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Orthodontics Ask The Dentist - Edward Leventhal Question:
I am 36 yrs old and have had my braces on for 12 months. I am having an overbite and an overjet fixed, my teeth are now straight and I am currently using elastics to bring the lower jaw forward. Since the day after I have had my braces put on I have been experiencing lightheadedness. It has stayed the full year in varying intensity.

I had a severe inner ear infection about 4 months prior to having the baces put on but all of my symptoms and vertigo had cleared up before I put the braces on. I am wondering if there could be a direct connection between the braces and the lightheadedness. I do have lots of jaw, neck and tight head pain (a band around the back of my head is always tight, not exactly a 'headache') Do you think there is a correlation there? ...Louise

Louise, there are no correlations that I know of between lightheadedness and braces. Please discuss your concerns with your orthodontist regarding your jaw neck and head pain so those issues can be addressed.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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