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TMJ Disorder and Orthodontic Treatment: How Braces Can Help

TMJ Disorder and Orthodontic Treatment: How Braces Can Help

TMJ Disorder and Orthodontic Treatment: How Braces Can Help

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is like most problems on the planet and affects numerous people worldwide. The disease attacks the TMJ, the joint that allows for the motion of the lower jaw and the surrounding muscles. Today there is a variety of treatment methods that consist of medication, therapy, and surgery. Many orthodontic techniques including braces may also help in reducing symptoms and provide overall jaw health. Keep reading to learn how.

How Braces Can Help

Braces and orthodontic treatment procedures are intended to deal with conditions where the dental arches or jaws do not align properly. A treatment with braces that will allow the teeth to be moved into the correct position can reduce the pressure on the jaw joint and will restore normal joint function. Below we examine how braces are specifically applied to treat TMJ Disorder patients.

1. Alignment Correction

By applying gentle, constant force braces are able to move the misaligned teeth into their right place. Braces work by fine-tuning the tooth and jaw positioning and distributing bite forces evenly such that the TMJ is not burdened with excess strain.

2. Bite Adjustment

Issues such as overbite, underbite, or openbite, put additional stress on the TMJ joint because displaced teeth cause a shift of the tooth positions. Brackets may even out bites, which will further make the teeth of the upper and lower jaws not come in and out, and in this way, the symptoms of TMJ will be reduced.

3. Teeth Grinding Prevention

TMJ Disorder is frequently linked to bruxism, or the grinding of teeth. Teeth misalignment can worsen bruxism and cause additional harm to the jaw joint and surrounding tissues. Braces can help lessen or completely eliminate the need for grinding, which can lessen pain and suffering associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

4. Stabilization of the Jaw

Braces do more than just straighten the teeth; they also provide support to the jaw in order for it to be in its ultimate position. This stabilization of the mandible prevents jaw shifting or locking and prolongs the movement of the jaw in its proper manner, which decreases the discomfort caused by TMJ Disorder.

The Orthodontic Treatment Process

If the TMJ disorder can be connected to dental malocclusion, the patient should get an orthodontist consultation. The initial procedure that the orthodontist would perform in diagnosis would be to perform an assessment on the alignment of the teeth and jaws as well as cases of gum and biting problems. They will then converse with the patient and develop an individual treatment plan.

For this orthodontic treatment, the first step, usually, is a detailed examination with an X-ray along with 3D scans of the teeth and jaws. The orthodontist will prescribe the type of braces after having found the most appropriate one after the case is examined.

The treatment period is going to be quite demanding for the patient, taking into considerationthe multiple visits to the doctor in order to adjust the braces and to follow progress. Be it minor or serious, and be it just the straightening of a few teeth or the whole set, orthodontic treatment with braces for some may take as short as six months, and for others, it can be over a couple of years.

Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Sid Solomon by calling Time To Smile at (310) 401-1614 if you believe that you or a loved one may have a TMJ condition. You and Mr. Solomon can go through your symptoms and determine the best course of action. The American Dental Association has authorized every one of our procedures and treatments for TMJ disorders. We use surface electromyography (SEMG), computer mandibular scanning (CMS), and sonography using K7 technology to determine the patient’s ideal bite.