Re: TMJ is DEFORMING my face!
I'm still fairly new to the TMJ thing, but my specialist showed me how much my face had shifted when he did my initial exams. I'm very asymmetrical. He is taking multiple pictures at each of my follow-up visits as well. I'm hoping that in the end, I'll be able to see a difference. It is hard to see the small changes as they happen.
He recommended an ALF (Alternative Lightwire Functional) appliance in addition to my splint therapy. The ALF appliance is a wire that is placed against the upper palet and applies gentle pressure to help shift the cranial bones back into place. I'm hoping to begin this phase of treatment fairly soon. It can be done in conjunction with phase I and phase II. It might be worth looking into.
I'm also hoping that through treatment, my muscles will eventually "loosen" up and that part of my deformation caused by the constant tight/spasming muscles improves.