Do you find yourself suffering from constant headaches? Jaw pain? Ringing in the ears? If so, you’re not alone. These are all symptoms of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, commonly referred to by the public as TMJ.
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge connecting your jaw to your skull. You use it every time you talk, chew, and yawn, so likely, you use it a lot. When it’s working incorrectly, it’s known as temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Because of the constant use of this joint, pain can be excruciating.
What are the Symtoms of TMD?
- Neck pain
- Grinding / bruxism
- Clicking or locking of jaw joints
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Problems chewing food
While most TMJ symptoms are merely mild to moderate in severity, certain symptoms such as the limiting of jaw mobility can create serious health problems such as the inability to chew food properly, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies.
What Causes TMD?
There are many causes for TMD. Among them are:
- Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
- Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
- Arthritis in the joint
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth
Since there are so many causes for TMD, many people all over the world suffer from it.
How Can Invisalign Help?
One of the common causes for TMD is tooth misalignment. When teeth don’t come together properly, this adds pressure on the jaw. The jaw attempts to overcompensate, which leads to strain on the joint and surrounding muscles. As a result, sufferers are plagued with pain and stiffness.
At Park Avenue Orthodontics, Dr. Janet Stoess-Allen often treats TMD with Invisalign. When used properly, Invisalign fixes your alignment and allows your jaw to function properly so it can finally relax. Compared to other treatment methods, such as surgery, Invisalign is an incredibly effective, non-invasive way to relieve the sufferer’s encompassing headaches, jaw pain, ear pain, and other symptoms.