Will braces be enough or do I need surgery to correct my overbite and TMJ? (photos)
Doctor Answers 1
Braces will not be enough to correct a TMJ Dysfunction problem. Your upper and lower dental arches are severely underdeveloped. You more than likely also have a sleep breathing problem, or will have given time.
You need to develop your dental arches and eliminate your deep overbite and probably bring your lower jaw forward. This can all be accomplished with removable dental appliances.
You need to find a dentist who understands the relationship between teeth, faces, airways and TMJ's. This is not your typical dentist or orthodontist. Keep looking until you find a doctor who can comfortably and confidently talk to you about how moving teeth will affect your face, your jaw joints and your airway.
Look for a doctor who understands epigenetic orthodontics.
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