Have you previously used mouthguards to help correct your bite, prevent your teeth grinding, or stopping jaw pain, clicking or popping? Have they actually worked or have they just exacerbated the issues? It’s time that you see a TMJ expert who can fit you with a neuromuscular orthotic that is a genuine solution to your problems.
How is an orthotic different from a mouthguard?
Orthotics are designed to position the jaw where the muscles are in the most relaxed position, as determined by specific measurement and tests. This helps keep the nervous system calm and your muscles in a relaxed state. When general dentists provide you with a mouthguard, they generally come from moulds and are rarely modified. What this means is that unless the dentist is specifically trained on how to maintain these precise measurements and keep the muscles in a relaxed position, it’s unlikely the mouthguard will provide long-term relief.
Typically, you’ll wear a mouthguard, most commonly made from a thick plastic, on your upper or lower jaw overnight, and you are discouraged from eating foods that force you to chew vigorously or from opening your mouth wide. In contrast, the purpose of the orthotic is to wear it 24/7, with the main aim throughout the day to open up your airways as much as possible, while still allowing you to maintain proper speech and sleep comfortably at night.
How will the orthotic actually help you?
Over time whilst wearing the neuromuscular orthotic, you’ll find that not only will you experience less pain in your mouth and jaw, but it will also maintain healthy muscles and improve your posture. If this treatment is consistently followed, the orthotic will provide long-awaited relief and long-term benefits compared to generic mouthguards or splints which can often amplify existing bite issues and therefore not help your symptoms and even sometimes make your symptoms worse.
If you’d like more information about how a neuromuscular orthotic could help your symptoms of TMJ, get in touch with the TMJ Centre Melbourne today to book an appointment.
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