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would braces have any affect on my tmj?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Positive effect: As malocclusion causative of, or contributory to, joint dysfunction, resolution of malocclusion usually means reduction of joint symptoms. Ask a qualified orthodontic specialist for advice.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Yes: Braces corrects one of the causes of TMJ which is malocclusion, by correcting your bite you ease pressure and correct joint movements , therefore improving TMJ condition..
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Perhaps: If your bite contributes to your TMJ problem, braces may help. If not, no. Braces can make TMJ worse. Don't use braces as the primary TMJ treatment. See a TMJ expert before any orthodontic treatment.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to eat an ice cream sandwich with braces on?

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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 47 years experience
Ice cream and Braces: Yes. Enjoy. But understand anytime you eat be prepared to brush...Yes brush 7 times a day .If you like 3 meals and 4 snacks them brush again. But eat what you like ...Just brush again. I did and i wore braces at 60y/o for 14 months. My best dr. D.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happen after you take off your braces?

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Dr. Dave Burns
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Retainers: Once the bite is correct and all of your teeth are straight the dentist will remove all of the brackets and adhesive that held your brackets. After you are cleaned up he will take impressions for retainers that you will wear all the time for 6 months then nightly for many years. Some offices place permanent wires behind your upper and lower 6 front teeth however makes it difficult to floss and kee.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can doctors tell me what does the triangle elastics do for braces?

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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Movement: They creat a force that help move the teeth in a manner than can not be achieved without them.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to eat without it hurting when ggetting new braces?

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Dr. Jacklyn Kurth
Orthodontics 22 years experience
2-3 days: It will take a few days for your lips and cheeks to get used to the feel of the braces and for your teeth to adjust to the 'pressure'. Most patients feel they can eat normally again between 2-3 days after the placement of new braces.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will braces affect my TMJ?

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Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Braces/TMJ: The simple answer is yes. One it may make your TMJ/TMD symptoms better, or two it may make them worse. I would suggest you discuss this with your Orthodontist/Dentist, before treatment so you know what to expect. If you have already started treatment, bring this up with your Doctor so you can both follow this closely.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Guideline: For patients with TMJ Dysfunction + malocclusion (bad bite), if malocclusion reduced by a specialist Orthodontist (treatment by General Dentist less predictable) 90% of the time TMJ symptoms reduced, 7% stay the same, 3% get worse.
Feb 1, 2017

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