Miami Braces Providers Link Jaw Pain To Misaligned Teeth, Say Braces Improve Both
Orthodontic treatment fixes crooked teeth and poorly aligned bites, but two Miami braces experts say that orthodontics can also alleviate the jaw pain and other symptoms associated with jaw joint disorders, also called temporomandibular joint muscle.
MIAMI, FL –– November is TMJ Awareness Month, and two Miami braces experts, Dr. Pedro Alquizar and Dr. Phillip Kaner, are sharing their expertise about the common symptoms of the jaw joint disorder and potential remedies.
"Anyone who has dealt with jaw pain or jaw-related symptoms knows how much it can affect everyday life,” said Alquizar, a Miami Invisalign expert.
Pain in the temporomandibular joints, also called the TMJ, is the most common symptom of a temporomandibular joint muscle disorder (TMD). When left untreated, TMDs can lead to acute or chronic pain and loss of function in the jaw, mouth, ears and neck.
"The symptoms of TMDs are so varied, many people can’t trace their symptoms back to one source and don’t know how to go about finding relief,” said Kaner, an adults’ orthodontics provider.
TMJ problems affect five to 12 percent of the population, according to estimates from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. More than 150 symptoms have been linked to TMDs. When people fail to identify the cause, they may end up treating symptoms instead of resolving the problem.
Here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Pain, stiffness or limited movement in the muscles and jaw joint while chewing, opening or closing the mouth or touching the muscles
- Clicking, grating or grinding sounds in the jaw
- Blurred vision or eye pain
- Ringing ears
Modifying diet and lifestyle habits as well as reducing stress can help minimize symptoms since those often trigger flare ups, but there are other ways to treat TMDs like medication and surgery. Orthodontic treatment can also be a solution since a bad bite strains jaw joints and could be the source of the problem.
“Sometimes using braces to correct a malocclusion reduces or completely eliminates the symptoms,” said Alquizar. “Don’t put off treatment. Please schedule a consultation and find out if braces could be part of the solution for you.”
To learn more about Kendall orthodontist, Dr. Pedro Alquizar and his colleague, Dr. Phillip Kaner, call the office at (305) 667-5738 or (305) 279-3968 or find them online at http://www.miamiorthodontistgroup.com/.
Dr. Pedro Alquizar is a Harvard-trained orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic specialist. Dr. Phillip Kaner did his orthodontic specialty training at the Medical College of Virginia. They offer a full range of orthodontics for children and adults at their practice in Miami, FL.
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