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Hi, I've had this problem for a few years now. I'm 16 years old and I've noticed that my jaw is deviated to the right, and my right jaw joint clicks/pops, and the asymmetry is really aggravating me. I was wondering whether there was a treatment that was surgery-free because I don't want to have implants or cuts to my jaw. I don't know if the reason is because the tmj is out of its place or maybe because of something else, but I also have malocclusion which is another factor to why my jaw has the asymmetry. I will be going to the orthodontics to get an xray and possibly get my braces on, but I want to know whether braces would fix the asymmetry in my jaw or should I visit someone else, but please, I don't want surgery. I also want to mention that my right side of my face feels 'tight' and I don't know why. Mad
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replied July 17th, 2011
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amrowh1,

If your jaw problem is due to your malocclusion, then straightening the teeth will take care of it. But, since it has been there a while, while you were growing, it may already be a structural problem.

Discuss the problem with the orthodontist. He/she can examine the TMJ's and the rest of your jaw and face. If there is something that needs to be done, you will be referred to the appropriate specialist: dentist, ENT, maxiofacial, plastics, etc.

Good luck.
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replied July 19th, 2011
Ok,so this is my problem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHDNeMMFWp8 &feature=channel_video_title

and I want it to be fixed WITHOUT breaking my jaw or adding fake pieces to it to make it "seem" symmetric.

Since is a problem with the teeth as well if you look in the animation the teeth shift outward, so can braces do that with the use of elastics?

Or should I just go to a NeuroMuscular Dentist that can take care of the entire thing.
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replied July 19th, 2011
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amrowh,

Again, it really depends upon your particular deformity. In some cases, braces (of whatever type) to shift the position of the teeth will take care of it. In others, a tooth has to be removed so other teeth can be moved in that direction.

If you already have a deformity in the mandible and other facial bones, then about the only way to fix that is to cut the bone, move it, and then fix it with hardware.

The only way to know is to have an evaluation. You might want to get the opinions of several different doctors. Then pick the method that is going to do what you want, the way you want it done.

Good luck.
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replied July 19th, 2011
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