Tmj and Braces | And How & When Can Braces Cause TMJ Issues?

What causes TMJ to occur?

Your TMJ is moving hundreds of times a day. Every time you eat, your jaw is moved up and down as well as back and forth and side-to-side. Consider the way your jaw is moving whenever you speak, using it for speaking, laughing or smiling, and many other things, you’re likely to move your TMJ more frequently than any other joint in your body.

Here’s the problem There are two TMJs. One on both sides of the mandible (lower jaw.) They have to work together. Let’s say that you are involved in an accident, for instance, a car accident or an athletic injury. When one of your sides is hurt your body will attempt to make up for the damage. In the process, you might feel TMJ discomfort on either side or the other of your jaw.

Overuse is a common reason for Temporomandibular Disorder. People who have a habit of clenching and grinding (bruxism) typically have TMJ pain due to the continuous muscle contraction and the pressure applied to the joint.

What does all this have to relate to braces for treatment of the temporomandibular joints? As we’ve mentioned before the other major reason for TMD is alignment issues, also known as “malocclusions.” If your teeth aren’t aligned (bite) properly this makes it more difficult for you to process food for digesting effectively.

Naturally, your jaw adapts to those differences in bite by shifting your teeth in a manner that is irregular and allowing food particles to be crushed. The atypical jaw joint movements begin to cause pain as the year’s pass and cause joint strain. Therefore braces as a disorder treatment option could help get your teeth back to a more healthy alignment and lessen the strain on the jaw joints.

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Temporomandibular joint disorder Symptoms Common

  • Jaw popping or clicking sounds whenever you open your mouth
  • Headaches, migraines, or headaches
  • Aural pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck neck pain
  • The muscles in your face are tired neck, shoulders, and back
  • A limited movement range (opening)
  • The jaw is shifted to one side during closing or opening
  • Crepitation (grinding) within your joints
  • Tees that aren’t aligned correctly or jaws that aren’t
  • Wear patterns that are irregular on teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Dentists damaged by dental decay

It is possible to experience occasional symptoms of TMD but not have a clinical TMJ disorder. However, if the symptoms continue or make it difficult to perform everyday activities such as eating or speaking, you should seek out professional help. Are braces a solution to TMJ disorder? Depends on the circumstances!

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