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I've had TMJ for a number of years, and it used to be very bad. Constant discomfort, getting "lock jaw," etc. I had braces (didn't wear the rubber bands) and that seemed to help. Now my jaw only pops with no pain, but there's a lot of stress on my neck due to one of my jaws being much larger (longer?) then the other one, making my face asymmetrical, and constantly causing my physical and emotional stress. I see a chiropractor regularly, and I'm still a teenager.

What should I do to correct this? What type of doctor should I see, and does jaw surgery really cost $10+ thousand dollars? I'd like my jaw to be symmetrical as soon as possible above all else. I can live with the rest.

edit: My chiropractor doesn't do anything about my jaw problems. I'm not in much pain, its just the symmetry that bothers me.
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replied April 18th, 2008
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i dont think that one of your jaws is larger---the jaw is one peice. im pretty sure that your braces is the cause of this problem. Chiropractic is good--keep it up--tell him about your jaw problems. if you dont tell him he cant do anyting about it---ask him to adjust your jaw--he can do it. if he wont--try to educate him--bring him all the info on it that you can get your hands on it

surgery is your last option--and yes it does cost upwards of 10 thousand. mine was more than 50 thousand--just for the hospital,then you have to pay the anesthesiologist, the pathologist and the surgeon. however most tmj patients dont need surgery. lots have it because they dont have the right treaments or doctors to treat them.

Id get into a neuromuscular dentist. my jaw was asymetrical and now its looking pretty much symetrical. if you need help finding one of these let me know --i can help
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replied April 18th, 2008
I'd just like my jaw to be symmetrical.

I live on the Mississippi/Louisiana border. Thanks for your help.


You say you had jaw surgery? Then the Neuromuscular dentist couldn't help you/fix the problem?

edit; Are you sure that one jaw isn't bigger then the other. One side of my face is much bigger/longer, and my bad bite is genetic. Just touching my jaw, one side feels much bigger then the other. I've read about defects in people where one jaw grows faster then the other.

I also don't have the money for surgery heh.

More information about me is that I've also had tinnitus as long as I can remember. And a lot of people on my mother's side of the family (Don't know my genetic father) have cross bites or over bites and very mild asymmetrical faces (One cheekbone slightly larger then the other, a slightly misaligned eye, some have bad posture, etc.). My mother is deaf in one ear, but she claims that she blew an eardrum from music, so unless she's lying, it isn't a birth defect.

In pictures of me when I was younger, my face wasn't noticeably asymmetrical.
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replied September 26th, 2013
Not sure why people are saying one side can't be bigger. I have uneven condyles (the length of one is longer than the other), so I have an asymmetrical jaw which causes it to be tilted. I know exactly what you are saying. I decided not to go with jaw surgery and opted for neuromuscular dentistry. I am very happy with my results! Your jaw doesn't have to be symmetrical to not have any pain. However, if you wanted to visually fix it so it is perfectly straight, you could probably only fix it with surgery. I researched that route and realized it's very invasive and you may end up with bigger problems. I know the feeling of being self-conscious about this, but chances are no one else notices. Most people are asymmetrical, and it's okay. No one is perfect! I have such an extreme cant to my jaw that the dentist brought in a nurse to show how off center it was! lol. At first I was upset by this thought, but now I am just happy that I don't have to live with pain. Actually, even my dentist's jaw is noticeable canted and she openly admits it. Ultimately it's all about your comfort, and if you end up in more pain from changing your jaw, it's really not worth it. Your jaw affects your body from head to toe, including your neck, shoulders, hips, etc. So it's a big deal to start moving things around. Just some things to consider. Good luck!
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replied April 20th, 2008
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go neuromuscualr

