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to Continue With Ortho Or Not?

Basically, I am having ortho work redone for cosmetic reasons. I am now having problems finding my proper bite. Ortho is ready to take off the braces and says that she has done all she can do (despite that fact that I still have a crossbite).

OVer the last month I have noticed a daily increase in TMJD symptoms. To date I have:

1. Mis-alignment of bite
2. Dizzyness/Light headed
3. Jaw deviates to the left when closed
4. Occasional popping
5. Ear stuffiness in both ears
6. Ache in my jaw muscles.

I went to see a TMJD doctor at a hospital who advised I remove my braces and if the symptoms persist use a splint or something.

I have also seen a private TMJD doctor who said that the overjet I had could be causing the symptoms, though he declined to work on my case since another ortho was still responsible.

I would prefer to get this sorted via ortho as I still have a brace on my upper arch. However, with most ortho's reluctant to take on another orthos mess up, I have few options but to get my braces taken off and hope for the best. I guess if I search hard enough I might find someone willing to adjust my bite.

Anyone else experienced TMJD following ortho treatment?
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replied October 21st, 2007
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I had all of the above. often times braces make it worse or actually cause it. I personally would rather have crooked teeth than be in pain. I know a type of doctor that could do what you need to do and still keep the bite proper. I would get the braces off and go in a different direction.
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replied October 21st, 2007
I had braces for about a month and it made my TMJ a lot worse, I had to get them removed by someone else as the guy who put them on basically works part time and wouldn't have been able to see me for 2 weeks, I think that for adults orthodontic work is pretty serious as the jaw is already fully developed and teeth are not as easily moved as when a person is younger. I am currently looking for a TMJ specialist to consult with him about what I should do next, I actually don't have much pain anymore but my bite is still off so I need to get this corrected and from what I can tell an orthodontist only can do so much as its possible that the teeth are worn or just naturally don't fit right together to where something additional may need to be done, such as capping (I'm still looking into this) to make the bite fit.
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