Is it normal to get Bad TMJ After Getting Braces Taken Off?

No, but anytime teeth are moved around and there are changes to the bite, there can be bad bite issues and potentially TMJ Pain. People who need braces normally have more problems than their teeth not being straight. Just because the teeth have been straightened does not mean how teeth line up top to bottom is right and all the problems with how the jaw works have been resolved. Many things happen in the mouth.

What happens in the mouth that influence TMJ Disorder and Need Evaluated:

  1. Breathing – Breathing is one of the primary things that happens in the mouth. When the mouth is too small, space for the tongue is crowded  and the tongue can become displaced into the throat and get in the way of proper breathing function.
  2. Talking – believe it or not, when things are not right in the mouth there can be speech problems.
  3. Tongue function – when the tongue is crowded or crooked teeth are in the way, there can be issues with proper tongue function and swallowing
  4. Swallowing – improper swallowing can lead to tongue thrusts the push the teeth around and cause instability. A retainer will not hold everything.
  5. Smiling
  6. Head Posture – the relationship of the upper and lower jaw has everything to do with posture. Long Story!

When people are asking for braces there is usually a reason such as tooth crowding, cooked teeth, teeth not lining up top to bottom, teeth unsightly and out of position.  To the patients, these problems are usually complaints about how things look. Braces can be used to get teeth straight, but do not always correct all the other more functional issues-the same issues that can lead to TMJ Pain, Jaw Pain and possibly Sleep Apnea and Upper Airway Restriction Syndrome (UARS).

How Can Braces contribute to TMJ Problems:

braces cause TMJWhen Braces are removed, the teeth may be too far back in the mouth and not allow enough room for the Tongue. The Tongue can be displaced into the throat especially at night and get in the way of night time breathing. Braces can change the size and shape of the upper and lower jaws-that is hold the outward growth of the face back from happening. Worse, braces can be used for retraction or backward movement of the jaws and teeth-this is bad almost everytime. Often times, braces will not correct a bad bite completely and the use of expanders or even surgery may be necessary. The DNA Appliance is the best appliance for TMJ disorders and Sleep Apnea / UARS problems in adults. The ALF Appliance is the appliance is the best appliance for tooth crowding and small jaws in children.