Ft. Worth Orthodontist Answers: Can Clear Braces Relieve TMJ Pain?

woman smiling and looking upThere are myriad benefits to straightening crooked teeth, not the least of which is the improved confidence that can come with a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean with an adequate hygiene routine, and in some cases, correcting the alignment of your teeth can help relieve chronic craniofacial aches and pains related to malocclusion and TMJ disorder. Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, explains how clear braces can help relieve TMJ pain by making orthodontic treatment more appealing to older teens and adults.

Occlusion and TMJ Disorder

Straight teeth are designed to do more than look pretty; their proper alignment distributes the pressure of your bite evenly, allowing your stronger back teeth (molars) to take the brunt of the pressure and minimizing the impact throughout your teeth and gums. When your teeth don’t line up correctly, the imbalance can excessively wear down certain teeth and place excessive stress on your jaw’s joints, or TMJs. The undue strain can damage your TMJs and the muscles that surround them, leading to intense and widespread discomfort, known as TMJ disorder.

The Beauty of Discretion                       

Knowing that straight teeth are imperative to your smile’s proper function may not make the thought of wearing metal braces easier to bear, especially if confidence is an important part of your professional life. By removing metal brackets and wires from the equation, Invisalign clear braces reinvent the approach to straightening teeth by utilizing a series of progressive aligners. Made from clear acrylic, the aligners are virtually undetectable, and since they’re removable, you don’t have to alter your daily eating and hygiene habits. Unless, of course, your habits need some improvement for your dental health’s sake. By allowing you to straighten your smile discretely, clear braces can help you relieve the issues related to crooked teeth, including TMJ disorder, without sacrificing your smile’s confidence in the process.

Learn More About Clear Braces from Your Ft. Worth Orthodontist

To learn more about malocclusion, TMJ disorder, and the advantages of clear braces, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with your Ft.  Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76179 area, we proudly serve families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.