct diagnosis is made, the surgeon will be able to develop a treatment plan which would probably include orthodontics (braces).

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies
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