Can Invisalign Help With TMJ?

Invisalign The Clear Alternative to Braces

If you regularly suffer from tension headaches there is a good chance that you grind your teeth as you sleep. Tension headaches can be a symptom of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder as a result of teeth grinding. Other symptoms associated with TMJ disorder can include eroded enamel, gum recession, and cracked teeth.

TMJ disorder has been known to cause pain in your jaw and facial muscles because your joint is misaligned and moving in the wrong way. A dentist can diagnose TMJ disorder and assist in treating the symptoms.

An Invisalign® appliance is one solution that in addition to straightening your teeth can also help with TMJ or teeth grinding.

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Benefits of Invisalign®

Grinding your teeth is very common and occurs most often during the night while you sleep. One benefit of Invisalign® is the protection it provides by preventing you from grinding your teeth while also aligning your teeth.

Invisalign® aligners must be worn 20-22 hours a day, which includes the night. While you sleep they create a cushion between your teeth so your teeth don’t grind, which causes joint damage and pain.

Why Align Your Teeth

When teeth are aligned the way they should be, the TMJ is able to open and close freely without any pain or deterioration. When the TMJ is misaligned it can cause stress on the joint which creates inflammation and pain. When your teeth are aligned correctly it takes the stress and strain away from your jaw joint and eliminates irritation.

Sometimes the pain and the headaches that result in having TMJ are just too much to handle. It might only take a simple solution, such as Invisalign®, to make the pain and discomfort go away.

Invisalign® may be the TMJ treatment our patients in Boston have been looking for. You do not have to live with TMJ pain every day. Our staff cares about our patients and will help you to know if Invisalign® is the right solution for you. Schedule an appointment today.

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