yes the jaw is all one bone one side cant be bigedr.
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replied February 23rd, 2012
One side of your jaw can grow longer than other side.I have a right hemi-mandibular elongation.This essentially is a growth disorder where there is recurrence of growth in the right mandibular condyle and hence it's abnormal shape.I have a slightly asymmetrical face with a longer right mandibular ramus and bowing of the left lower border. I have a slight occlusal cant. If you look at photos over the years you can usually tell when your jaw had changed.
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replied February 23rd, 2012
One side of your jaw can grow longer than other side.I have a right hemi-mandibular elongation.This essentially is a growth disorder where there is recurrence of growth in the right mandibular condyle and hence it's abnormal shape.I have a slightly asymmetrical face with a longer right mandibular ramus and bowing of the left lower border. I have a slight occlusal cant. If you look at photos over the years you can usually tell when your jaw had changed.
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replied April 22nd, 2012
One side of my jaw is two centre meters longer than the other side. I had an operation when I was a teen to try to fix the problems I had because of it.
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replied February 13th, 2009
Well, this is an old post, but I have the EXACT same problem. asymmetrical face.. only the left side clicks. Mine is quite painful, though. I feel like my face looks like I'm looking in a funhouse mirror. It's probably not that bad, but it's miserable.
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replied February 13th, 2009
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Hi Anenome, I was born with the left side of my face/jaw large that than the right. It's called Hemi facial hypertrophy, I was medically diagnosed when I was 8. When I was 18 I had reconstructive surgery, and was fine for 10 years. Then the bone in my left jaw started growing and I have had on average 1 operation every 2 years. But it keeps growing. Seeing a maxiofacial specialist may help get a correct diagnosis and treatment. But I agree with TMJ world, surgery has to be a last resort, as it is not worth it half the time.
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replied February 24th, 2009
Hi...
I'm actually going to the surgeon tomorrow in preparation for surgery. I have an asymmetrical jaw, and I noticed it beginning to grow since around the age of 15. I'm 20 now and have had enough! Yes the jaw can be longer. In fact, that's what they're going to do to me. I'm going to have braces for 12-18 months and then have surgery. They're going to cut a piece of my jaw off and then glue it back together. I live in Canada and this will apparently cost me around 6-7 grand. I don't have a constant pain, but I too have emotional pain. I hate having pictures taken of myself usually, and never smile wide (showing my lower teeth) because there's quite the gap between my left side/front teeth. There's definitely an obvious underbite on my left side due to my jaw being longer on that side. Hope this helps!
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replied May 25th, 2009
Hi
Gosh I'm so glad I'm not the only person going through this! I'm an 18 year old girl with very crooked teeth ( I never open my mouth when smiling for pictures) Also, one side of my face looks longer and larger than the other. The left side click when I yawn or eat hard foods. My self esteem is at the lowest it could be. I have absolutely no confidence! I hate looking at myself in the mirror and cringe at pictures that I'm in. Ive been on a waiting list for braces for about 10 years now. The Irish Health Board is an absolute joke! I'm in such a bad emotional state right now in what are meant to be the best years of your life...
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replied May 25th, 2009
Hi Falling Angel, I know its hard but don't let it get to you! You are still the same person, despite changes to your appearance. I have been down that road, where you don't talk to anyone because you will be judged. I estranged myself from a lot of people and missed out on meeting a lot of new people-it's not worth isolating yourself. You have to put yourself out there. I understand how you feel, but don't let the best things pass you by because you are worried about your appearance-let people see you for who you are not what you look like!
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replied July 7th, 2009
Jawline assemtry
Hi, as a baby/kid I had misaligned teeth due to sucking my thumb. I sucked my thumb pretty much up too 15 years old or so. At about 15 years old I went to the orthodonist to get braces. He decided along with the braces to install this thing in my mouth called a "herpse". Cant find anything about on Google. Maybe it was to push up my chin due to my some what recessed chin due to sucking my thumb? I have no idea if anyone knows what the hell it is and respond that be great. Well i finally got all the sh*t removed last summer. I was always a little self conscious about my jaw line , but the past couple of months i've started to notice tremendous asymmetry between the right and left side of my jaw. The right side looks like I have a Brad Pitt Jaw and the left side is nothing, barely a jaw line showing, Im tremendously discomforted inside due to the straight forward appearance of my face. What can I do/where do i go to address and fix this problem? I will post pictures if anyone needs help to diagnose me what to do. I really would like to talk to someone about this you can write me if you want. I really appreciate your time.

