Snoring is both a good and a bad sign–it tells you of health issues you need to address. Unfortunately, it is something you cannot control. Stopping your snores will seem like stopping breathing altogether.
Whilst it is an involuntary reaction, there are ways to reduce if not eliminate the snores and other sleeping problems. One way to achieve that is by fixing your teeth. Understanding the relationship between teeth and snoring will give you an idea about the importance of having a good bite.
Bad teeth and snoring – what is the link?
Your snores may indicate that you have excessive overbite, a protrusion of the upper set of teeth over the lower. The bad bite pushes the jaw backwards, pinching the airway. The snoring sounds follow as the crowded throat tissues vibrate against each other. In worst cases, the crooked teeth interrupt your normal breathing as the air’s passageway is blocked completely, a disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea.
Certain factors further contribute to sleeping disorders for people with overbite. Obesity, aging, spirits or sedatives may produce more sounds during sleep. Studies and experience tell us that people who drink alcohol on a regular basis before bedtime are more likely to snore.
Your overbite may escalate to other problems, such as increasing your risk of developing high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack, and irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation. It is important to treat your bad bite early to prevent these issues.
Solving the snoring problem
Treatments vary depending on the severity of the bite and the snoring. Some dentists use mandibular advancement devices that hold the lower jaw slightly forward to prevent snoring. It helps you to breathe without sound, but it does not fix the overbite effectively. Apart from MAD, dentists use retainers or braces to align teeth. For extreme cases, surgery is the best but last option. Doctors strongly recommend a change of lifestyle for those with bad habits, as well.
The best way to stop your snores is by seeking advice from a specialist to know which treatment suits you. Orthodontists in Milton Keynes provide high quality dental treatments to correct your bite. We help keep your teeth straight to improve the appearance of your smile. Contact us for more information on orthodontics in Milton Keynes.