Do I need Braces and if so, Orthodontist or General Dentist? (photos)
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General Dentist or Orthodontist for Braces?
A well-trained general dentist is perhaps more qualified to treat a patient with symptoms of TMD who requires orthodontic treatment than a typical orthodontist specialist because they are qualified to use restorative intervention when appropriate whereas an orthodontist cannot.
Invisalign is contraindicated for a patient with symptoms of TMD and Invisalign would not adequately address your needs even if you didn't have TMD.
You have underdeveloped dental arches and a deep overbite; both of which are contributing to your TMD. By developing your dental arches and opening your bite you will improve your TMD, give yourself a broader more beautiful smile, improve your profile, improve your lip support and improve your airway health.
When interviewing dentists/orthodontists ask them these important questions: How will your proposed treatment affect my TMJ? Will your treatment affect my facial aesthetics? If they can't speak intelligently on these two questions you need to keep looking.
All the best,
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