Can Dental Devices Really Help with Tics?

Over the past few years, there have been reports that dental orthotic devices, which are normally used for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) treatment, might also be effective in reducing tics when worn in the mouth of individuals with Tourette syndrome.

Since the TAA has a history of facilitating medical and scientific research to examine potential therapeutic options for the disorder, we are taking steps to examine this concept. Starting in 2011, we brought together several dentists, clinical and scientific experts in Tourette syndrome to collaborate to determine whether or not orthotic devices can reduce tics in Tourette syndrome.

The TAA’s scientific advisory board subsequently approved a clinical trial to use widely-accepted, industry-standard study methods to begin to determine the effectiveness of orthotic devices in individuals with tics. The study, which is being led by Dr. Shannon Bennett and Dr. John Walkup at Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY), is currently ongoing and is expected to end this year. Details of the trial can be found by clicking here.

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Results are expected to be published in a peer-reviewed medical/scientific journal. As soon as we know the results, the Tourette Association will announce both the outcomes and implications to our community.