O btw i forgot to mention I am now 19 years old. Im sorry i am not the greatest writer cant describe or tell stories to well
any questions regarding this due to not describing to well i would love to answer.
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replied November 18th, 2009
Assymetrical Jawline

Hi, I am 23 yrs old and also suffering the same way with you guys. Me, my sister and my dad are all assymetrical. I learned from a filipina model who also has an assymetrical jawline that she had botox around the larger jaw and it softens the jawline 50%. I am also thinking of doing the same rather than undergo a surgery. But yeah, having this assymetrical face is really disturbing me a lot. My right jaw gives a click when I bite on hard piece of food or when I yawn too big. Also, when I bite I feel that the larger side at the back of the set of my teeth doesnt meet with each other, the upper and lower part. But then again, I would be one of the happiest person to get my face corrected!
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replied December 16th, 2009
there are two types of jaw asymmetry. the first relates to the relationship between the upper and lower jaw in which one jaw bone is too large or too small in relation to the other side..the second condition refers to the upper or lower jaw bone being too small or large in relation to the other side.
so you have the upper and lower jaw, there are two bones. and yes one side can be smaller or larger even if there is one bone. asymmetry is very normal actually and if its purely for cosmetic reasons and not causing physical problems you should talk to a plastic surgeon. if its causing physical problems and pain you should see a maxillofacial surgeon. yes, jaw surgery could easily cost you 25-30 000 dollars but remember there is no guarantee that it will improve your symmetry and i know alot of people who ended up with more asymmetry than they had in the first place because aligning your teeth while one of your jawbones are asymmetric wont do much at all if your entire jaw and probably your whole face is smaller on one side anyway. you should get an x-ray to point of which type of asymmetry you have.
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replied April 17th, 2010
I am 15 and my jaw growing more on one side than the other. I have been to see an orthadontist and a surgeon. They have to wait until my jaw has finished going because if they operated and my jaw grew again it would just screw everything up.
As far as I know the process will be;
-Braces for 9 months to align my teeth for when my jaw is corrected.
-Jaw surgery. they will go in through the inside of my mouth in the cheek (gross I know)My jaw has to be broken then realigned. I think I may get a metal hinge on one side of my jaw but i'm not sure.
-My jaw will then be wired shut for six weeks which should be interesting...yay liquid meat mmmm!
-Then I will have braces for a year just to make my teeth are extra straight.

Next year is going to be hard.
If anyone else is going through this it would be cool to get in contact.
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replied April 29th, 2010
My Face sucks :(
I''m also 15, male. And I also have an asymmetrical face. My right eye is a little bit bigger than my left one and I hate my nose because it''s big and I have a hump Sad and now I just noticed my jaw and that the right side goes further down than the left side. It also hurts a little when I touch it and the bone feels different than the other side, it''s like sharper (I have a jaw just like Robert pattinsons). Anyways all of these things are making my life he''ll because I''ve missed so much school because of it Sad I also have an overbite and the right side of my teeth are not straight (from sucking my thumb lol). I''m depressed because of all this.
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replied July 20th, 2010
Dear Sunny_Day,

I'm going through the same thing as you! For now I've already had my braces on for 4 months..how about you? And anyway the braces is making my lower jaw seem more protruded though it wasn't so last time. I really want my jaw to be symmetrical. Sigh.
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replied November 12th, 2010
I noticed my jaw-line assymetry three years ago. It was as if it came out of nowhere....I know I wasn't born this way! I also noticed that my bite was off-- the top and bottom teeth did not line up and the back teeth were touching on one side and not the other. When I consulted my dentist about it, he dismissed it as a minor defect that I probably just hadn't noticed before and said that it was my "natural bite".

I sucked it up for three years accepting the fact that I just had a slightly messed up face. Mind you I was a model/actress and constantly avoiding certain camera angles throughout this time. It was very distressing!

Finally a few months ago, pain and clicking alerted me to get things checked out by a specialist of some sort. My mom suggested consulting my old orthodontist from when i was a child (i went through braces in my youth, I am now 31 years old). The orthodontist took panoramic X-rays of my skull. What did the skeleton image of my head reveal? Yes, in fact my jaw WAS shorter on one side than the other and NO I was not born that way as evidenced by the DR's records of previous X rays he had taken of my skull over the years.

So, I will tell you this....if you suspect a structural problem with your jaw, do not let anyone tell you that that is just the way you are! jaw bones move, slip, and dislocate over time from wear and tear, arthiritis , trauma and/or a misaligned bite. Go to an orthodontist and get the panoramic X-ray. It will begin to shed some light on the problem.

