Re: Skipping NM splints for orthodontics
That is certainly something to talk to your orthodontist about. It was my orthodontist who actually did my Phase I splint before I moved to braces. Honestly, I wouldn't have trusted a regular dentist to make a splint for me unless they were highly trained in tmjd treatment.
There is a reason they have braces as one of the options for Phase II of TMJ treatment though.
With splint therapy, you are able get the muscles in the jaw/face loosened up and allow your bite to adjust to a more natural "correct" positioning first. This phase is not permanent. Depending on your needs, the repositioning splint may not take all that long. Some people are ready to move to Phase II in as soon as 3 months. I think an average is about 6 months. This phase helped me get my TMJD symptoms under control.
My braces treatment would have been much more painful and difficult without first having the splint first.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Last edited by MountainReader; 05-30-2012 at 08:15 PM.