The TMJ Is the Foundation of Safe Orthodontic Treatment

TMJ Can Create Orthodontic Issues

Traditionally, the phrase “TMJ” has been associated with pain and discomfort. However, recent advancements in technology and research have allowed dentist to understand the role that temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, play in the development of orthodontic bite issues such as:

  • Overbites (lower jaw not growing forward as much as needed)

  • Open bites (where the front teeth don’t touch)

  • Asymmetry of lower jaw growth (the lower jaw growing to one side)

More importantly, these TMJ issues can often be detected early in life and before they become painful.

That's why it is so important that your TMJ condition be diagnosed thoroughly before starting orthodontic treatment, no matter what age you are.

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At Northview Orthodontics, we believe that safe orthodontic treatment starts by diagnosing the condition of our patients’ jaw joints to make sure that your treatment is done safely and with a sound jaw joint foundation.

We utilize the most up-to-date imaging technologies of CBCT (3D X-rays), MRI (when needed), impressionless 3D models, and bite mapping technologies to diagnose your TMJ condition prior to starting treatment to make sure your individual plan is directed to address and benefit your TMJ health now and stability for the long-haul.

You wouldn’t build your dream house on a foundation that is not safe, and the same goes for your dream smile!