We often use an appliance called an orthotic to treat a temporomandibular disorder. Made of plastic, the appliance is custom fitted for each patient's individual treatment plan and worn over the teeth to retain the new bite position. By using the orthotic, your teeth and bite are not permanently changed in any way. Dr. Walmsley will determine the length of time the orthotic should be worn, which will confirm whether your original bite was the main factor with your condition. If your condition improves, then your bite was the main factor and now you can decide whether to undergo treatment to permanently maintain the new, relaxed bite position. However, if your symptoms do not significantly improve, your bite is probably not the main factor in your condition and we can then determine other possible causes. If you suffer from a combination of the above symptoms, Dr. Walmsley may be able to help you. If you are interested in getting more information about TMD or for a free consultation to see if neuromuscular dentistry may help you, please contact us today.