There are many reasons to call our orthodontists. Certainly, we can help make your smile more attractive. Straighter teeth are good for oral health, too, since they make your teeth easier to clean.
But orthodontists can also help you protect the teeth that you have. How? By helping you stop the effects of teeth grinding on one another.
This may not be as well known as the other reasons for straightening your teeth, but we can treat TMJ disorders at Orthodontic Alliances. If you are suffering because of a TMD, our doctors are ready to help at any of our Indiana locations.
Go Where Doctors Have Experience Treating TMJ Problems
For more than 20 years, we have been helping people alleviate the problems that come with TMJ disorders. This condition can be quite painful, as anyone who has suffered from it can tell you.
Treating thousands of patients gives our team a perspective that you won’t find at every office. It’s that experience that can make a big difference in how you feel at the end of your treatment, too.
The Effects of TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorders can disrupt your day in a variety of ways. If your TMJ disorder persists, you can have one or more of the following:
- Frequent headaches, including migraines
- Frequent earaches
- Jaw pain, soreness, or tenderness
- Clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth
- Feeling like your jaw is stuck
Some people find that these symptoms are more common in the morning or after meals. Millions of people grind or clench their teeth in their sleep. Other people do this while they are awake without realizing as a response to stress.
What You Can Do
Most people will experience TMJ issues from time to time. That does not mean they will become full-blown TMDs.
You can try eating softer foods for a few days. You can apply a cold compress to reduce swelling or moist heat to help loosen a stiff jaw. You also can take over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate pain.
What We Can Do
If your home remedies don’t work or your symptoms returning, let our doctors help you.
During your consultation, we’ll examine your mouth for signs of teeth grinding, such as wear and tear on the enamel of your teeth. Since multiple factors can play a role in a TMJ disorder, we will want to asses what’s affecting your particular situation.
We could design an oral appliance that will prevent you from grinding your teeth together. In some cases, changing the alignment of your teeth may be able to help as well. If that could help, you know we have a variety of options to get your teeth lined up in the proper position, including Invisalign, traditional braces, and more.
Don’t spend any more time in pain!