Orthodontic Treatment for TMD—Portland, OR
Straightening the Teeth While Stopping Jaw Pain
Properly addressing the position of the back teeth has great short and long term benefits. For one thing, a balanced row of teeth is largely self-supporting, with each tooth touching its neighbors in exactly the correct position, so there is less likelihood of a bad bite developing. For another, teeth that are solidly interlocked in a tight bite tend to lead to grinding, clenching, and TMJ problems. We can work to free up the bite so that the jaws are able to slide freely and easily across each other.
This is why we plan and revise each of our Invisalign® cases an average of nearly seven times before we are happy with the esthetic and functional results and why we monitor the movement of your teeth regularly. It's also why we are comfortable standing by our fee as the ONLY fee you will pay—including, if necessary, any refinements. Finally, it is why we achieve such consistently great results.
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, with the expertise of cosmetic dentistry care and with respect for the interconnection of the muscles, the TMJ, and the bite, our approach to comprehensive orthodontics is firmly founded in sound dental science that’s augmented by decades of observation as well as the essentials of facial aesthetics.
Fixing More Than the Front Teeth
When it comes to getting teeth straightened, most patients are concerned that the end result looks even and symmetrical, a so-called "Front End Alignment" of the “Social Six” teeth that show most prominently in the smile. In reality, that is the easy part. We are far more concerned with how ALL the teeth fit together, ensuring they work as a team instead of fighting each other.
Fixing Misaligned Teeth
The worst part of having crooked or misaligned teeth is not what you see, although that is most frequently why people are motivated to have their teeth straightened. The problem is much more serious than what you present to others in a social situation. Misaligned teeth lead directly to a multitude of problems, including gum and bone support issues, teeth grinding and clenching, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or "TMD"), cracking of the teeth themselves near the gum line, head and neck pain, and broken teeth. There are other, less direct, ailments associated with poorly positioned teeth, including diabetes, obesity, and heart and circulatory problems.
Crooked teeth are not something to be taken lightly! It is a condition that progresses and can have a major impact on your life beyond simple cosmetics and discomfort.
We are concerned about how relaxed and comfortable the jaw muscles are, the symmetry of the face, how well the teeth themselves will work in their new arrangement, and how long the result will stay. In the process of applying orthodontics, because we put the teeth where nature originally intended, we achieve a beautiful, comfortable, and radiant smile.
Teeth Grinding & Clenching
A great many people have jaw clenching and teeth grinding issues, and many may not even realize it. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we look for the telltale signs, such as flattened tooth surfaces, loose teeth, chipped tooth structure, little divots from the teeth near the gum line, facial asymmetries with the lower jaw, muscle tension, and TMJ issues. Most of these conditions are caused by how the teeth fit together. Because these symptoms develop slowly—sometimes over several years—individuals may not even recognize that there is a problem with their bite.
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we treat teeth grinding and jaw clenching problems comprehensively and conservatively. Treatment could be something as minor as adjusting one spot on a single tooth, or it may require more involved treatment, using computers to pinpoint the timing and force of each tooth during a bite.
How We Use Invisalign® to Improve the Bite
Invisalign® is an orthodontic treatment which enables us to work to an endpoint that we can see before we even start—literally "begin with the end in mind." And, because we have such vast experience and expertise with this system, we recognize what is possible and we work to get there as quickly and as comfortably as we can without compromise.
We are also very happy to provide exceptionally rapid orthodontic care to cut the length of treatments like Invisalign® to less than a third of their average time. Ask us about Propel, Acceledent, and ProV5, and how they can help you complete your orthodontic treatment in far less time.
Whatever the specific need, we treat the root cause of it and not just the symptoms so that you receive the care you need to feel healthier and more energetic, and can thus better enjoy life!