Can Braces Cause Neuromuscular Problems?

While most braces are placed on your teeth to eliminate neuromuscular problems, for some patients, orthodontics can actually contribute to more issues. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a condition caused by a misaligned jaw and an unbalanced bite. If your braces do not fit properly, or if they have not been correctly adjusted, your bite can be thrown out of alignment, leading to TMD as a result.

For example, some wires can cause your teeth to shift backwards, straining your jaw joint. Certain studies have revealed that patients who undergo orthodontic treatment can end up with:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Jaw problems

To help avoid these problems, be sure to ask your Philadelphia dentist to take transcranial or tomographic x-rays before orthodontic treatment in order to evaluate the correct position of your joints. These x-rays will also act as a blueprint to help establish a harmonious relationship between your teeth, muscles, nerves, and joints.

If you live in Philadelphia, Main Line, or Ardmore, Pennsylvania and think your braces may be casing TMD, please contact the office of experienced Philadelphia Neuromuscular Dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall to schedule an initial consultation. We can help you alleviate your painful symptoms.

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