Do You Need TMJ Therapy?

fort worth tmj therapyWhen your smile become stained, this could lead to chronic discomfort due to the onset of TMJ disorder. Fortunately, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist knows how to offer relief by treating this disorder with a custom and comfortable oral appliance. In today’s blog, find out more about this disorder, and how we can offer treatment.

The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder occurs when the joints that connect your jaw and skull undergo immense pressure, and strain. This leads to a disorder in which fully opening and closing the mouth could be problematic, leading to worsening discomfort. Causes include malocclusion, misalignment, tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, untreated bruxism (teeth grinding), and high levels of stress. Symptoms vary, but include headaches, migraines, popping or clicking in the jaw, aches in the face or jaw, and pain in the neck and shoulders. If one or more of these symptoms applies to you, then let us know right away.

Treatment for Your Smile

For some, treatment could include correcting misalignment with braces or clear aligners. Others may need a restoration from a general dentist to improve balance. We’ve found that a simple oral appliance, custom-made for your smile using the iTero® digital imaging system, could help. The device is worn as you sleep, and then repositions the jaw slightly to ease the stress and strain on your jaw joints. This preserves symptoms and helps you avoid worsening pain or the onset of related complications like bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). If you experienced the symptoms we discussed above, then see us for a consultation. We will examine the smile and select the best treatment option for your smile!

Care at Home

At home, you can also ease discomfort by avoiding hard or chewy foods, as the actions necessary to consume them could exacerbate symptoms. In addition, you can use a warm washcloth against the side of the face to ease strain, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you schedule a visit now, you have a chance to use your dental insurance benefits or health savings funds before they expire at the end of December. You also obtain treatment before the holiday season makes your schedule too hectic to find time to see us. If you have any questions about our treatments, or if you experience symptoms like we discussed above, then let us know right away.


Our team wants to offer your smile relief with a custom oral appliance. To learn more about the process of treating issues like TMD, misalignment, or bruxism, then please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Haslet, Azle, and all surrounding communities.