In my case, the jaw dislocation was caused by a degeneration of the joint on one side. This root cause of this is being investigated in the next few weeks. I go for an MRI scan so the Dr. can see exactly what is wrong with the disc and tissues inside the joint. Surgery is very possible for me and yes, they assure me that repairing the joint and re-aligning the jaw by breaking it and resetting will improve both my appearance and my bite. I will wear braces for nine months prior to surgery to re-align the teeth the way they should be once the jaw is restructured. Hope my story clears up a few things about your steps to figuring this out. Any questions, shoot them my way!
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replied September 29th, 2011
hi was just curious about a update and what was the technical term of your condition it soounds very similiar to mine, i would like to bring it up with my specialist.
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replied November 9th, 2011
This sounds like what's wrong with me!
Now, I'm 18 but when I was 12-15 I had braces and towards the end of it, my orthodontist told me my jaw was a little bit shorter on one side and while it wasn't a problem then, he said it could become one. Now, it's gotten to the point where it clicks with everything I eat, and locks up on occasion, like when brushing my teeth. Today, it's been locked up for about 4 hours, and when that's happens I can't eat anything, because I can't open it and even chewing through something like cheese hurts. I've told my mom to make me a an appointment for when school gets out for Christmas break!
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replied December 21st, 2010
I too recently noticed my asymmetrical face. I was not born with the asymmetry in my jawbone but started noticing it about two years ago around my 18th birthday. At first, I blew it off because the left side was only slighly asymmetrical and was hardly noticable. However, the left side continued to grow and now it pertrudes nearly half a inch more than the right side. So, yes it is very possible to have asymmetrical faces. At first I was very depressed and I kept asking myself what I should do. And kept wondering, "why me?". So I decided to go to the orthodontist and recieve his opinion. He explained that asymmetrical faces are actually pretty common, with some being more acute than others. He suggested surgery, though it would be costly and didn't gaurentee the results I wanted. I decided not to have surgery but instead to work out the right side of my face with special exercises. And hence increase the muscle on the right side to make up for the asymmetry. So, far it seems to work and I am satisfied. I am still a decent looking guy and haven't really had any problem getting woman. I have been call handsome and on occasion gorgeous. I realized when I eat healthy, workout, and just not sweat the small things I develope this glow to me and people seem to not even notice the asymmetry. This is the way I am, bad, good, or indifferent, this is who I am and I've learned to accept it. It took some time, but I've realized life is too short to dwell on it. I wish the best of luck to everyone going through the same struggle. Remain strong because the best of your days are yet to come.
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replied December 21st, 2010
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Almost EVERYBODY is asymmetrical .... any of you that have a front on photo and can do some photoshopping will be really surprised at how a mirror image of our two "halves" can be 2 totally different people !!! We also have to realize that, as kids, we fall and bang our chins a lot as we grow up. Often, a slight acute compression of the condyles ( the ball joint at the and of your mandible ) can disrupt the growth plate slightly and end up in slower growth in one or the other condyle. This will lead to a slight asymmetry, that is often masked by soft tissue and is often not readily noticible. If it is noticible, surgery is generally the only option.
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replied March 8th, 2012
My daughter has just been diagnosd with Hemi facial hypertrophy resulting from left torticollis and right rear plagiocephaly. she is 13 months old. it is somewhat conmforting seeing she is not alone, and somewhat horrible seeing this pain she will go through once she is older. hers is already very noticable.
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replied March 18th, 2012
I'm a 15, male, and about a year ago I realized I also had a asymmetrical jaw line because my friend pointed it out, so I started going to the doctor, I got a CT scan and then a MRI scan and they didn't find anything in my jaw like a tumor or anything like that, so the doctor told me to wait 6 more months and go back to see if it's going down, but that doctor is stupid how will a asymmetrical jaw line go down, that was about a month ago, oh and btw I didn't have a asymmetrical jaw when I was a kid, I was looking back
through old family pictures and you can see it growing when I was about 10, and ever since I realized I had a asymmetrical jaw line I've been super depressed and stressed out, I hate taking pictures or looking at myself in the mirror, and when I talk to people I always put my head down, it's killing me inside, I've been having suicidal thoughts, and tonight I was even crying and that's why I decided to do further more research and that's how I came upon this site, I just need help, what kind of doctor should I go see now, what can I do? Sad
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