Migraines Specialist

Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics

Orthodontists located in Walnut Creek, CA

If you have migraines, you know they’re one of the most severe and long-lasting headaches you can experience. But you may not know that misalignments of your teeth and jaw can cause migraines. Dr. Bas Wafelbakker and Dr. Chris Anderson offer orthodontic procedures to relieve migraines, including a specialized method called multiloop edgewise archwire. Don’t suffer from migraine pain: Call Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics in Walnut Creek, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister, California, or book a consultation online.

Migraines Q & A

What is a migraine headache?

Migraines are one of the most painful headaches, causing a throbbing pain that lasts at least four hours and can persist up to six days.

These severe headaches are associated with genetics and your environment. You inherit a tendency to develop migraines, then triggers in your environment, such as stress, bright lights, and caffeine, cause brain activity that leads to a migraine.

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

Migraines often occur on one side of your head, but the pain can spread to both sides. You’ll also experience symptoms such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, smell, and touch
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness

About 15% of migraine sufferers also experience aura, which is a warning sign that a migraine is about to begin.

Aura symptoms arise from the nervous system, usually affecting your vision. You may have wavy vision or see flashes of light. You may also have a hard time talking or develop uncontrollable movements.

What is the connection between migraines and orthodontics?

Misalignment of your teeth and jaw can cause chronic headaches and migraines.

Misaligned teeth can throw your jaw out of place. On the flip side, a misaligned jaw leads to unnatural bite patterns. Both problems cause pain that radiates throughout your face and causes migraine headaches. Orthodontic treatments can correct these problems.

What orthodontic treatments help migraines?

Orthodontic treatments for targeting migraines depends on your age and the underlying problem. Some patients may benefit from braces to correct misalignment, while others may get some relief with a mouth guard or retainer.

The orthodontists at Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics have another solution: multiloop edgewise archwire (MEAW). If you’ve had migraines your whole life and tried every solution, but nothing works, this innovative treatment can help.

What is multiloop edgewise archwire?

MEAW is a nonsurgical technique that begins with standard braces, then adds elastic bands and looped archwires that are custom-made by Dr. Wafelbakker. This specialized device guides your teeth and jaw into a position that corrects misalignment, reduces the pressure, and relieves migraines.

If you suffer from migraines, please call Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics or book a consultation online to see if MEAW is a good option for you.