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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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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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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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Would braces have any affect on my tmj?

Would braces have any affect on my tmj?

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. ...Read more

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How can I cure TMJ without using braces?

How can I cure TMJ without using braces?

Depends on cause: Many contributing factors to Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction. These are primarily anatomic, muscular, neurologic, stress related, and malocclusion. Most "treatments" don't "cure" TMD, but instead act as a bandaid to reduce symptoms (pain, clicking, locking, etc.) If malocclusion is a causative component, the best cure is to eliminate the malocclusion. ...Read more

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How can I treat TMJ without using braces?

Kind of like...: That's kind of like asking what to do for a broken arm other than wearing a cast. If your occlusion is fine but you grind or clench, a splint may be in order. If your bite is askew and that's what's causing your joint damage, braces and/or jaw surgery may be the treatment of choice. First determine what's wrong, then decide the best treatment path. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that braces will make TMJ worse?

Is it actually true that braces will make TMJ worse?

Sometimes: Sometimes. Sometimes braces part of the solution. Get an opinion or two from orthodontists are also TMJ experts. ...Read more

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Is it recommended that I get braces for a TMJ disorder?

Is it recommended that I get braces for a TMJ disorder?

When the pain's gone: Controversy abounds in dentistry as to the role of occlusion in TMJ disorders. The more conservative view recommends a very accurate diagnosis. Dysfunction of muscles, bones or nerves can trigger pain. Many types of arthritis, some which need medical management, can effect the jaws. Bite appliances, self management and medications are proven to help. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if I can get braces for less if I have tmj?

Wanted to know if I can get braces for less if I have tmj?

Not necessarily: Your bite (occusion) and alignment of your teeth may dictate the need for braces. It is usually referred to phase 2 of the treatment for tmj/tmd. Phase 1 is usually the treatment of get you out of pain and into more function. ...Read more

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Please tell me if you can still get braces if you have tmj?

Please tell me if you can still get braces if you have tmj?

Yes but...: Make sure whomever you are considering getting the braces from is educated about tmj/tmd or can work closely with the dr. Who diagnosed your tmj/tmd. ...Read more

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I have TMJ but I already took off my braces. What do I do now?

I have TMJ but I already took off my braces. What do I do now?

See OFP specialist: Getting you comfortable first is the first priority. See an Orofacial Pain specialist for TMJ evaluation and treatment. There is overwhelming evidence that braces do not increase the risk of developing TMJ problem. ...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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Braces for an openbite and tmj, would this work?

Braces for an openbite and tmj, would this work?

Not recommended: There is an absence of evidence that orthodontic treatment can treat or prevent temporomandibular disorders and open bite is not exception. There are no data regarding the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment for TMJ. ...Read more

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Are there braces for people with an openbite and tmj?

Are there braces for people with an openbite and tmj?

2 separate problems: 1. TMJ disorder. First, see an orofacial pain practitioner for evaluation and treatment. 2. Open bite; see an orthodontist for evaluation, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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If I suspect TMJ should I go to a specialist even though I have braces?

If I suspect TMJ should I go to a specialist even though I have braces?

Maybe: But first discuss your concerns with your orthodontist. If a referral is indicated, you will get the best result if both providers are use to working together. ...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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Can I have impacted canine surgery with TMJ then get braces?

Can I have impacted canine surgery with TMJ then get braces?

Yes, you can: Impacted canines surgery can affect your function and appearance of your smile, but not TMJ. Braces are always first choice after this surgery. ...Read more

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Braces and a painful jaw. How to tell if it is tmj?

Braces and a painful jaw. How to tell if it is tmj?

See an expert.: See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. ...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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