TMJ and Bruxism

If you suffer from TMJ disorder or bruxism, visit the experienced and skilled staff at Orthodontics. We examine your particular case then provide viable orthodontic solutions. Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile you can be proud of.

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement.

The Orthodontics Difference

Rely on our dental professionals to deliver services that help you achieve optimal oral health. We specialize in orthodontics so you receive treatments that alleviate your symptoms and prevent future dental damage. Our ultimate goal is to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life through first-rate orthodontic services.

Teeth Grinding in Woodbridge and Manassas

Do you grind your teeth? Consciously or subconsciously grinding teeth may cause damage to your tooth enamel, compromising the natural tooth structure and causing a series of preventable symptoms. Dr.  and his professionals are dedicated to providing you with effective treatments, whether you experience teeth grinding while you are awake or asleep. Stop grinding teeth in Woodbridge and Manassas with assistance from our dental practice. Effects of dental bruxism include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Hypersensitive Teeth
  • Clicking of Jaw Joints Tooth Fractures
  • Pain or Tenderness
  • Excessive Tooth Wear Aching Jaw Muscles
  • Burning Sensation on the Tongue

TMJ Treatments in Woodbridge and Manassas

Trust in knowing that Dr. has the expertise to examine your case and provide a sound solution to your disorder. We take the time to educate you about your options so you choose the treatment that works best for your case. A TMJ disorder may prevent patients from enjoying everyday activities, as symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Headaches and Neck Aches
  • Difficulty Opening and Closing Mouth
  • Popping or Clicking the Jaw
  • Locked or Stiff Jaw When Yawning or Speaking

Not all jaw pain is associated with TMD

If you feel you might have TMD, it is always important to see your dentist and receive an exam. However, not all jaw pain is associated with TMD, and if you do not have TMD there are many different preventive steps you can take to maintain a healthy, strong smile.

  • Relax your face — “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid all gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder — either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear with your hand
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin resting on your hand
  • Practice good posture — keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

Many people get TMD without ever having braces. Symptoms usually wax and wane regardless of whether braces are worn. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and are concerned that you may be a candidate for TMD treatment, please contact our office for a consultation.

TMJ disorder has a tendency to cycle, especially during more stressful life events. Our resident orthodontist offers ways to alleviate the spasms you may sporadically experience. Complete our online contact form to learn more about our night guards in Woodbridge and Manassas. We also proudly serve patients in Fredericksburg, Burke, Lorton, Dale City, Quantico, Triangle, Bristow, Nokesville, Gainesville, Haymarket, Stafford, & Spotsylvania, Virginia.