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Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


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Do braces causes tmj? I had a big problem with my teeth and had to wear braces for 6 years that moved my jaw about 2-3 cm

Do braces causes tmj? I had a big problem with my teeth and had to wear braces for 6 years that moved my jaw about 2-3 cm

Maybe: Orthodontics have not been shown in research studies to either cause or cure tmd's. Tmj problems are rarelly if ever a result of how the teeth fit together. It has been suggested by some researchers that a chnge in the bite relationship may cause some suseptable individuals to develope some TMJ problems but they tend to resolve on their own over time. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my braces to cause TMJ pain?

Is it possible for my braces to cause TMJ pain?

Yes: Yes. Ask your orthodontist. You may want a second opinion. Make sure your orthodontist is board certified. ...Read more

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Can prongathism treatment cause tmj? Braces and elastics

Can prongathism treatment cause tmj? Braces and elastics

Possibly: You may have no alternative but a combination of orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery to find comfortable jaw joint relationship, align teeth to the jaws, then reposition the teeth/jaws surgically while maintaining the comfortable joint relationships. Make sure you're seeing an orthodontic specialist and an oral surgical specialist. ...Read more

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Can braces (6 years) with elastics (3) years cause tmj?Used to have prognathism :))

Can braces (6 years) with  elastics (3) years cause tmj?Used to have prognathism :))

It's hard to say.: Prognathism is very difficult to successfully treat with just braces, even over a 6 year period. Prolonged elastic wear might push your lower jaw back, thereby putting pressure on the tm joint. Whether this can be a cause of temporal madibular joint disorder is open for debate. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for TMJ if it was caused by braces?

What are the treatments for TMJ if it was caused by braces?

A few ideas: Same as treatment not caused by braces. . Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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Is it possible for braces to cause temporomandibular joint disorders (tmj)?

Is it possible for braces to cause temporomandibular joint disorders (tmj)?

Yes: Orthodontic treatments to stable relationships can be part of the correction for TMJ problems. Orthodontics that place the joint in a compromised position can be part of the cause. ...Read more

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Can braces help with tmj?

Can braces help with tmj?

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. ...Read more

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Will braces affect my TMJ?

Will braces affect my TMJ?

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. ...Read more

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Do i need braces if I have tmj?

Do i need braces if I have tmj?

No: You do not necessarily need braces because you have a TMJ problem. If you have a malocclusion it may be part of the treatment but certainly not all TMJ problems require braces. ...Read more

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