10 doctors weighed in:

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

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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2 comments
Dr. David Schleimer
Stretched or deranged ligaments and cartilaginous disc of the TMJ are not treatable by orthodontics. Creating a stable occlusion puts the joint into a repeatable and functional position, but has no real effect upon cartilaginous/discal derangements or the ligaments that define the limits of movement. The above illustration is not of the TMJ, but looks to be that of the knee.
Dr. Duane Keller
Compression of the posterior bilaminar zone can distort the biomechanical locking principle of this tissue and allows the disc to be displaced or dislocate by the condyle. The bite can cause the joint to move in this position and orthodontics can alter the bite to also cause this problem. Orthodontics done to the wrong joint position can be a cause, whereas orthodontics done to the functional joint position can be an answer.
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This is an unfortunate but small risk, of having orthodontics as an adult.

In brief: Yes

This is an unfortunate but small risk, of having orthodontics as an adult.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dr. Fernando Juliao
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes, possible. Make sure your ortho treatment is being done by a board certified orthodontist.
Consider getting a second ortho opinion.

In brief: Yes

Yes, possible. Make sure your ortho treatment is being done by a board certified orthodontist.
Consider getting a second ortho opinion.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Definitely, no

Recent studies dispute the popular belief that a bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMJ disorders.
There is no scientific proof that orthodontic treatment leads to TMJ problems. Ask your orthodontist for more information.

In brief: Definitely, no

Recent studies dispute the popular belief that a bad bite or orthodontic braces can trigger TMJ disorders.
There is no scientific proof that orthodontic treatment leads to TMJ problems. Ask your orthodontist for more information.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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