TMJ Centre Melbourne

The Smile Designer Dental Studio is a TMJ centre in Melbourne, We are committed to providing our patients with the most effective and long term TMJ treatment solutions to their jaw pain and jaw joint disorders in Melbourne.

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What is TMJ (The temporomandibular joint )?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located just below and in front of the ear, and is formed by both the mandible and jaw bone joining up with the temporal bone of the skill. There is a TMJ joint on each side of our faces, and each of them has a cartilage disc that keeps these bones apart. The cartilage acts to prevent the bony surfaces from wearing down and damaging each other- just like a shock absorber. This jaw joint is enclosed within its own capsule.

Symptoms of TMJ

There are numerous symptoms that are caused by TMJ disorders, and they include clicking and popping sounds coming from the jaw. There could be muscle pain around these areas especially around the cheeks and temples of our faces. Severe tension headaches can form as well and can be quite debilitating.

Every individual is different, and each individual has different pain thresholds and suffers various symptoms. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Back pain
  • Face pain
  • Ear pain/stuffiness
  • Neck ache
  • Fatigue
  • Shoulder pain

Best TMJ/TMD Dentist in Melbourne

If you experience any of these symptoms and feel that it may be coming from your TMJ, then please contact our TMJ dentist Melbourne at The Smile Designer. We are located just off Bell Street on the border of Thornbury and Preston in Melbourne.

What is the treatment for TMD – Temporomandibular Dysfunction/Disorder?

Our TMD/TMJ dentist take a holistic approach to create a long lasting and effective solution to your TMJ problems. We work closely with a team of experienced practitioners that can help guide you through your options and TMJ treatment solutions in Melbourne CBD area.

The first step is a comprehensive examination and diagnosis or your dental health and the structures surrounding your jaw. Our aim is to see if your symptoms are in fact entirely a jaw problem, or if there are any other underlying dental related problems that could contribute to your pain.

By taking appropriate records, we can review your bite, your teeth, and the position in which they all come together within your jaw, as we try and understand the forces and stresses that are being placed on the TMJ and the muscles surrounding it. Our aim is to also understand if there is any underlying breathing or airway issues.

The Smile Designer Dental Studio team understands how important the teeth and jaws are in the function of your daily routine. We perform Full Mouth Rehabilitations, Orthodontic Treatment and perform Digital Smile Designs to re-create smiles, and thus have an understanding of how all the structures of the jaw create facial harmony.

Muscle Relaxants and Facial Injections

As part of your TMJ Treatment, our practice at The Smile Designer offer muscle relaxant or facial injections. Most of our headaches are normally caused by muscle contractions. By relaxing these muscles and preventing full contraction, we can minimise headache pain.

Some symptoms of overactive muscle contractions include Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism), headaches and jaw muscle pain, as well as chronic migraines. Sometimes, the ability to open our mouth is limited, which is called Trismus. All these issues can limit the function of chewing and eating as well as speaking.

At your initial consultation, we will take all the necessary records needed, and discuss the treatment options that are available to you.

If you would like more information, contact our TMD/TMJ dentist at The Smile Designer Dental Studio and schedule your appointment.

Night Splint and Mouth Guards for TMJ problems

Is grinding wearing you down? Night time grinding is a result of added stress as well as other factors that can lead to problems of the teeth and jaw.

An occlusal splint, also called a night guard, is a custom fabricated appliance that fits over your teeth. It is designed to protect our natural teeth and any artificial prosthesis in our mouths. Excessive clenching and grinding can lead to excessive wear on the teeth and the stresses on the jaw joints can lead to permanent damage.

Wearing a Night Splint can also reduce the stress placed on the jaw joints and the structures surrounding it. This includes the cartilage that is located within the joint. When this cartilage is destroyed from excessive function, the bones of the TMJ can also start getting affected and this creates pain on function.

Sometimes, clenching and grinding issues are related to breathing and airway disorders. More information can be found on our Snoring page.

Our Team at The Smile Designer Dental Studio will walk you through your different options and guide you through the process to reduce the debilitating experiences of TMJ Disorders.

