MYOALINGER TREATMENT FOR TMJ & JAW PROBLEMS IN PORTLAND, OR
We offer innovative and revolutionary solutions to patients who are looking to improve dental and facial aesthetics.
Poor jaw alignment, muscle spasm, and TMJ related pain can often be traced back to the way our teeth mesh together. Poor facial profile, facial asymmetry, accelerated aging of the face, tucked back chin or a retracted lower jaw that negatively impacts the jaw joints and neck alignment.
We used different methods to relax the jaw muscles naturally which allows the lower jaw to realign to the optimal rest position of the muscles. When the facial and neck muscles are calm and aligned, the face looks more youthful, and most patients experience relief from muscle spasm, jaw joint compression, Migraine temple headaches, jaw pain, neck pain and many other symptoms that may seem unrelated.
WHAT IS MYOALINGER TREATMENT?
Myoaligner treatment is an innovative approach to orthodontic care that targets not only the alignment of your teeth but also the function of your oral and facial muscles. This unique treatment method focuses on correcting imbalances in the jaw and facial muscles, which can lead to a variety of issues, including misaligned teeth, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, and other health problems.
The Myoaligner treatment involves the use of a series of custom-made oral appliances called Myoaligners. These devices are designed to reposition the jaw and retrain the muscles, leading to improved oral function and alleviating symptoms associated with jaw disorders. Unlike traditional orthodontics, which primarily focuses on straightening teeth, Myoaligner treatment addresses the root cause of many dental and health issues, providing a lasting and detailed solution.
It's important to know that Myoaligner treatment requires a commitment to regular appliance use and completion of prescribed myofunctional therapy exercises. The duration of the treatment varies depending on the individual's specific needs and the complexity of each situation.
UNDERSTANDING TMJ PROBLEMS
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as TMJ, is a condition that affects the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. This joint, responsible for movements like chewing and speaking, can cause significant discomfort and functional issues when not working correctly.
TMJ disorders can result from various factors, including jaw injury, arthritis, stress-induced teeth grinding (bruxism), and even certain genetic predispositions. Symptoms often include persistent jaw pain, headaches, difficulty opening or closing the mouth, earaches, and a clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw.
These symptoms can significantly impact your daily life, making routine activities such as eating, talking, and even sleeping more challenging. If left untreated, TMJ disorders can lead to more severe health issues, including chronic pain, sleep apnea, and difficulties with digestion due to inadequate chewing.
JAW ALIGNMENT AND POSTURE ASSESSMENT
Prior to treatment, patients receive a comprehensive examination by our dentists that goes beyond a regular dental exam. Evaluating the masticatory muscles, jaw alignment, tooth alignment, posture, breathing and swallowing functions, facial profile issues, orthodontic evaluation of digital oral impressions, and smile and posture photos analysis are among the areas we focus on during the initial comprehensive evaluation. After the primary evaluation, we may recommend more in-depth diagnostic modalities like a CT scan of the head and neck, computerized jaw tracking, sleep study, EMGs to record muscle activity, TMJ sonography, and more. Depending on your diagnosis, we may refer you to other specialists for a comprehensive care approach.
Through several consultation appointments, we discuss the results of the diagnostic data and inform you of several treatment options so you can make an educated decision about the care that fits you the best. We use a variety of custom dental devices and technologies to address your chief concern, and we offer long-term solutions like orthodontic and restorative treatment that impact your overall health.
JAW ALIGNMENT AND SLEEP APNEA
The latest research has shown that there is a close relationship between tooth grinding, clenching, TMJ disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, and snoring. Many patients grind and clench their teeth to allow more air to enter the body during sleep, damaging their teeth and jaw joints surrounding muscles. Our providers collaborate with board-certified sleep specialists to diagnose the root cause of the problem and help provide optimal care rather than just masking the symptoms.
JAW PAIN TREATMENT
Oftentimes, when a patient is experiencing jaw alignment issues, pain can develop due to the misalignment of the jaw. This pain compounds over time, leading to increased discomfort during speaking, chewing, and other actions involving the jaw's repeated opening and closing. With our innovative treatment protocols, jaw pain may be alleviated after a non-invasive treatment with ulf-TENS to stimulate and relax the muscles.
JAW APPLIANCE THERAPY
Our non-invasive TMJ orthotics often eliminate your symptoms within a few weeks. With proper evaluation, fitting, and usage, these treatment protocols and devices can address many of the issues associated with jaw misalignment. After performing a jaw alignment and posture assessment, your dentist will send all findings to the lab. The dental records provided by the dentist are used to custom-craft the TMJ orthotics. Once the dentist receives the device, therapy should begin immediately. Through proper instruction, a thorough jaw alignment and posture assessment, and patient use in accordance with professional direction, the treatment should significantly help a patient overcome the problems associated with improper jaw alignment.
HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS?
● Underbite or overbite that affects the facial profile and leads to chronic discomfort
● Regularly occurring headaches as a result of tension in jaw muscles
● Severe tooth grinding that has damaged your teeth
● A collapsed or sunken facial profile
● TMJ pain that has remained consistent despite your best efforts to overcome it
● Poor jaw alignment that leads to chronic pain and discomfort
● Spasms in jaw muscles
● Reduced self-confidence due to issues with your facial profile
If you answered YES to any of these above issues, you might benefit from treatment. Contact the team at Aesthetic Smiles to learn more about our services. One of the Aesthetic Smiles team members will be happy to set up an appointment for you!
Aesthetic Smiles offers TMJ solutions for Oregon patients, including the following areas:
● Oak Hills
● Cedar Mill
● Cedar Hills
● Cedar Mill
● Lake Oswego
● And beyond!
MYOALIGNER AND TMJ RELATED PAIN FAQs
How long does Myoaligner treatment take?
The duration of Myoaligner treatment varies depending on the individual's specific needs and the complexity of their case. However, most patients can expect to see significant improvements within a few months.
Is Myoaligner treatment painful?
Myoaligner treatment is typically not painful. Some patients may experience minor discomfort as their jaw adjusts to the new alignment, but this usually subsides quickly.
Can I eat with my Myoaligner in?
No, it's recommended that you remove your Myoaligner before eating or drinking anything other than water to prevent damage to the device.
Will Myoaligner affect my speech?
There may be a slight adjustment period where your speech is affected, but most patients report that they quickly adapt, and their speech returns to normal.
How often will I need to wear my Myoaligner?
This can vary based on your specific treatment plan, but generally, the Myoaligner should be worn as much as possible for optimal results.
How do I clean my Myoaligner?
Your Myoaligner should be cleaned daily using a soft toothbrush and mild soap. Avoid using harsh cleaners or boiling water, which can damage the device.
What happens if I lose or break my Myoaligner?
If your Myoaligner gets lost or broken, contact your dental professional immediately. They can guide you on the next steps and arrange for a replacement if necessary.