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Suffering through Invisilign for TMJ improvement?

  • sally138
  • 10 months ago

I am seeing a dentist whom I like, and he has been trying to help with my TMJ for the past year. The problem is muscular and not structural. He has used splints which helped but didn't take pain away completely. I still got headaches and joint soreness throughout the day. He has much experience in helping people with this and believed that I should take other measures if splint wasn't working. He figured that because my bite is off and my teeth are crooked, that I am putting undue stress on my joint all day which is causing muscles to constantly spasm. So he recommended to fix my bite and therefore straighten crooked and crowded teeth. I am now on second week of  Invisilign with an orthodontist that he recommended and still in pain, but now have more obvious tension headaches. I am willing to fight through this if it will help my TMJ situation long term, but man oh man the pain is constant! Has anyone had experience with trying to improve TMJ with Invisilign? I really want it to work as I have been dealing with TMJ for way too long. I am in forties and healthy otherwise.

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I am 57 and have had TMJ all of my adult life. My advice is to do whatever you can to prevent long term damage to your teeth due to TMJ. I have other dental problems, which are being addressed by invisalign treatment, and the TMJ will not be cured by Invisalign, but it is helping. Due to a faulty bite, previously I would pull my lower jaw back in order to bite down when chewing. This added tension in my jaws, which exacerbated the continual clenching and grinding. Now I can bite down in a more relaxed fashion. Although not a cure, having a correct bite is an improvement with respect to TMJ.
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How long have you had invisilign for?
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I am in trayset 33 out of 42.
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Was the improvement worth the pains of invisilign? Did it take until now to find improvement? I am on my 4th set of 22. I have decided to carry on with it to see if it helps my tmj. My teeth are crooked too.
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The pain of invisalign has been a small matter in the bigger picture, and the treatment gets easier as time goes by. Check other posts on this site.
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I am on set 31 of 42. The first few gave me migraines, but the improvement now has made the pain worth it. I also take a daily muscle relaxer and an anti-inflammatory for my TMJ.
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Hi there Thanks for your reply! If you don't mind me asking, How long did it take for you to find improvement in your tmj? Was it a bite problem. My ortho said that when my bite becomes more stable I should start feeling better. I am hoping that is the case. Do the anti inflammatory and muscle relaxants help? If so are they OTC ones? I still have some hope, but wow this pressure in my mouth surely tenses up my jaw and face.!
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