Does Orthodontic Treatment Cause TMJ?
TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, which is the connector between the lower jaw to the skull. This is the joint that enables you to open and close your mouth, so it’s used almost constantly for speaking and eating. Some people have conditions involving the TMJ, and they have difficulty opening and closing their mouth. This is often accompanied by pain.
Many patients wonder if their TMJ problems are a result of their orthodontic treatment, and the overwhelming body of evidence does not link the two. The primary reason for this is because there is no one cause for TMJ disorders, so the role of the bite—which is often ...