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Can Invisalign Correct TMJ Dysfunction?

September 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drstandrabik @ 11:41 pm
Woman with jaw pain

Do you ever experienced clicking in your jaw when you chew your food, frequent headaches when you wake up, or not fully being able to open your mouth thanks to lockjaw? TMJ dysfunction is very common, and it can cause all sorts of discomfort. Fortunately, there are some ways to get relief. Continue reading to learn more about this condition and how Invisalign may be able to ease some of your uncomfortable symptoms.

How Does TMJ Dysfunction Work?

TMJ is an abbreviation for your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that’s located between your skull and lower jaw. It allows your mouth to open and close with ease when you eat and speak. However, this joint can become irritated and result in dysfunction. This can expose nerve endings and create pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction.

  • Headaches: TMJ dysfunction is one of the most common undiagnosed causes of frequent headaches and migraines. When the jaw muscles become tense, strained, and overworked, the nearby muscles around your head can be affected.
  • Earaches: The TMJ is located very close to the ears. Having a dysfunctional joint can result in ear pain.
  • Jaw/Face Pain: Jaw stiffness and pain are the most common symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction. This can affect your ability to chew comfortably, and you could experience lockjaw. Pain can range anywhere from a dull ache to instances of sharp pain.
  • Bruxism: Bruxism, also called teeth grinding, can be caused by stress, a misaligned bite, or TMJ dysfunction. Usually, teeth grinding occurs while sleeping. This can result in overworked jaw muscles and worn-down enamel.

How Can Invisalign Make a Difference with TMJ Dysfunction?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth instead of metal brackets and wires. These clear aligners can have a positive influence on your TMJ because they act as a cushion between your upper and lower teeth. This keeps them from grinding against each other as harshly. This can reduce symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, such as jaw pain, during your treatment.

Another way Invisalign can help TMJ dysfunction is by correcting bite issues. Having a properly aligned bite can help to minimize or even eliminate the symptoms. Ultimately, orthodontic treatment can reprogram your jaw muscles to reduce grinding and allow them to be more efficient.

If you’ve been struggling with TMJ dysfunction, opting for Invisalign to straighten your smile may be able to help. This could be the start of some long-lasting relief!

About the Practice

At Drabik Orthodontics, we have a team of two skilled orthodontists serving patients in Rochester and Webster. With their combined experience and expertise, patients can receive the quality orthodontic treatment they are looking for at one of our two convenient locations. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (585) 872-4660.

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