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Can I have braces with a TMJ problem?

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  • Can I have braces with a TMJ problem?

    There is a problem with my jaw and it has been said that it could be TMJ. Not sure how this occurred but it is obviously a problem for me. My jaw clicks a lot and can cause me pain. I would so like to get my teeth straight but I was wanting to find out whether this TMJ problem will stop me from doing that. I do not want to make it any worse by having this treatment. Do other people with this type of problem get braces on and it is ok? If this is not possible then ill have to accept it but would be a bit disappointed really.
    Thanks for your time

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    Hello,
    Thank you for your post.
    There are different reasons why you might suffer from this issue, for example, if the jaw has sustained a trauma, or there is an issue with your bite pattern etc. Therefore, if your temporomandibular joint issues are caused by your misaligned teeth or bite then this treatment could actually help the problem rather than make it worse. It could be that you are getting two benefits from the orthodontic work instead of one. If your issues are not caused by this then it may not have any positive or negative effect on the TMJ, however, there is a chance that it could make it worse in the short term. This is something that you will need to discuss with your orthodontist as every case needs different assessment and specialised treatment. I do think it is worth enquiring. You will also need to consider that you could feel some discomfort with the brace, but this is normal for anyone, with or without TMJ.
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