The purpose of neuromuscular orthodontics is not simply straightening the teeth but aligning them harmoniously with the muscles and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If our teeth do not fit together properly the muscle and joints will over compensate or over work themselves to bring the teeth together. This accommodation will often lead to muscles to become painful.
Neuromuscular orthodontics often serves as Phase 2 of TMJ Therapy. Constant muscle forces are powerful and can move teeth. A bad bite, poor head posture, tongue habits and other factors may cause muscle forces that adversely affect the occlusion (bite); therefore, neuromuscular orthodontics is usually performed to align the teeth to retain (or hold) the newly acquired joint position after the patient has successfully completed TMD therapy, or Phase 1 treatment.
At Skyview Dental Care we can evaluate your condition and determine if neuromuscular orthodontics is right for you!