Meet the Team

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Dr Dev Boparoy

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Dr Madeleine Duff

Why Choose The Smile Designer

We have helped numerous people in Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs with our high-quality care and superior service to achieve optimal results. Our dentists take great pride in not only restoring your smile and keeping it healthy, but also educating our patients about their oral health. It is important to us that we create the best foundation in ensuring our patients have full clarity and transparency in understanding their treatment plans.We have invested in state of the art technology to provide you with quality and peace of mind. Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular. Ultimately who doesn’t want a smile that shines with confidence? Being at the forefront of cosmetic dentistry, we combine advanced technology, an artistic eye with extensive experience alongside ethical practice to ensure you are in the most capable and experienced hands. When you choose the Smile Designer, our dental clinic offers renowned dentistry because of the following:



At our dental studio, we are dedicated to providing a superior experience to every patient. We value our patients as if they were part of our own community, and we believe this is evident in the authentic feedback we receive.

Vickie N.Vickie N. ★★★★★ Dr Nathan works dental magic! his expertise and attention to detail is fantastic . from the warm welcome to the flawless restoration process of my implant, every step was outstanding. He listened to my concerns, explained everything thoroughly, and ensured my comfort throughout. My my implant crown looks incredibly natural Dr. Nathan even followed up afterward. For excellent dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Nathan !Vee T.Vee T. ★★★★★ Today I had a wonderful experience at my appointment with Dr Gareth. I have been to the dentist many times in my life but still get those nerves going into any appointment. The second I walked in I was greeted by a lovely young lady who was so friendly and welcoming. My time with Dr Gareth was no different and he put me at ease quite quickly and answered all my questions with lots of information and care. Because of this I have decided to take further dental care with The Smile Designer. My experience with Mia after my appointment was warm, engaging, caring and most importantly very informative. Thank you to the team there and I very much look forward to my journey with Dr Gareth and for all my dental needs.ViDominic T.Dominic T. ★★★★★ I’ve been going to Dr. Gareth for 7 years and I had to go for an appointment with another dentist as he was on holiday… and I just don’t get the same standard as Gareth. He has the most gentle hands and always treats every one with respect and my teeth and gums always look so good! Sometimes I book an appointment to clean my teeth even though it’s always sparkling. Thanks for looking after my family and friends for such a long time.Peckham F.Peckham F. ★★★★★ I have seen Dr Gareth several now and always have received fantastic care. He is very detailed in his approach but won't do any treatment that is not needed, just to charge you. Most recent visit to have my tooth taken out. He knew I had bad experienece with another dentist prior to this, and made sure he was gentle, but at the same time did an amazing (and fast) extraction, talking to me the whole time. Subsequent care was excellent as well, with follow up calls. I would highly recommend the whole practice, and especially Dr Gareth.Jenny Y.Jenny Y. ★★★★★ Dr. Gareth Huang's dental care exceeded expectations during my recent visit to The Smile Designer. His meticulous approach and genuine concern for patient comfort stood out. The clinic's cleanliness and the staff's professionalism further enhanced the experience. I highly recommend Dr. Huang for his exceptional dental care.Elizabeth K.Elizabeth K. ★★★★★ The team at smile designer are so lovely! I had a clean and check up with Dr Nathan and he was super informative and honest with what I required and thorough in explanation throughout!If your looking for a dentist, look no further 🫶🏼Hayley JHayley J ★★★★★ Great experience. Receptionist were friendly and welcoming. I saw Dr.Nathan, and he was excellent. I often feel anxious before/during dental appointments, but Dr. Nathan was great. Most comfortable I've ever felt at a dentist.Josephine A.Josephine A. ★★★★★ I must say I believe I’m lucky that I have met such a wonderful amazing dental team that care so much about you and your teeth. I only wish I had met them so much earlier in my life than now as, they are the only dentist I would trust with my teeth compared to other dentists out there. Dr.Maddie is amazing she truly puts the effort, time and care for your teeth and doesn’t like