If you regularly suffer from headaches, grind your teeth at night, or experience consistent jaw pain, you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Many people believe TMJ refers to a medical condition, but it actually doesn’t. TMJ is short for the temporomandibular joint on both sides of your jaw. TMJ disorders, however, are a medical condition and can be caused by a variety of things: a misaligned jaw, teeth grinding, biting your nails, and the list goes on and on.
Thankfully, straightening your teeth with Invisalign has been shown to improve TMJ disorders in many patients.
What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ Disorders?
Do you ever feel pain or tenderness in your jaw or around your ear, or have trouble chewing and opening and closing your mouth? These are all signs of a TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders can also present themselves as swelling on the side of your face, popping or clicking sounds from your jaw, or jaws that get stuck in the open or closed mouth position.
More serious symptoms of TMJ disorders include toothaches, headaches, neckaches, dizziness, hearing problems, and upper shoulder pain—not the most pleasant experience.
Why Should You Bother To Fix Your TMJ Disorder?
While a lot of people simply adapt to the symptoms associated with TMJ disorders, it’s actually very important to address recurring TMJ symptoms. When you have a TMJ disorder, it essentially means that your jaw is out of line.
Side effects of a misaligned jaw can include eroded enamel, gum recession, and even cracked teeth.
These are obviously very serious side effects that shouldn’t be ignored. But even if you don’t suffer from the more advanced side effects, living with chronic jaw pain is not a pleasant experience. When teeth are aligned the way they should be, your jaw is able to open and close freely without any pain or additional deterioration.
Thankfully, you don’t have to live with TMJ pain every day. For a lot of patients, fixing your TMJ disorder might only require a simple solution—like Invisalign.
How Does Invisalign Help TMJ Disorders?
Invisalign can alleviate your TMJ disorder symptoms in a variety of ways.
Because you are wearing the clear, plastic aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, Invisalign helps protect your teeth from grinding at night, which can ease some of the pain in your teeth and jaw.
Additionally, Invisalign aligners realign your upper and lower jaws so you can open and close your mouth and chew and speak properly.
Since Invisalign pushes your teeth back into position, your Invisalign treatment will also condition your mouth and jaw muscles to work more efficiently by reprogramming your muscles. For many patients, this means relief from TMJ pain that occurs in the jaw, face, and neck.
Get In Touch With Our Skilled Team
If you are suffering from the adverse effects of a TMJ disorder, don’t give up—we can help! At East Center Dental, our team is skilled in creating an Invisalign plan that perfectly fits your unique lifestyle. Don’t live with unnecessary pain. Contact us today.