TMJ problems can be a real burden that leads to pain, limitations on eating and embarrassing jaw joint noises. In my practice as a dentist who focuses primarily on TMJ and jaw problems, patients often ask me, “Can braces cause TMJ?” Although there’s no easy answer, I’ll do my best to explain. Can Braces Cause TMJ? Three Scenarios If you're concerned that braces are the cause … [Read more...] about Can Braces Cause TMJ?
News Flash! Bettheny Frankel Explains Why Her Face Has Changed: “I Get Botox In My Jaw.” That headline has been winding its way through the web in the past few weeks. I must admit that when I first saw it I had no idea who Ms. Frankel was (I had to ask my wife). But as an expert in jaw problems and Orofacial pain, and one that uses Botox for jaw reduction in my practice, … [Read more...] about Botox For Jaw Reduction: The Real Story
Modern technology has changed nearly every aspect of dentistry during the past ten years. The world of orthodontics, in particular, has seen incredible advances that allow teeth to be moved in a revolutionary way. Because of software technology dentists can now simulate the tooth movement steps that are necessary to go from starting point to end point before treatment … [Read more...] about TMJ Problems During Invisalign Treatment
I recently came across an online press release with this compelling title: Teeth Whitening Trays From ProDental Functions As A Night Guard Against Teeth Grinding. The press release goes on to state: “These teeth whitening trays help to stop the condition of teeth grinding which happens drastically at night when persons sleep.” In my 30+ years in practice I’ve treated … [Read more...] about Why It’s A Bad Idea To Use Whitening Trays For Bruxism
TMJ surgery has received some bad press lately. You may have read horror stories on the Internet about TMJ surgery gone bad. But countless patients would still be living with acute jaw pain and limited jaw motion if surgery not been an option for them. I have spent the past 30 years focused almost exclusively on treating patients with TMJ and facial pain problems. I’m often … [Read more...] about When Is TMJ Surgery Needed? What You Need To Know