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    Old 10-10-2009, 09:15 AM   #1
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    overbite

    Hi,
    I have tmj and an overbite. The side profile of my face looks ugly. I was thinking if having braces would aid to push my upper teeth backwards, thus improving my appearance? would this aggrevate m tmj condition? Thanks

     
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    Old 10-10-2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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    Re: overbite

    Done correctly by a orthodontist with the proper training in functional jaw orthotics and orthopedics of the jaw and mouth, braces are often used to correct a over bite and tmj issues, assuming the issue is with those. If the issue is more of a aesthetic or appearance problem - such as the profile not being attractive, there are other surgical approaches to correcting that, such as a genioplasty to bring the chin more forward, that would yield similar changes to the profile without affecting the bite and teeth alignment.

    Many of those suffering with tmj today had braces during their childhood so simply doing braces for cosmetic reasons or being treated by an orthodontist who does not have the necessary advanced training can bring with it unintentional but disastrous results later in life.

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    Re: overbite

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    Hi,
    I have tmj and an overbite. The side profile of my face looks ugly. I was thinking if having braces would aid to push my upper teeth backwards, thus improving my appearance? would this aggrevate m tmj condition? Thanks
    HI--Go on the ICCMO website and look under your state to see who's a member. If someone is near you, look on their website if they have one and see if they are a Functional Jaw Orthodontist, and a tmjd specialist as well. Make sure they do neuromuscular tmj therapy, as well as being a Functional Jaw Orthodontist. These are the people who usually have the most knowledge of your condition. Here's a good example---my daughter was born with a smaller lower jaw, but I always thought she had an overbite as her growth was progressing. I found out then that she needed to go into Functional jaw appliances to expand and grow both her upper palate, as well as her mandible, side to side width, as well as bringing her lower jaw forward. (we aren't at that stage yet.) It can be done in adults with repositional splint therapy, and braces, but I would never go to a regular ortho. for that. You need to find someone who has many yrs. of experience working with Functional jaw appliances, and ortho. Check the website out for the International College of Cranio Mandibular Orthopedics, ICCMO. Try this route before consulting with an oral surgeon. Those surgeries are very invasive, and if you can bypass that with a good Orthodonist, all the better. Good luck! ---J.

     
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