After the AAO and the RWISO meeting went back home worked for three weeks and then “drove” with Jaime Valenzuela(an orthodontist who works in our office) to Toulouse, France for the 86th meeting of the French Society of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. I was asked to speak on the subject of TMJ and Orthodontics. As you can see from my other blogs, recently I have been invited to many meetings to speak on the same subject and I think it is because I am speaking about the relationship of occlusion and TMD. Many doctors realize that there is more to TMD than the “biopsychosocial model” and realize that occlusion may indeed play an important role in the development of TMD.
Getting back to the meeting, my conference was very successful and in fact the editor of the French Orthodontic Journal asked me to publish the paper in their journal and we are now in the process of editing and getting the presentation into the form of an article. What was very interesting was that the same editor shared her experience with me of her own situation where she had suffered from poor orthodontic treatment. She explained how this gave her many problems for many years and only recently when she had her occlusion restored and the vertical dimension recovered she stopped having her problems.
This is not rare, everytime I present my conference on TMD there is always someone from the audience who shares her or his problem where they relate TMD with occlusion. I am sure that better times are near, we can not continue to disregard the TMJ´s in our orthodontic diagnosis. Back to the office….