Aches and pains are often dismissed as part of everyday life – especially as we grow older. But some of these twinges may actually be a sign that something is out of alignment or an indicator of a chronic condition. TMD (or temporomandibular disorder) is one condition that orthodontists often see causing ongoing pain in the head, neck, or jaw.
Classic Signs of TMD
-Difficulty opening your mouth wide or finding that your jaw gets stuck in the open or closed position
-Strange noises (clicking, popping, or grinding) when opening and closing your mouth or chewing
-Pain, fatigue, swelling, or tenderness in your face or jaw area, or toothaches
-Difficulty chewing or the feeling that your bite has changed
Less Obvious Signs of TMD
-Persistent headaches and neck aches
-Hearing problems, ear ringing (tinnitus) and earaches
If you’re experiencing neck pain, headaches, or some of the other symptoms mentioned above, your Melbourne orthodontist might be able to help alleviate your condition if TMD is to blame. Make an appointment today to see if orthodontic treatment can help you smile pain-free!