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Myobrace for Adults
Myobrace for Adults

Myobrace for Adults

Many adults would like straighter teeth and an improved smile, but are worried that some of the more traditional orthodontic solutions are not suitable for them, whether for social or professional reasons, or due to personal preference. Many may even have had braces, but their teeth have crowded up again.

Research shows that after about 15 years of age, when all permanent teeth are present and the jaws have stopped growing, the bone around the teeth is harder. Dental work on older patients’ teeth can make them more prone to damage from orthodontic appliances. In traditional adult orthodontic treatment, all of these factors can contribute to less stable results and likely long term or permanent retainers being required if poor oral habits have not been corrected.

The MYOBRACE for Adults™ works to align the teeth and correct the poor oral habits (also known as myofunctional habits) that are the real causes of crooked teeth and poor jaw growth. This process can straighten teeth without the need for complex retainers or braces.

If you suffer from a clicking jaw, frequent head or neck pain, or grind your teeth, then you may have a TMJ (jaw joint) problem. Some Myobrace Providers can also offer patients treatment for these problems. Learn more about TMJ disorder by clicking on the arrows below or above and visiting the 'more info' section.

TMJ Treatment Information

Headaches, facial and neck pain, and many other symptoms can be caused by TMJ (jaw joint) Disorder. These symptoms may only have started recently, or could potentially have caused discomfort for many years.

The symptoms of TMJ disorder can differ from patient to patient, making diagnosis troublesome.

WHAT IS TMJ DISORDER

Many people suffer from TMJ Disorder for years without a correct diagnosis. The disorder is often not well understood by Doctors, Dentists and other health professionals.

The Temporo-Mandibular Joints (TMJs) are the jaw joints connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the head at the temple region. Each time you chew, talk and swallow the TM Joints move and function. They are the most frequently used joints in the body.

You can locate your TM joints by pressing your fingertips immediately in front of your ear on each side of the area just in front of the ear canal. If you have TMJ disorder this may be painful and some clicking in the joint is often present.

TMJ Disorder has a wide variety of symptoms which affect the head, ears, eyes and neck.

COULD YOU BE SUFFERING FROM TMJ DISORDER?

Pain and discomfort in the head, jaw and neck are very common symptoms of TMJ Disorder. These symptoms may be resolved with very simple solutions, but often treatment can seem very complex and frustrating for both patient and Doctor. Understanding that the ‘bite’ could be the problem can be a foreign concept to many people. This field of craniomandibular dentistry has however been around for nearly a century.

TMJ SYMPTOMS

Do you have a history of these symptoms?
Try to recall when the symptoms first started, and what triggers these problem now.

Headaches
  • Front of head
  • Migraines
  • Facial pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Back of head
Neck symptoms
  • Neck pain
  • Lack of mobility (reduced neck
    rotations)
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shoulder aches
  • Tingling or numbness in arms
    and fingers

Throat Symptoms

  • Throat soreness
  • Tongue pain (on one side)
  • Difficulty swallowing
 Jaw Symptoms
  • Clicking or popping jaw joints
    (TMJs - either right or left side)
  • Jaw locking (open or closed)
  • Grating sounds
  • Pain in either TMJ (right or left side)
  • Jaw deviates to one side on opening
  • Limited jaw opening

Ear symptoms

  • Ear pain (right or left side)
  • Clogged, itchy ears
  • Balance problems
  • Hissing buzzing or roaring sounds
    in the ears (Tinnitus)

Other Symptoms

  • Eye pain
  • Back pain
  • Trouble with balance
  • Numbness

THE TMJ APPLIANCE - IMMEDIATE DIAGNOSIS OF TMJ DISORDER

Select Myobrace Providers can also evaluate TMJ Disorder. Regular Myobrace treatment may need to take into consideration the alleviation of TMJ Disorder symptoms.

The TMJ Appliance™ is useful for initial diagnosis and initial treatment. Orthodontic treatment may exacerbate TMJ Disorder symptoms and if this occurs, treatment may need to be adapted or suspended.

If muscle pain decreases when using the TMJ Appliance™ and the other symptoms all decrease after approximately 30 days, then the diagnosis of TMJ Disorder is confirmed. If there is severe damage to the disc (TMJ capsule) with clicking present, the TMD Appliance™ may need to be used in addition to the TMJ Appliance™.

The goal of the treatment over the next 30 days is to evaluate any change in symptoms. It is important that you keep a daily record of your symptoms (keep a diary of any related pain you experience). Other factors need to be considered for further treatment, but for now this is purely a diagnostic procedure.