Discomfort or sounds in the jaw joints can be an indication that there is a problem with the bite.
This discomfort or these sounds can also be a result of trauma, stress, muscle imbalance, chiropractic misalignment among many other things.
It is common for people to say they have “TMJ”. TMJ actually stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull and we all have two of these; one on the right and one on the left. When there is disorder in these joints such as discomfort, sounds such as clicking or popping, or actual locking of the TMJs, that person has TMD or temporomandibular disorder.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment can be of benefit in treating TMD and at times other therapies such as chiropractic treatment, physiotherapy, osteopathy or other therapies are more appropriate. Some, but not all, orthodontists provide treatment for TMD.