TMJ and How Orthodontics Help

Envision a world where yawning, chewing, and laughing don’t result in jaw pain. Are you experiencing any of these issues? Are you looking for relief?  If so, take heart. Dr. Wesley has been treating these kinds of problems in Clinton Township and Grosse Pointe Woods for a long time. Relief may seem unattainable for those living with a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. However, through orthodontics, this dream can become a reality. Join us as we explore TMJ disorders and how the orthodontic treatments at Lifetime Orthodontics that help to create a pain-free life.

Understanding TMJ Disorders (TMD)

TMJ disorders are conditions causing pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. These disorders significantly affect one’s quality of life, turning basic activities like talking, eating, and even smiling into uncomfortable tasks.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary but often include jaw pain or tenderness, discomfort while chewing, facial pain, and an audible clicking or grating sound in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth. Some people may also experience jaw locking, which makes it hard to open or close the mouth.

Various factors can cause TMJ disorders, including jaw injury, aging, arthritis in the TMJ, bad bites (malocclusions), habitual teeth clenching or grinding, and stress, which may lead to unconscious facial and jaw muscle tightening.

Symptoms shouldn’t be ignored. If untreated, TMD can cause severe health issues like chronic jaw pain, headaches, and teeth damage. At Lifetime Orthodontics, Dr. Wesley and our team are committed to helping patients understand their symptoms and providing top-quality care. If you’re experiencing TMD symptoms, we urge you to schedule a free consultation with us immediately.

How Orthodontics Can Help With TMD

Orthodontic treatments are vital in managing TMD. Our focus is to correct tooth and jaw alignment, often significantly relieving TMD symptoms.

Dr. Wesley can help by addressing malocclusion (“bad bites”) or misaligned teeth. Malocclusion can add extra pressure on your jaw joint, leading to TMD symptoms. By correcting tooth alignment, orthodontic treatments can distribute biting pressure evenly across your teeth, reducing strain on the TMJ.

Our Grosse Pointe Woods and Clinton Township offices offer several options to help. Traditional braces, one of the most common orthodontic treatments, are used to correct malocclusions. Braces use brackets and wires to gradually move the teeth into the correct position, improving jaw joint function. 

Invisalign, or clear aligners, are another TMD treatment option. These custom-made, removable aligners move the teeth gradually. They are ideal for patients who prefer a less visible treatment option.

Other orthodontic appliances may sometimes be used to treat TMD. These devices include splints and night guards, which reduce teeth grinding and clenching, common TMD contributors.

Every patient is unique, and the best orthodontic treatment for TMD depends on individual symptoms and needs. A comprehensive evaluation is necessary to determine the most effective treatment plan.

Join us as we explore TMJ disorders and how the orthodontic treatments at Lifetime Orthodontics help to create a pain-free life.

The Difference Lifetime Orthodontics Makes

Lifetime Orthodontics understands that treating TMD is about alleviating symptoms and improving patients’ overall quality of life. This is where Dr. Wesley’s expertise and commitment to personalized patient care genuinely shine.

As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Wesley deeply understands TMD’s complexities. He has extensive training in various orthodontic treatments. He stays updated with the latest advancements in the field, allowing him to offer his patients the most effective, state-of-the-art care.

Dr. Wesley’s commitment to personalized care truly sets him apart. He understands each patient’s uniqueness, takes time to understand their concerns, and develops a treatment plan tailored to their needs.

At Lifetime Orthodontics, we don’t just treat TMD; we help our patients lead more comfortable, confident lives. And that’s a difference you can feel.

TMJ Success Stories

At Lifetime Orthodontics, we’ve had the privilege of helping many patients manage their TMD and improve their quality of life. While we respect our patients’ privacy and won’t share real names or specific details, we’d like to share some examples inspired by actual events to illustrate orthodontic treatment’s transformative power. 


Sarah, a busy mother of two, came to us with chronic jaw pain and frequent headaches. She had been grinding her teeth at night for years, leading to TMD. Dr. Wesley recommended a custom-made night guard to protect her teeth and cushion her jaw joint from grinding. Within weeks of using the night guard, Sarah reported a significant reduction in her jaw pain and headaches. She was thrilled with the results and grateful for the personalized care she received at Lifetime Orthodontics.


John, a high school teacher, had lived with an underbite for most of his life. He often experienced discomfort while eating and was self-conscious about his smile. Dr. Wesley recommended braces and other orthodontic appliances to correct John’s underbite. After two years of treatment, John’s underbite was completely restored. He was overjoyed with his new smile and reported no discomfort while eating.


A college student, Emily, came to us with an overbite and TMD. She experienced jaw pain and had difficulty opening and closing her mouth. Dr. Wesley recommended Invisalign to correct her overbite and alleviate her TMD symptoms. Emily was thrilled with the less noticeable treatment option. After 18 months of treatment with Invisalign, Emily’s overbite was corrected, and her TMJ symptoms were significantly reduced. She was delighted with her new smile and improved quality of life.

These are just a few examples of how orthodontic treatment can help manage TMD. At Lifetime Orthodontics, we’re committed to helping patients achieve healthier, happier smiles.

Join us as we explore TMJ disorders and how the orthodontic treatments at Lifetime Orthodontics help to create a pain-free life.

TMJ Care At Lifetime Orthodontics

TMD can significantly affect your quality of life, but relief is within reach with the proper orthodontic treatment. At Lifetime Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing personalized, effective care to manage your TMD symptoms and improve your overall oral health. Our offices in Grosse Pointe Woods and Clinton Township are just a short drive away. Don’t let TMJ pain stop you. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Wesley today and take the first step toward a brighter smile.