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Doctor insights on: Fitting A Mouthguard

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Could mouthguards work as a retainers?

Could mouthguards work as a retainers?

Depends: Most soft mouth guards will not be effective retainers. Some hard mouth guards will be. To be sure, ask your dentist. ...Read more

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Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

Will a football mouth guard work instead of a specialized guard for teeth grinding?

No: Sports mouth guars are designed to prevent dramatic damage to teeth and surrounding tissues, and to reduce the chance of concussion. Occlusal Orthotics are designed to help stabilize your occlusion, prevent untoward wear, and protect the jaw joint. Over-use of an athletic mouthguard can actually cause joint damage. Would you use an Ace elbow support for a damaged knee? See your Dentist for Rx. ...Read more

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Can you wear a sports mouthguard if you've got permanent dental crowns?

Can you wear a sports mouthguard if you've got permanent dental crowns?

Yes: A sports mouthguard as well as other oral appliances(snore/sleep apnea, night guards, etc.), can be worn over crowns or caps. They can be made to fit normally and protect the teeth and gums. They also limit concussions. There could be a problem fitting an old appliance over a new crown because of changes in shape or size. ...Read more

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Will wearing a night guard fix crooked teeth?

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Will wearing a night guard fix crooked teeth?

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. ...Read more

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Would a store bought mouth guard change your tooth alignment?

Would a store bought mouth guard change your tooth alignment?

Store bought : Store bought generic mouth guards might be better than nothing for protection in contact sports, but do not offer the best protection, nor are they as comfortable. Consider a dentist fabricated custom one as a significantly better alternative. For players who spend so much money and time in sports, the additional cost is well worth it. Even generic should not change alignment 4 amount of time worn. ...Read more

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Can a patient with denture wear a braces?

Can a patient with denture wear a braces?

Depends: You can have a denture on the opposite jaw, but you need teeth to put the braces on. Also, you need either back teeth or back implants to act as anchorage to allow the braces to work. Good luck. ...Read more

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Where can I get a custom mould mouthguard for braces?

Where can I get a custom mould mouthguard for braces?

See ur Orthodontist: You need an Orthodontic Mouthguard to fit around your braces with room to permit tooth movement. Any qualified Orthodontic Specialist will be able to help you. A Mouthguard made to your exact tooth position today, that does not permit corrective tooth movement, is counterproductive. ...Read more

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Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Yes and no: Some types of orthodontic retainers will protect against nighttime grinding, some will not. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for the type that will. ...Read more

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Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Is a dental "occlusal guard" (to wear at night time) the same as a dental "nightguard"?

Maybe: Many times the terms are used interchangeably. There are times when a occlusal guard is made to treat jaw problems, tmd, headaches and neck and shoulder aches. They are more complicated, cost more, and are more beneficial . They can't be purchased over the counter. They are made for your specific problem and have a custom fit. ...Read more

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Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

Can a dental assistant construc custom made restorative and dental appliances?

DA duties: The laws regarding what dental auxiliaries can and cannot do varies from state to state and is constantly changing. You can contact the state education professional licensing department in your state to know for sure what is legal and what is not. ...Read more

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Can having a partial denture bearing and a acrylic denture fit hurt?

Can having a partial denture bearing and a acrylic denture fit hurt?

I imagine it can....: However, it does not have to be that way. With some adjustments the pain can be eliminated. By carefully fitting the appliances upon initial delivery the discomfort can be minimized. With proper adjustments and an attitude of persistence, comfort can be obtained. Many patients are very pleased with a denture and partial denture.... ...Read more

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Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Probably not: But it would prevent damage from grinding. Talk to your dentist if you are clenching. A custom made full coverage splint is best. Partial coverage splints create problems. ...Read more

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Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? im wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

Which is better for cleaning a extra soft toothbrush or a soft toothbrush? im wearing vivera retainers after invisalign treatment at night.

Either one: Either one should be fine. It's more how you brush your teeth than whether it's a soft or extra soft toothbrush. We just don't recommend a medium or hard toothbrush normally. Your own dentist or dental hygienist can go over the technique with you and recommend one. ...Read more

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Should a partial denture fit snuggly or have gaps?

Should a partial denture fit snuggly or have gaps?

Should fit snug: A partial denture has some getting used to. You must make sure you have it in place properly first. Once it is positioned properly, it should fit snug up against the other teeth. The hooks and wires should fit around the other teeth very well. I'd recommend seeing your dentist for a checkup so he or she can demonstate to you how to properly insert and remove it. Plus, make any adjustments. ...Read more

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Can a boil and bite mouthguard act as a retainer?

Can a boil and bite mouthguard act as a retainer?

NO: Boil and bite mouthguards fit poorly and therefore would not retain your teeth in their improved position. Your orthodontic treatment will have then been wasted time as your teeth will shift out of their improved position. Retainers may be removable or bonded wire to the "tongue-side) of the teeth have your dentist construct precise fitting retainers to keep your teeth in their new position. ...Read more

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Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Possibly: Night guards and mouth guards are different non-interchangeable appliances requiring custom fabrication and proper adjustment to prevent untoward damage. Please seek care from your Dentist. This isn't a DIY project. ...Read more

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Can a child wear an adult night guard for teeth grinding?

Can a child wear an adult night guard for teeth grinding?

NO: Bruxism is the term for this and it indicates as surely as anything can that the limbic system of the brain is in a marginal metabolic state.The easiest way to cause this is through a diet that is filles with "empty calories" partularly sweets. Look at my blog entitled "oxygen the spark of life" which you can google. ...Read more

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Can I wear my custom made bruxism night guard for basketball or do I have to get a sports mouth guard?

Can I wear my custom made bruxism night guard for basketball or do I have to get a sports mouth guard?

Sports mouth guard: Different material, different function. Please have Dentist make you a custom-fit sports mouth guard for best protection from tooth damage, jaw fracture damage, and concussion damage. An occlusal orthotic (night guard) will not provide trauma protection. ...Read more

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Do people get molded for a night guard for tooth grinding with braces?

Do people get molded for a night guard for tooth grinding with braces?

No: Night guards, whether hard or soft, are made to your existing occlusion. That means when you put it on it negates whatever orthodontic correction was made while it was off. Please discuss this with your orthodontist. Know that as teeth straighten grinding often disappears. ...Read more

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