TMJ is most commonly associated with the sound of a person’s jaw popping or the jaw becoming stuck while they’re speaking or chewing. Though TMJ is related to these symptoms, it’s not the condition but the location of the symptoms. The popping and locking are an indication of problems with the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. You have two of these joints. They act as hinges for your jaw, enabling you to chew and speak. TMJ disorders make these activities difficult. There are a few causes for TMJ pain, including teeth grinding (bruxism), teeth misalignment (malocclusion), stress, and arthritis. Our multidisciplinary in-house team, including an orthodontist and other specialists as well as general dentists, can diagnose and resolve the causes and the symptoms of TMJ using two proven dental appliance methods— Invisalign® and mouthguards. They’ve helped countless patients overcome their TMJ symptoms and return to living a normal, comfortable life!
Invisalign is the discrete way to correct the tooth misalignment behind some TMJ symptoms. This is an alternative to the bulky metal wires and brackets of traditional braces. Using transparent but strong plastic aligners, Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into their correct position over the course of several months. The aligners slip over your teeth and stay in your mouth up to 22 hours per day. Only you will know you’re wearing them, as they allow you to speak normally. You remove the aligners only for meals and cleaning. Another popular, cost-effective method is a mouthguard. You’ll wear your mouthguard mainly during sleep, when teeth grinding is most common, though you can use it at other times of day when you might be prone to clenching your teeth. You’ll be unable to speak clearly with your mouthguard in, but you can take it out easily at any time, such as before meals and cleaning. Mouthguards have also been proven effective for treating sleep apnea. Our experienced team customizes both mouthguards and Invisalign to fit your mouth precisely and comfortably using our practice’s advanced dental technology.