Claims that orthodontic therapy causes temporomandibular disorders (TMD) have been around a long time. Is there truth to these claims? A study published last year in the Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics looked at this topic by evaluating 1011 children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18. They separated these young people based on whether or not they had undergone orthodontic treatment and then evaluated them using the Helkimo index and Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. What did they find? Not surprisingly, the researchers found that there was no significant difference in the occurrence of TMD symptoms between those that underwent orthodontic treatment and those that did not. Why is this result not surprising? There have been several studies over the last 25 years that have all showed the same results. Orthodontic treatment does not increase or decrease your risk for TMJ disorders.

If you have any questions about temporomandibular disorders and how they relate to orthodontic treatment, please contact your Phoenix and Goodyear orthodontists. While your Litchfield Park and Phoenix orthodontists do not specialize or focus their practice on TMD or TMJ disorders, they can put you in touch with some excellent doctors who do focus on this area.

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Rest assured, at Dunn Orthodontics, your comfort and oral health are our top priorities. We take a comprehensive approach to orthodontic treatment. We consider factors such as TMJ health, bite alignment, and overall jaw function. That way we ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients who want braces in Surprise, AZ.

Do you have any concerns or questions about orthodontic treatment and its impact on TMJ disorders? If you have TMJ issues, it’s unlikely braces will make your life better. Our knowledgeable team is here to provide answers and guidance. Schedule a consultation with Dunn Orthodontics today and take the first step toward a healthy, confident smile

In summary, orthodontic treatment does not cause or increase the risk of TMJ disorders. In fact, it can often alleviate symptoms associated with TMJ disorders by improving jaw alignment and function. At Dunn Orthodontics, we prioritize your TMJ health. We take a personalized approach to ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your orthodontic journey.

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