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Is It Ok To Wear Retainers If You Have Bruxism
Bruxism: Yes. Unfortnately regular retainers won't protect the teeth from the detremental effects of the grinding. Most patients that have spent $$ on their teeth would like to preserve them for many years. Retainer + bite guard or combo device like oral appliance may be more useful. Talk with orthodontist or sleep dentist. ...Read more
Forever: Or at least a really, really long time. ...Read more
Long-term: "retention is a life-time commitment to periodic wear of retention devices." age changes us - that includes your teeth. Only way to prevent change is regular periodic monitoring and retention. ...Read more
Yes: For any type of orthodontics braces or invisalign. Our teeth do not want to be naturally straight. If you want to keep them straight you will need to use some form of retainer for as long as you want them to stay straight. Most people get tired of wearing a retainer after 5 years and accept a little "drifting". But if you want them to be perfectly straight a night time retainers is the best. ...Read more
What to do if I have braces and I can't wear retainers or that kind of stuff. What are some solutions?
Why not?: Best way to stabilize orthodontic results are retainers. There are many different designs. Second best is wire bonded to the tongue side of your teeth. Discuss choices w your orthodontic specialist. ...Read more
I wear retainers at night after trays. Is it normal for the bottom front row teeth to have 70 percent less contact after not wearing for 12 hours?
Unfortunately: Trays are not as effective as braces. They often leave teeth in better, but not optimal, position. Also note that GP's are not generally as skilled in resolving malocclusions as Specialists. These factors can result in post-treatment instability. Talk to your treating Dentist or (hopefully) Orthodontic Specialist. You may need to wear retainers 24/7 for a period of time. ...Read more
Tongue ring: Tongue rings are one of those things that make little sense to me, why stick a spike thru your tongue with some artful little ball attached that almost no one will ever see and can cause many dental problems from broken teeth to fractured restorations to infection, not to mention numbness and possible extensive bleeding upon placement. Would not recommend doing it. ...Read more
I wear retainers every night and have gum recession. Should I use a proxy brush every night? I always rinse each it before I apply to each tooth
Yes, every night: You should brush your teeth at least three times a day or after every meal, and use proxy brush and floss prior to cleaning in the evening. ...Read more
Had braces on for 6 yrs. Wore retainers as instructed for 2 yrs completely forgot to wear retainers. Will my teeth go crooked again? Will it be as bad
Right side of my mouth/jaw hurts/feels numb. Noticed for the past 2 days. Wear retainers at night and pain still is the same like always.?
Get Checked Out: The pain could be worsened when you lay down at night because in a horizontal position, the blood can rush to your head. It could be a sign that something is dentally wrong. Could be the left wisdom teeth or another tooth could be infected. This cannot be determined online. I strongly urge you to visit your dentist for a more thorough examination and treatment recommendation. ...Read more
I have to wear retainers at night and when I am sleeping I breath through my nose, and this causes my throat to become very dry and irritated. Why?
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
Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?
Depends on the type: A traditional hawley retainer (acrylic and wires) normally will not work as a 'bite guard'. However, a full occlussal coverage bit guard (gelb) can work as a retainer. Speak to your orthodontist to get one that will work to protect against grinding and serve as a retentative appliance. ...Read more
No: A properly fitted mouth guard for clenching/grinding purposes will be fitted to your bite and problem associated with your teeth grinding habit. Invisalign retainers are much thinner and do not take into consideration the way your teeth come together when they are in so could actually make a person who suffers from clenching/grinding, clench/grind more when wearing at night and grind through them. ...Read more
They should. ...: Retainers are designed to hold teeth in place. Any pressure will move teeth and any looseness will allow movement, thus a well made retainer should be passive. If you have a loose or tight retainer, see your dentist or orthodontist to evaluate it. There is a real danger in trying to wear a "tweaked" retainer. A distorted retainer can lead to an expensive re treatment of the whole case. ...Read more
Of course: If unsafe they would have been banned by the fda. Acrylic has been used in dentistry for over a century. There are an infinitesimally small group of people allergic to acrylic, but less than are allergic to strawberries or chocolate. Don't worry. Chance of allergy less than chance of being struck by lightning. ...Read more
Months to year: It depends largely on the degree of the problem, the body's response to the treatment, long enough treatment that recurrence not likely. Must be guided by the professional treating you for this problem. ...Read more
I wear a nightly mouthguard currently, but I was wondering if any damage from bruxism is reversible over time (does enamel heal)?
