Because temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are typically caused by bite issues, braces offer a solution. Misalignment of the bite, whether due to tooth location or the points of connection between the teeth of the upper and lower jaws, can lead to teeth grinding, jaw clenching, facial tension and headaches. Braces can adjust tooth positioning and efficiently adjust bite alignment to provide greater comfort when the upper and lower jaws come into contact. It’s also worth noting that permanent and tray retainers, designed to prolong the adjustments made by braces, can also help relieve the effects of TMD.
In order to treat your TMD through braces, Dr. Davidian will first find the correct positioning for your teeth by using advanced dental technology, like the K-7 Evaluation System. This modality enables Dr. Davidian to find the position for your lower jaw that is the most comfortable for your facial and neck muscles. Once the perfect position for your teeth is established, Dr. Davidian will refer you to an Orthodontist that specializes in Neuromuscular Orthodontics
K-7 Perfect Position Evaluation System
The K-7 Evaluation System provides the dental clinician or researcher with three technologies for measuring, displaying and storing objective data on physiologic and anatomical status and function like jaw tracking, electromyography and joint sonography. This objective data enhances Dr. Davidian’s diagnostic and treatment considerations with information not previously available, so she can better determine what positioning will provide the most relief for your TMD pain.
Once this position has been discovered, Dr. Davidian will send your information to our highly trained dental lab in California, which also specializes in working with Neuromuscular Patients. The information Dr. Davidian shares with the lab allows their team to make a fixed orthotic for you. The fixed orthotic will keep your lower jaw in its new position while the orthodontist moves your teeth. This also helps you predict the end results of your orthodontic treatment.
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