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While everyone is different there is a risk reduction when wearing Invisalign. A study in Florida showed fewer TMJ symptoms than those wearing braces and those wearing neither braces nor Invisalign. The explanation is quite simple. Clenching can cause or aggravate TMJ symptoms. Wearing Invisalign reduces clenching, hence we get a reduction in TMJ symptoms. The reduction is not 100%. There are some that can develop more symptoms but the odds are in your favor.
Most invisalign treatment does not alter the bite on a person's back teeth. Usually the relationship of the lower jaw to the base of the skull is not changed. For the most part it addresses esthetic issues related to the front teeth and smile line. For this reason it will not create a TMJ problem. If a person has TMJ symptoms already, they should be sure that the dentist knows that, so as not to contribute to it further.
Is there a link between Invisalign treatment and TMJ? Is there a link between ANY orthodontic treatment and TMJ? Following a landmark lawsuit in 1987 where a Michigan patient received a legal judgment against her orthodontist for giving her "TMJ," hundreds of studies and millions of dollars have been spent by the scientific community to find if there really is a relationship between orthodontic treatment and the health of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Obviously this would...