Not reversible: Nightguard is to protect your teeth and it may prevent you from needing more dental work in the future. ...Read more
I have bad bruxism. I wear a guard at night. When I get an ex ray done to my jaw, what will it show if something is wrong? Does it show fluid?
Can children wear night guards? Our seven year old son grinds his teeth at night, and I've worn a night guard for bruxism for many years as an adult. Do they have the same things for kids, and if so, do they have to always get new ones due to growth? .
Many children grind their teeth. It is normal, and is a part of jaw and muscle development. It I also our bodies' reaction to stress, and as a parent, you know that growing up is stressful.
Follow the advise of dr. Davantzis: lots of love and regular visits to the pediatric dentist are exactly what the doctor ordered.
dr. Zev kaufman. ...Read more
Can I wear my custom made bruxism night guard for basketball or do I have to get a sports mouth guard?
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
Yes!!!: Skipping out on retainer wear will cause you more issues with your teeth later. Lack of consistent retainer wear will allow your teeth to drift away from their ideal positions. You will experience a tight (hurt) sensation with your retainers. Take advil (ibuprofen) and wear them until they fit like an old favorite pair of shoes. ...Read more
My bottom teeth are crooked again from not wearing my retainer if I get a new one and wear it with my original top one that still fits would it be ok?
Orthodontist: Have your orthodontist evaluate your relapse. It may just be a minor fee to align those lower teeth, then you can have new retainers made. This time around, wear as directed. ...Read more
What?: People with dentures have no teeth. Retainers are only for teeth. ...Read more
Edward's works: The edward's procedure or supercrestal fiberotomy was described in 1970 and assists in retaining problematic, rotated teeth. This small procedure is usually only accomplished for 1 or 2 teeth. The need, the process, and the risk/benefits should be discussed with your orthodontic and periodontal specialist. ...Read more
Retainer: Call the dentist or Orthodontist who treated you. Everyone's different, and no one knows you as well as your treating practitioner. If that's not possible, ask your Dentist to refer you to an Orthodontist for examination and recommendation. ...Read more
If you don't wear your retainer for a while and your teeth get crooked, would wearing them straighten them out?
Lost ground: If movement minor, and you can get retainers to seat, you may be able to recover a portion of what has been lost, but not all. Wearing retainers intermittently can actually destabilize teeth. They must be worn as directed. If retainers don't fit, may require retreatment. In either case you owe it to yourself to call your orthodontist immediately and come clean. ...Read more
I have a clear night retainer which fits but not entirely. My teeth have moved slightly on the top. Can it fit properly if I wear it for a while?
Probably no: Retainers are designed to be worn consistently to prevent shifting of teeth. They often need to be worn daily to keep your teeth in their ideal position. If you forget & wear it a couple of days later & it still goes to place, but is tight, then your teeth can reposition within the retainer. But, if some teeth currently do not fit, then your retainer usually will not help. See your dentist. ...Read more
Regularly: In our office, we use clear retainers that require nightly wear only. We have our patients wear them every night for the first year after braces removal. They then start to skip a night the second year and will slow down to every other night for as long as they care about their straight teeth. When you stop, your teeth will begin to shift little by little, as you age, like everything else. ...Read more
Lifetime-we hope: It depends on your case and the way you started. I like the lower retainer to stay for ever, because with or without braces the lower teeth have the tendency to crowd as we age. As for the upper retainer for at least 2 years, after that it depends on the stability of the teeth. ...Read more
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