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Old 06-15-2012, 03:55 AM   #4
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Re: Jaw hangs lower on one side/ is slanted

Its a structural problem stemming from the fact that your upper jaw is also slanting. The upper jaw is like a template which the lower has to adapt to in order to close into.
I know much more about all this stuff than I ever wanted to.
I'm now having my bite treated orthodontically, first both arches are being expanded side to side and front to back, later I will be getting unilateral elastics to lower the high side (left) and even everything out.
The front and side of the face are criss-crossed by muscles which move the jaw, if the jaw becomes malpositioned as in the case of a 'maxilliary cant' then those muscles on one side will start having to overcompensate, fatigue and eventually become painful.