The visit with the orthodontist was a very interesting one.
I arrived at his office and was seated while he finished up with another patient. Before he even said hi or how are you, he immediately went into a line of defense. "Give me a little history here...and I don't want to hear that the PT is claiming that Invisalign causes TMJ...you call the contact at Invisalign and they'll tell you the complete opposite. It compresses the joint...it's in the literature. It doesn't cause it!!! It improves it!!! You're the first patient who told me the TMJ got worse."
He tried to convince me to keep the invisalign as a retainer...which is what he asked me to do weeks ago. I went through many minutes of trying to convince him to make a new retainer.
As we continued the discussion over several minutes, he started saying the problem was with my veneers (on the top teeth). With the Invisalign, the veneers are forcing my jaw back. And that is casing the TMJ. OK, so in a sense, he is saying the Invisalign is causing the TMJ, right? The veneers were already there when he ordered the Invisalign for me. The interesting fact is that the Invisalign website claims that someone with veneers is a great candidate for Invisalign!! So...who is at fault here? Invisalign for advertising something that is not true, or the orthodontist who gave me the Invisalign and not noticing that it was pushing my jaw back. The other interesting fact is that my pain started immediately after I started wearing a retainer (after braces and before Invisalign). That retainer is similar to Invisalign in design. So this must be the culprit!!
So in the end, we agreed he will make me a different kind of retainer which will not push my jaw back. He will also make me a night guard in case I am grinding.
But the bottom line is that I was given an appliance that harmed me. And I don't know if the orthodontist should have realized this was going to happen. Would love to get some insight from someone in the field.
The good news is that I feel like I finally know what is causing the pain...now I can eliminate the cause and finally start to heel. Thank the Lord!!