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Can braces help with tmj?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Sometimes: Talk to both your general dentist and your orthodontist about your TMJ issues before you start braces. This needs to be part of your treatment plan. If this is not discussed with the orthodontist the braces may make your TMJ pain worse.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Geriatrics 59 years experience
Maybe: Some TMJ problems are due to muscle and/ or nerve imbalances caused by forces created by an improper bite. If this is the case, then orthodontic treatment may help.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Occasionally: I don't think so. If the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems look like a nail. Get an opinion from a NON-ORTHODONTIST about your TMJ problem.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 40 years experience
Seeing a tmj expert is key.. not all oral surgeons know the tmj as well as Dr Gallia..
Mar 18, 2015
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 40 years experience
Seeing a tmj expert is key.. not all oral surgeons know the tmj as well as Dr Gallia..
Mar 18, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 46 years experience
Not necessarily: With TMJ/TMD treatment, there are usually two phases. Phase one is the diagnosis and hopefully conservative treatment to get the patient comfortable and under control so that phase two (dental tx, braces, etc.,) and be implemented. Sometimes, moving the teeth via braces may even exacerbate the TMD issues. Better to work with an orthodontist and TMJ specialist together.

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