TMJ problem: My 18-year old daughter seems to have bad TMJ problem. Her jaw keeps getting locked at night. It all started back in 2009 when she got rubber bands from her orthodontist to fix overbite
issue. I would lock every night but not during the day.
Then, after her braces were taken off, the problem slowly got better during the course of several years. A few months ago, her jaw began locking again, her orthodontist got her lower retainer
and told her to wear both upper and lower retainers at night. The
retainers were ortho kind, not the kind to treat TMJ. The lower retainer made jaw locking problem worse. Now her jaw often makes soft locking noises during meals, every night, it locks and her mouth cannot open in the morning and she has to pop it again and
again. Sometimes, the locking is awful and she is worrisome, scared of the waking up in the morning with mouth unable to open. If you specializes in TMJ issues, please kindly advice us on what to do and how to treat or manage this problem and please suggest
what specialist we should go see locally. If you don't specialize in this area, please do not respond to this question. Thank you very much! -- Wendy