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Orthodontic Interventions for TMJ: A Closer Look with Dr. Mingus

What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and how can it be treated by orthodontists like Dr. Mingus? To understand the problem and the solutions, it’s necessary to take a closer look at the condition and the interventions available, as well as a professional’s perspective.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull, and is one of the most used joints in the body, as it is used for talking, chewing, yawning, and other movements. The disorder occurs when the joint is damaged or not functioning correctly. It causes pain and discomfort, and can impact quality of life severely.

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ

There are a number of signs and symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Common symptoms are pain around the jaw, especially when speaking, chewing, or yawning, popping or clicking sounds, jaw soreness, swelling around the jaw, teeth grinding, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, headaches, and more.

Treatment Options for TMJ

Treatment options for TMJ vary, depending on the severity of the problem and the individual’s needs. Some professionals, like orthodontists, may focus on minimizing the stress and strain that the joint is experiencing. This can be done through orthodontic interventions, such as aligning the teeth so that the joint is not experiencing extra stress from misaligned teeth.

In addition to orthodontic interventions, there are other treatment options available, including physical therapy, relaxation techniques, medications, and, in severe and unresponsive cases, surgery. Taking care of one’s teeth and having regular checkups is also important to maintain joint health and prevent future issues.

Dr. Mingus’ Perspective

To provide a closer look into how orthodontists can help those with TMJ disorder, Dr. Mingus, a New York-based orthodontist, explained. “When patients come into the office complaining of symptoms related to TMJ disorder, it’s really important to get a thorough understanding of their history and circumstances,” Dr. Mingus stated. “Addressing their misaligned teeth, if that’s the issue, is an important part of that process.”

Dr. Mingus stated that an orthodontic professional can assist in preventing additional stress and strain on the joint by aligning the teeth. By ensuring a proper alignment between the upper and lower teeth’s arches, the joint will experience less pressure and can begin to heal. This can be done in a minimally invasive way, using one of many orthodontic technologies available.


Having TMJ disorder can be a painful, chronic issue. Thankfully, treatment options for those with the condition are many, and orthodontic professionals like Dr. Mingus seek to help ease the discomfort of those with TMJ by aligning the teeth. With the right interventions, those with TMJ disorder will be able to live their best, most comfortable life.