In some cases when the teeth and the jaws do not meet properly and can not be aligned with the braces alone, a combination of braces and surgery can put them back in balance and create an esthetic smile and proper bite. We are very experienced with this treatment and have an excellent oral surgeon as part of the team.
Many people who suffer from such seemingly disparate symptoms as, joint noises, headaches, earaches, tenderness of the jaw muscles, or dull, aching facial pain often share a common problem. These people may suffer from a family of problems relating to the jaw (temporomandibular, or “TM”) joint. These problems are often referred to as TM disorders. The muscles and joints may not function properly, resulting in cycles of pain and spasms. TM disorders can have a variety of causes and, in many cases, can be successfully treated.
Although I will always present an ideal treatment to our patients, there are times when optional treatments or a compromised treatment is preferred by the patient. We respect and honor our patients’ right to choose, and will do our best with whatever the final treatment is.