Orthodontics & TMJ Treatment

Braces

Our dentist may recommend braces if your teeth are crooked and overcrowded, or if your jaw has shifted out of alignment. Dr. Van Parham pleased to provide high-quality, modern braces in Irving, Texas. To learn more and to schedule an orthodontic consultation at The Art of Dentistry, please contact us at 972-255-9000 today.

Invisalign®

Are you avoiding braces because of their visibility? At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Van Parham and his team are happy to provide Invisalign® for patients who desire a more discreet orthodontic solution.


Invisalign® is a great choice for our patients who are searching for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option. Rather than using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses a series of custom-made, computer-generated plastic aligners to straighten your smile. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the alignment of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners about every two weeks, your teeth will be gradually, gently guided to their proper positions. You will also visit our office on a regular basis during treatment to make certain that your smile is progressing as planned.

In general, Invisalign can be used to treat the same orthodontic issues that are normally treated with braces. Our orthodontist may recommend Invisalign to correct:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped and spaced teeth
  • Certain problems with the bite, such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite

During your initial visit, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign. This treatment is often a good choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign aligners are also very comfortable because they are custom made from smooth, thin plastic. The aligners are removable as well, which allows you to easily remove them as needed in order to eat, brush, and floss. 

Mouth Guards

Our dentist can provide you with a custom-made mouth guard to control jaw movement and help realign your mouth in the correct fashion. Dr. Van Parham provides two types of mouth guards at the office of The Art of Dentistry: Pure Power mouth guards for athletes, and the NTI Tension Suppression System for TMJ treatment. 


Our dentist is dedicated to keeping your smile healthy and free from pain. To help us do this, we provide several types of mouth guards at our office. For our athletic patients, we often recommend a type of mouth guard called an athletic mouth guard or sports guard. Sports guards fit over your teeth while you play sports and participate in other athletic activities to protect your smile from injury. Sports guards are especially important for our patients who play high-contact sports such as wrestling, football, hockey, and rugby; however, all types of athletes can benefit from an athletic mouth guard. Whether you play soccer, basketball, or baseball, a sports guard can be a great way to protect your smile and keep it safe.

While a number of types of athletic mouth guards are available, a custom-made mouth guard is the most effective in protecting your smile. This type of mouth guard is designed to comfortably fit your smile and prevent dental injury such as knocked out and chipped teeth. A sports guard can also help to prevent injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, cheeks, and gums.

Neuromuscular Dentristy

At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Van Parham works with the hard and soft tissue of your mouth and jaw to ensure your smile is properly aligned. 


Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on optimizing how the muscles, teeth, bone, jaws, and other structures work together. When these structures all function together properly, your smile will reach its ideal functionality and health. To reach this ideal harmony, treatment may include an evaluation of the posture of the head, neck, jaws, and body as a whole. We focus on muscular balance and occlusal (bite) stability to achieve a harmonious balance between all of the structures. When these structures are out of balance, it may result in several painful symptoms, such as:

  • Jaw pain
  • Chronic headaches
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Ear pain and ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Popping, clicking, or grinding noises in the jaw joint
  • Painful or difficult chewing
  • Increased tooth sensitivity

If you experience these symptoms, our dentist may recommend the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry for your smile. This treatment will focus on correcting the bite (how the teeth fit and work together) and aligning the jaw for an optimal bite relationship. Neuromuscular dentistry can help to improve your oral health and relieve painful symptoms.

TMJ Treatment

Patients with TMJ disorders may experience headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and many other painful symptoms. At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Van Parham provides TMJ treatment to relieve these symptoms.


The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.

You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:

  • Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth
  • Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew
  • A locked or stuck jaw
  • Pain when chewing and biting
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
  • Frequent headaches

Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery.