Jaw Pain? Learn How Orthodontic Care May Help

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Most patients who seek orthodontic treatment do so because of crooked teeth or misaligned bites, known as “malocclusions”. But what about individuals who experience a popping or clicking sensation in their jaws or suffer from chronic jaw pain– could braces or Invisalign help?

TMJ is a chronic pain condition that occurs in the temporomandibular joint, which acts like a sliding hinge connecting the jawbone to the skull. The precise cause of TMJ pain can be difficult to determine as multiple factors including jaw injuries and stress may play a role. In some cases, self-care measures can help relieve this pain. For other patients, persistent jaw pain can severely compromise their quality of life. More»

Crooked Teeth: More Than “Just” a Cosmetic Problem

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Undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten and realign crooked teeth is commonly considered a cosmetic option focused on making a person’s teeth and smile appear more attractive and well-cared for. But the truth is, orthodontics is about a lot more than aesthetics; having braces can also help you enjoy healthier teeth and gums and ward off tooth decay, gum disease and even bite-related problems like temporomandibular joint disorder and chronic headaches. More»

Treating TMJ pain: how do splints work?

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When you suffer from TMJ pain, getting help to relieve the symptoms is almost always on your mind. Your orthodontist will be able to recommend some treatments specific to your particular situation, but in general, there are several ways that you’ll be able to minimize the pain you experience on a regular basis.

TMJ really stands for temporomandibular joint, and isn’t the name of the condition, but the name of the area where you’re feeling discomfort. TMJ disorders–the pain you feel–are commonly caused by a misalignment between your upper and lower jaws, impacting the muscles around it. The muscles become strained and that further contributes to your jaws travelling in the wrong path. But how can you get your jaws to realign and your muscles to relax?

A TMJ splint can help

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What Causes “TMJ”?

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TMJ is often used as a way to describe pain in the jaws, face or neck, but the term TMJ doesn’t refer to a disorder – it really means temporomandibular joints. It’s a misnomer when people say they have TMJ — everyone has temporomandibular joints! What most people really mean when they refer to TMJ is a variety of problems that are commonly associated with pain or discomfort in that area.
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