Your jaw joint, or Tempromandibular joint (TMJ), can be pretty sneaky. A number of issues from popping to chronic headaches can be traced to these joints. We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the strength of the tissue and gives us better insights into your treatments. Treatments that are usually as simple as applying cold compresses or wearing a removable, custom-made splint to reduce teeth grinding. In the most severe cases, we may recommend certain surgical procedures.
This is one of the most important parts of orthodontic treatment. It makes your progress permanent and, in most cases, requires a little discipline. Whether you receive a bonded retainer that’s attached to your teeth, a traditional removable retainer, or clear aligners, it’s important to care for your appliance and maintain the results you’ve worked for over the course of your treatment.
Try to wear your retainers at all times, except when brushing your teeth or eating. If you play sports, it’s best to take them out. Busted retainers are fairly expensive to replace and it’s really not fun to get whopped in the mouth with a retainer in. We can recommend some mouth guards, but you’ll still need to remove that retainer. After 12 months of full-time wear, we may revise your retention treatment, so you only have to wear it while you sleep.