Can Invisalign Help TMJ?

TMJ disorders are characterized by jaw pain, limited jaw mobility, clicking or popping of the jaw, and internal derangement that may lead to the development of temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis.

These symptoms may be debilitating for many patients because they interfere with chewing, swallowing, speaking, sleeping, and overall quality of life. Some studies have shown an association between TMJ problems and generalized headaches.While TMJ treatment can include bite guards, physical therapy, and stress management, it may also include Invisalign.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that straighten teeth without wires and brackets. Although they are not generally marketed for TMJ treatment, several cases have shown that Invisalign can be used in combination with orthodontic therapy in order to relieve pain caused by TMJ problems and prevent relapse when orthodontics is complete. Invisalign is discreet, not bulky, and does not show when you speak or smile.

Benefits of Using Invisalign for TMJ

Invisalign is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve surgery or anesthesia of any kind and that has a very low risk of relapse.The benefits include:

  • painless
  • removable
  • does not alter your appearance
  • reduces relapse rates
  • requires less time than traditional braces
  • maintains patients' oral health
  • reduces stress of TMJ

Invisalign is a great choice for TMJ treatment, and more and more patients are turning to this alternative treatment.

How Does It Work?

Invisalign is a clear aligner worn 20-22 hours per day into the night. These aligners act as a cushion, which avoids grinding at night and will gradually correct your teeth into alignment until ultimately they are perfectly straight, helping your TMJ symptoms.

Symptoms of TMJ

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with TMJ. A few symptoms include:

  • Difficulty closing your mouth
  • A popping sound with chewing or speaking
  • Locked jaw, which means you can't open or close your mouth
  • Jaw pain and headaches

Luckily, Invisalign can help alleviate these symptoms!

Get Started Today

Still unsure about whether you can use Invisalign with your current dental health routine? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry in order to discuss the options available for treating your condition. Dr. Firouzi specializes in cosmetic dentistry and TMJ, making his office an excellent resource for those in relief. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!