Influence of orthodontic treatment on temporomandibular disorders. A systematic review

Felipe J. Fernández-González, Aránzazu Cañigral, José L. López-Caballo, Aritza Brizuela, Isabel Moreno-Hay, Jaime del Río-Highsmith, José A. Vega

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Objectives: The aim of this literature systematic review was to evaluate the possible association between malocclusions, orthodontic treatment and development of temporomandibular disorders. Material and Methods: A search was carried out on PubMed-Medline database from January 2000 to August 2013 using the keywords "orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders", "orthodontics and facial pain" and "malocclusion and temporomandibular disorders". Human studies included in the study were those assessing signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders in relation to orthodontic treatment. Results: The search strategy resulted in 61 articles. After selection according to the inclusion/exclusion criteria 9 articles qualified for the final analysis. The articles which linked orthodontics and development of temporomandibular disorders showed very discrepant results. Some indicated that orthodontic treatment could improve signs and symptoms of temporomandibular disorders, but none of them obtained statistically significant differences. Conclusions: According to the authors examined, there is no evidence for a cause-effect relationship between orthodontic treatment and temporomandibular disorders, or that such treatment might improve or prevent them. More longitudinal studies are needed to verify any possible interrelationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e320-e327
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Malocclusion and temporomandibular disorders
  • Orthodontics and facial pain
  • Orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Temporomandibular dysfunction

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  • Dentistry (all)


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