her work not to be perfect is what I love about her. She really wants her patients to walk out happy. Maggie is so wonderful as well if you can’t make it to an appointment she makes sure you get the next best day or placed on the cute waiting list hehe 😛. Honestly, I don’t feel like I’m going to the dentist when I need to go to a dentist and that the experience we need out there. I would highly recommend this dental team if you want the best work for your teeth and good experience like me 🩷🩷katerina Kkaterina K ★★★★★ This place is so great! The girls at the front desk are so lovely and always check in on me after my appointments. The customer care is above and beyond! Dr. Madeline Duff is the best orthodontist I’ve seen. Her attention to detail is amazing and she always goes through everything so thoroughly. I always walk out of this place learning something new! My Invisalign treatment has been so quick and easy. It’s so nice to find a dentist you can trust. Highly recommend!!Sussan L.Sussan L. ★★★★★ Great team work ! Friendly and helpful from front desk to the treatment room!Highly recommend to anyone who needs dental care will definitely be cared for in the utmost professional level..🙏🙏👍Christie L.Christie L. ★★★★★ Since my dentist retired, I havnt found anyone that felt right until now. I can't speak more highly of Dev and his team. They embrace current best practice and technology. They are kind and wholistic in their approach to Dentistry. Highly recommend.Rob N.Rob N. ★★★★★ I have been a delighted patient of Dr. Madeleine and her incredible team at The Smile Designer since June , 2022, and I cannot express enough how positive and exceptional my experiences have been.From the moment I step into the clinic, the warm and welcoming atmosphere immediately puts me at ease. The reception staff are friendly and efficient.Dr. Madeleine takes the time to thoroughly explain procedures, answering any questions or concerns I may have. Her gentle and compassionate approach makes each visit a pleasant experience.I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Madeleine and the entire team at The Smile Designer.They are a dream team of dentistry.Taylah A.Taylah A. ★★★★★ I have been going to the smile designer for cosmetic treatment, Gareth is the best dentist and has completely transformed my smile. From an overbite with gaps between my teeth to a perfect smile in only 8 months! Everything was laid out from the start in a treatment plan for gum treatment, Invisalign and composite veneers, with no expectation or pressure to go ahead with the items. Plus the TV to watch friends definitely helps my anxiety for longer visits.The team genuinely care about their patients and have always gone the extra mile to make sure I am feeling confident in my smile. Especially Maggie is such a warm spirit to deal with. I will never miss a check up when going to the smile designer. 5 Stars!Taran S.Taran S. ★★★★★ I had a great experience at the Smile Designer. All the staff were very welcoming and friendly, everyone took the time to say hello.Dr Dev is extremely knowledgeable, takes a holistic approach to dentistry and puts the patient first. His approach was very professional yet personable, taking the time to get to know his patient. He, and the team, were able to make me feel very comfortable throughout.It's clear that the patient's health is the team's primary motivation,. I would highly recommend this practice.Fiona Persi B.Fiona Persi B. ★★★★★ I was highly recommended to visit the Smile Designer clinic and I must say that my experience with the Smile Designer clinic has been exceptionally brilliant. From the very first moment I walked in I was greeted by the wonderful receptionist at the front who was super friendly & attentive. I had a hygiene clean and check up with Dentist Nathan who made me feel very comfortable and explained the process of the treatment in such great detail. I was overall very pleased with the hygiene clean followed by the time Nathan took to sit me down and look over my before and after photos and focus on the treatment plan I have ahead. My next treatment I will be seeing Dev who is also a fabulous dentist to deal with, Dev always puts me at ease and gets the job done so professionally. He has actually cured my anxiety with dentists. Lastly I must add the aesthetics of this clinic are stunning, the cleanliness is terrific and I am glad that I can recommended my family and friends to a terrific team of dentists at the smile designer.Rebekah R.Rebekah R. ★★★★★ I had a great first consultation and clean at the smile designer. My dentist Maddie made me feel so comfortable, explaining everything and showing me photos of my teeth. All the staff were so friendly and the practice is beautifully designed to help you feel at ease. I would highly recommended this practice.js_loader
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