TMJ refers to Temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This includes popping, clicking, grinding, locking and pain in your jaw joint. Most dysfunction is caused by a bad bite. Usually, a deep overbite tends to retrude the lower jaw, causing TMJ.
Opening the bite with braces allows the lower jaw to come forward and function more normally with better freedom of movement. See the results for our patient pictured below. The jaw has come forward and relieved her popping. The procedure also improves the facial profile.
We also offer splints for patients whose symptoms are severe and who can’t wait for braces to correct their pain. This can be followed up with braces for a more permanent correction without wearing the splint.