If you can’t get relief from jaw pain or migraines, or you’ve been told that surgery is your only treatment option for TMJ disorder, you now have an effective, nonsurgical alternative: multiloop edgewise archwire (MEAW). Dr. Bas Wafelbakker at Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics is one of the few orthodontists trained in this innovative procedure that correctly positions your jaw and helps you avoid surgery. To learn more about MEAW, call one of their offices in Walnut Creek, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, and Hollister, California, or schedule a consultation online.
MEAW is a nonsurgical orthodontic treatment for patients who would usually require surgery to realign their jaws. With this procedure, Dr. Wafelbakker and Dr. Anderson can help 80-90% of patients with jaw problems avoid surgical intervention.
Braces are normally used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. When your jaw misalignment is severe, braces will straighten your teeth, but they may not be sufficient to move your jaw.
Your treatment options are limited when braces can't correct a jaw problem. That’s when parents are often told their child needs jaw surgery to fix the problem.
Jaw surgery, called orthognathic surgery, involves moving the bones of your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. It also means a long recovery period. MEAW treatment helps eight out of 10 patients avoid surgery.
Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw joint, lead to jaw pain, migraines, and pain throughout your face and ears. Injury and degeneration in the joint can cause TMJ disorder, but it often arises from a misaligned jaw.
TMJ disorder is another condition with limited traditional treatment options that include pain relievers, wearing a mouthguard, and surgery. The MEAW procedure, however, also helps TMJ disorder. As it aligns your jaw, it relieves problems with the joint.
The first step is to straighten your teeth, so the MEAW procedure begins with regular braces and wires. When your teeth are in their proper position, Dr. Wafelbakker makes a scan of your mouth and uses that to create the crucial part of MEAW: specialized multiloop wires produced on-site by Dr. Wafelbakker.
The same brace brackets stay on your teeth, but Dr. Wafelbakker replaces the regular wire with multiloop wires, then uses rubber bands in specific places on your new wires. The unique multiloop and rubber band combination moves your teeth in a way that gently forces your jaw to move into its proper position.
It only takes six months for the multiloop wires and rubber bands to correct your bite. Then Dr. Wafelbakker removes the multiloop wires and puts regular wires back on your braces. On average, the total treatment time is 14 months.
If you have jaw pain or a severely misaligned jaw, call Dr. Wafelbakker or book a consultation online to see if you’re a good candidate for MEAW.