I started Invisalign a few months ago, and it has been going well so far. However, I have started having a lot of pain in my jaw. The side of my face aches, and I’m suffering from horrible headaches. I cannot open my mouth all the way, and opening it even a little bit causes huge amounts of pain. What is causing this pain? Do I have TMJ disorder? Or is the Invisalign treatment to blame?
Ashleigh, from Fayatteville, NC
TMJ can be the result of many different things, but invisible aligners and orthotic devices are not the cause. Please inform your dentist, and they may agree to pause your treatment. Invisalign does change your bit, which can increase TMJ symptoms or increase the severity. If changing your bite is not the cause of your TMJ, it may be due to your genes or bad oral habits.
In summary, your Invisalign is not the cause of your TMJ, but it may have exacerbated an underlying condition. Once you stop Invisalign treatments, be sure to start seeing a cosmetic dentist that has had extensive continuing education training in treating TMJ/TMD.
This blog post is brought to you by Colorado Springs TMJ dentist, Dr. Joseph Rota, of Rota Advanced Dental.