After almost 3 yrs of my treatment for tmd (splint +braces) my orthodontist told me that now my bite is almost aligned and now I can talk, laugh or eat moderately hard food as much as I want.
but before doing these activities I always fear thinking they will make worse my tmj problem as my occlusion is not totally stable and I don't get any force by my jaw muscles to do such activities effortlessly as my jaw muscles are tight even now.
Is feeling such type of discomfort is normal?
Can our lower jaw move back beyond its normal and stable position( because I have observed that my lower is moving back during the bite correction phase through braces)?
Can I talk, laugh or eat anything without any worry? Please tell me what should I do now...
Please help me 🙏.
My post tmj x-ray is given...
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To begin with, if you feel your occlusion is not stable, please let your Orthodontist know about it. The Orthodontist can re-assess or explain you the status of the occlusion.
Secondly, it is important to know that the Joint, muscles, bone and teeth work harmoniously together for functions like eating, chewing, speaking etc. With changes in any one, the others will get affected and they will take some time to get adjusted to new positions.
The lower jaw will not move beyond the achieved stability point with the occlusion and the joint.
Raise your concern to the Orthodontist about the unstable occlusion. Be patient and start with a semi-solid diet initially. do not jump to eating extremely hard food.
The idea is to give as less load to the joint and muscles as possible initially.
Wish you a speedy recovery!
P.S. : Please talk and laugh as much as you wish! It's nowhere related to your jaws or the joint.
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