Our treatment objectives as orthodontists are not only to attain a healthy and beautiful smile for our patients but also to treat a very common and troublesome dental issue which is known as Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder, or TMJ.
TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joints which creates jaw and bite alignment malfunctions in individuals suffering from this dental disorder. The mandibular bone [lower jaw] is designed to slide and rotate to provide for range of motion when chewing and speaking. The causes of TMJ can range from grinding of the teeth, clenching of the jaw, highly stressful lifestyle, as well as age-related wearing down of the jaw bone and joint. Other factors are hyper mobile ligaments, arthritic conditions and cranial sacral distortions.