When you have pain in your jaw, or chronic headaches, this could be linked to your jaw joints and bite balance. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, could lead to serious discomfort and even complications like bruxism (teeth grinding). In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about how we help with TMJ therapy.
The Causes and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
The disorder develops when factors upset the balance of your bite and strain the temporomandibular joints that connect your jaw and skull. These joints control the movement necessary to eat and speak. Factors that upset bite balance could include misalignment, injury to the smile, malocclusion, tooth loss, or untreated bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). Over time, this could cause headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial aches, and a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw. Without treatment, this could lead to bruxism or even trouble fully opening and closing your mouth.
Treatment With Orthodontics
For some people, the aligner of the teeth is a major factor in the sonnet of TMD. By correcting misalignment, we can help relieve the tension and pain in your smile. For some, this could include braces. Metal braces use brackets and wires to shift the teeth, and we could make them less visible with ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. We also have the Invisalign® system, which uses clear aligners to gradually and gently shift the position of the teeth. The option we choose will depend on your preferences as well as the severity of your misalignment.
Oral Appliance Therapy
However, in many cases we offer relief with an oral appliance. Using the iTero® system, our team will use a tiny digital camera at the end of a thin wand to take pictures from multiple angles. We then combine these into a digital model of the smile, which helps us create an oral appliance. The device will look and fit like a mouthguard, and is worn as you sleep. This helps correct the position of the smile and offers relief for headaches and jaw pain. If you grind your teeth, this helps provide a barrier between the upper and lower sets to prevent further damage to the smile.
If you have any questions about TMJ disorder and treatment with an oral appliance, then contact our team today.
Ready to Treat Your TMD?
Our team wants to restore your smile and prevent painful symptoms. If you have any questions about easing joint strain and bite imbalance, or if you would like to schedule an appointment soon, please call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Fort Worth, and all surrounding communities.