The Role of Orthodontics in Treating TMJ Disorder

The Role of Orthodontics in Treating TMJ Disorder - Denver, COIf you’re suffering from TMJ disorder, finding relief from the discomfort and pain is likely a top priority. At Louisa Gallegos, DDS, MSD, we’re here to help you achieve relief and improve your overall oral health. Discover how our orthodontic solutions can make a difference for TMJ sufferers and guide you toward a pain-free life.

What is TMJ Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder affects the joint connecting the jaw to the skull. This complex joint allows for the movement needed for chewing, speaking, and even yawning. 

When something goes wrong with this joint, it can lead to a range of painful symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty chewing.

How Orthodontics Can Help

Orthodontic treatments align the teeth and jaws to improve function and aesthetics. While orthodontics is often associated with straightening teeth, it can also address underlying issues contributing to TMJ disorder. Here’s how:

Correcting Misalignment

Misaligned teeth can create an uneven bite, stressing the jaw joint. Orthodontic treatments like braces or clear aligners can gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment, relieving pressure on the TMJ.

Improving Bite Alignment

An improper bite, such as an overbite or underbite, can strain the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Orthodontic interventions can correct bite issues, promoting a more balanced and comfortable bite.

Reducing Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a common contributing factor to TMJ disorder. Orthodontic appliances like nightguards can protect the teeth from grinding and alleviate strain on the TMJ.

Alleviating Jaw Muscle Tension

Orthodontic treatments can help redistribute bite forces more evenly, reducing muscle tension in the jaw and reducing TMJ-related pain and discomfort.

Preventing Future Problems

By addressing underlying issues contributing to TMJ disorder, orthodontic interventions can help prevent future complications and maintain long-term oral health.

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation in Denver

If you’re struggling with TMJ disorder, orthodontic solutions may offer the relief you’ve been seeking. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Louisa Gallegos in Denver, CO, to explore your treatment options and take the first step toward a pain-free smile.

Don’t let TMJ disorder prevent you from living life to the fullest. Contact Louisa Gallegos, DDS, at 303-316-4034 to schedule your consultation and discover how orthodontics can improve your quality of life.

Louisa Gallegos, DDS, MSD Prosthodontist

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