Understanding orthodontic treatment for TMJD

Orthodontic treatment for TMJD focuses on correcting the alignment of your teeth and jaw to alleviate symptoms and improve overall jaw function. It’s an integral part of our holistic approach to TMJ care.

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How Orthodontic Treatments Help TMJD Patients

  • Alignment correction: Orthodontics helps align your teeth and jaw, reducing strain on the TMJ and alleviating pain and discomfort.
  • Reduced pressure: Proper alignment ensures even distribution of bite forces, preventing excessive pressure on the jaw joint.
  • Improved function: Orthodontic treatment enhances your bite function, making it easier to eat and speak without discomfort.
  • Comprehensive care: Combining orthodontics with other TMJD treatments ensures a well-rounded approach to your condition.

Types of Orthodontic Treatments for TMJ

Orthodontic treatment for TMJD involves various techniques and appliances designed to correct misalignment issues and alleviate TMJ-related symptoms. At the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, we offer several types of orthodontic treatments tailored to the unique needs of TMJD patients:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces are a reliable and effective option for TMJD patients. They consist of brackets and wires that gently guide your teeth into proper alignment, reducing pressure on the TMJ.

Clear aligners

Clear aligners, like Invisalign, provide a discreet alternative to traditional braces. These custom-made, removable aligners gradually shift your teeth, improving jaw function and relieving TMJ-related discomfort.

Functional appliances

Functional appliances, such as Herbst appliances, are designed to correct bite irregularities. They reposition the lower jaw, promoting proper alignment and reducing stress on the TMJ.

Palatal expanders

Palatal expanders are used when narrow arches contribute to TMJD symptoms. These devices widen the upper jaw, creating more space for teeth and promoting proper jaw alignment.


Retainers are often used after orthodontic treatment to maintain the results and prevent relapse. They play a crucial role in preserving the alignment of your teeth and supporting long-term TMJD relief.

Custom orthodontic treatments

Our holistic approach means we address the root causes of TMJD, not just symptoms, for long-term relief. Additionally, we provide a wide range of therapies in-house, including BOTOX, cold laser therapy, functional nasal breathing, chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, and myofunctional therapy (physical therapy focused on the mouth and tongue muscles), enhancing your overall experience and saving you time and money.

Our patient-centered approach means we are dedicated to your overall well-being, providing emotional and psychological support to help you on your journey to improved jaw health. When you choose us, you will be cared for by a team committed to your overall health and a better quality of life. Contact us today to explore how orthodontic treatment can benefit your TMJD treatment plan and experience the difference of comprehensive, patient-focused care.

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Why choose us for orthodontic treatments?

At the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, we stand out as leaders in providing comprehensive care for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) patients. Our commitment to your well-being goes beyond traditional medical care. Led by Dr. Amin Samadian, Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, our experienced team specializes in TMJ care, ensuring you receive expert guidance throughout your orthodontic treatment.

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Orthodontic TX for TMJD Patients FAQ

Can orthodontic treatment cure TMJD?

How long does orthodontic treatment for TMJD take?

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

How long does orthodontic treatment for TMJD take?

Are orthodontic appliances customized for TMJD patients?

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Can orthodontic treatment cure TMJD?

Orthodontic treatment can significantly improve TMJD symptoms by correcting alignment issues and reducing strain on the TMJ. However, it is often used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

How long does orthodontic treatment for TMJD take?

The duration of treatment varies based on individual needs but typically ranges from several months to a few years.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Orthodontic treatment may cause some discomfort initially, but any discomfort is usually manageable and temporary. It’s common to experience mild soreness or pressure in the days following adjustments or when starting a new aligner tray. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any discomfort. Our experienced team will work closely with you to ensure your orthodontic treatment is as comfortable as possible.

How long does orthodontic treatment for TMJD take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment for TMJD varies based on individual needs and the complexity of the case. While some patients may see improvement within a few months, others may require treatment for a few years. During your initial consultation, we’ll provide you with a personalized treatment plan, including an estimate of how long your specific treatment is expected to take. Throughout your journey, we’ll monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed to achieve the best possible results.

Are orthodontic appliances customized for TMJD patients?

Yes, orthodontic appliances are customized to address the specific needs of TMJD patients, ensuring effective results.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

Orthodontic treatment may cause some discomfort initially but is usually manageable and temporary.

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Our Founder:
Dr. Amin Samadian

Dr. Amin Samadian is a leader in TMJ and sleep apnea treatments in San Francisco and nationwide. He is a passionate advocate for next-generation procedures, offering his patients the most advanced techniques and treatments available worldwide. His approach is a true integration of art, science, and technology, setting the stage for a healthcare experience like no other.

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