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The TMJ/Orthodontic Connection Orthodontists Sometimes Miss


When most people undergo orthodontic treatment, they expect the problems in their mouth to go away. As their teeth get straighter, the wear on their teeth becomes more natural and even. Their confidence improves, and everything just feels better. But what many patients don’t realize is that unless their orthodontist is well versed in the muscles and joints of the face and jaw, their happiness over their new smile could be short-lived.

Imagine getting your teeth straightened. You are finally happy with your smile and your confidence is at an all-time high. But that happiness is soon replaced by a nagging pain in the jaw, making it difficult to do ordinary, everyday things like chew food, talk or even open your mouth to breathe. In addition to jaw pain, you may also hear a clicking or popping noise when you open your mouth. You might even experience neck or back pain, or an annoying ringing in your ears that lasts for months no matter what you do. These are all symptoms of a disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Occasionally, orthodontists who aren’t well versed in the musculature of the face can inadvertently cause TMD while realigning the teeth, turning that beautiful smile into a beautiful frown.

That’s why when it comes to orthodontic treatment, it often pays to receive treatment from a dentist who is well versed in dentistry, orthodontics and a field called neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry is the type of dentistry used to treat TMJ disorders.

Neuromuscular dentistry works by repositioning the jaw to a more comfortable position. This will not only eliminate TMD pain, but also often make the braces treatment more effective and longer-lasting.

If you’re considering braces or aligners and have not yet begun your treatment journey, speak to Dr. Simpson about a treatment plan that will not only straighten your teeth, but also correct any TMJ issues – and prevent any new ones from developing. If you have already had orthodontic treatment and are experiencing any of the signs of a TMJ disorder, give Dr. Simpson’s office a call to discuss an evaluation for TMD. Dr. Simpson is extremely knowledgeable in TMJ disorders and their treatment and can help get you smiling again in no time.

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