There are many people who have questions about whether having braces on is going to cause them dizziness. This could be a possibility in some folks as the braces are tightened around your jaw, this might push the bones against nerves which might result in some kind of discomfort and dizziness.

The thumb rule is to take notice of when you feel dizzy and note it down. If after a day or so of having your braces on and the dizziness has still not disappeared, then you do need to go to your dentist and tell them about your concern.

At the same time, it is certainly not the case that once you have braces on, you are bound to feel dizzy. The braces need time to adjust to your teeth and therein you might feel mild levels of dizziness or discomfort. Once you get accustomed to having the braces on, you should notice the discomfort as well as the dizziness disappear on its own.

In fact, if you look at it the other way round, there are several times when TMJ and the associated dizzy spells that are linked with it can be diminished right away using braces. The use of braces can not only go on to help teenagers but adults as well in not only getting their teeth aligned and in place but also be able to ensure that they don’t have to suffer from any kind of dizzy spells whatsoever.

However, the perception that still exists with adults is that braces are not possible to cure dizziness and it is only meant for teens or young adults. Rather, if you are faced with the concern of dizziness then a good idea is to go ahead and consult with your orthodontist.

The other reason why you might go ahead and use braces to cure dizziness is in the form of bruxing. There are several patients who have this habit of clinching and grinding their teeth. This might seem to be a harmless thing to do every time that you are stressed but actually it might be the underlying cause beneath headaches and dizziness. All of this can result in TMJ.

However, when you are able to correct the bite with the help of braces you will no longer be left grappling with these kinds of problems. The main thing with teeth is the space that they have to grow and if that is not there then everything can go out of sync. The moment you feel that there is a problem with your teeth, the best thing is to have it addressed right away. With dizziness, the moment you have on braces and your teeth begin to get into a straight line, you won’t have the kind of concerns that you might otherwise face. It can be so very frustrating to face dizzy spells and not be able to be active. The help of the right orthodontist can make it a thing of the past.

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  • Susannah

    Susannah 11 - November - 2013, at 21:33 PM

  • I would like to correct a misconception in this article based on an error in terminology. "All of this can result in TMJ." Everyone has a TMJ (temporomandibular joint); otherwise, you would not be able to talk and eat. What you mean to say is TMD or TMJ disorders/disfunction. I had to have braces after a failed splint therapy left me with a seriously open bite. I had braces as a teen, but they were taken off too soon. My jaw grew and my teeth crowded. I experience dizziness anyway because I do brux and I have TMD. Braces aren't a cure for TMD, nor does it make dizziness go away. Probably AFTER these are off my teeth, I will feel some relief. There will not be any more adjustments at that point, so that is the goal. For now, I have to learn how to live with the pain and dizziness that comes after each adjustment. That's a reality that comes with braces, but it is better that I now have top and bottom teeth touching. Please change the terminology to reflect what dentists and orthodontists call the condition you refer to in this piece: TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder/disfunction). Thanks!

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