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A 35-year-old member asked:

Will wearing a night guard fix crooked teeth?

8 doctor answers20 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: Night guards are used to help alleviate teeth grinding to prevent wear and tear on our teeth not for crooked teeth.Please see your dentist about it.
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry 16 years experience
No: A nightguard should not be putting forces on your teeth that would cause movement...Unless you're wearing clear aligners specifically designed for that purpose. If it feels like one or a few of your teeth are being pushed more than the other teeth and are sore, see your dentist for an adjustment to the nightguard.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Night guard: No. A true night guard is meant to keep you from ruining your teeth by grinding or clenching them. They are not meant to straighten your teeth. Invisalign can straighten your teeth and can serve temporarily as a night guard as well.
Dr. Brandon Martin
Orthodontics 20 years experience
No!: The purpose of a night guard is to protect your teeth from abnormal forces caused by grinding or clenching (typically while one is sleeping). While some night guards are made out of a material similar to orthodontic appliances that move teeth, the two appliances serve very different purposes. Best of luck!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: A night guard protects malposed teeth from excessive wear, and it protects the jaw joints. To straighten teeth you probably need braces. Ask your general dentist to refer you to and orthodontic specialist to learn your options...There are many.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No : A night guard helps with grinding or clenching your teeth. It will not straighten your teeth.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Braces: Need to see an orthodontist about crooked teeth night guars is passive, it only protect your teeth from grinding and clinching.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Huanswered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Not night guard: If you want to use the aligner way for orthodontics, many many successful patients have used invisalign. Otherwise, try standard orthodontics, brackets, bands, etc.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can wobbly teeth stop after wearing a night guard?

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Dr. Randy Nolf
Periodontics 42 years experience
Possibly: If your bite is even and there is no bone loss from gum disease your teeth will tighten. If teeth hit unevenly when you close you will need to have an occlusal adjustment or bite adjustment. If there is bone loss from gum disease the teeth may never regain full stability, .

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