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Is it ok to wear retainers if you have bruxism?

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

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Retainer (Definition)

Retainers are orthodontic appliances designed to minimize changes over time in your nice orthodontic result that you and your orthodontist have worked so hard for. Wear them as ...Read more


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How long do you have to wear retainers for after braces?

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

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I learned that after wearing invisalign you have to wear retainers forever. Is that true?

I learned that after wearing invisalign you have to wear retainers forever. Is that true?

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

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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

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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?

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

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Can I wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

Can I wear retainers to straighten my teeth?

No: Well designed retainers are designed to retain teeth in their current position.

It takes specific orthodontic appliances (invisalign) or brackets, wires and bands to orthodontically move (straighten) your teeth.

See a dentist or orthodontist for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you wear retainers and a mouthguard at the same time at night?

Night Guard: The purpose of a retainer is to prevent your teeth from moving and a hard full coverage night guard may be worn as the retainers. ...Read more

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Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

Can you get your tongue pierced if you wear orthodontic retainers?

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

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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

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

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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

Ortho relapse: It is possible that you will have a relapse, many people do. We can't predict how much change there will be in your bite. How does your retainer fit? Your orthodontist can make a new retainer. ...Read more

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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.?

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

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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?

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?

Mouth breathing: Your throat gets dry if you breath through your mouth at night. If you breath through your nose your mouth can still be open from the retainer causing dryness. ...Read more

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My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

My orthodontic plastic retainer seems to be damaged, due to teeth grinding. What should I do?

Repair or replace: The average lifespan of a plastic retainer is about 3 to 5 years. If damaged, plastic retainers require repair or replace by an orthodontist. See your orthodontist. Dentist for treatment options. ...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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Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

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

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Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

Will invisalign retainers work the same as a mouth guard for teeth grinding at night?

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

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What do orthodontic retainers do?

What do orthodontic retainers do?

Hold teeth: And keep them from moving back to where they started before orthodontic treatment. ...Read more

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Do orthodontic retainers usually fit well?

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

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Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

Are acrylic orthodontic retainers safe to use?

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

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How long do you have to wear night guard for bruxism?

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

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I wear a nightly mouthguard currently, but I was wondering if any damage from bruxism is reversible over time (does enamel heal)?

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

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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?

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?

Hard to say: Length of time, severity and other symptoms may dictate what an x-ray will show. But as far as a more definitive imaging, a MRI is the best source of info. ...Read more

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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? .

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: 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.
Best wishes,
dr. Zev kaufman. ...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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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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Is it ok to wear a retainer while sick?

Is it ok to wear a retainer while sick?

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

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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

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What occurs if I don't wear my retainer?

Bad stuff: Everyone is different but if you do not wear your retainer please expect teeth to move. If you were to lose weight by adating to a new diet what would happen if you started eating pizza and fries? ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear retainer when you have dentures?

What?: People with dentures have no teeth. Retainers are only for teeth. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear a retainer if you have dentures?

Dentures: No. A denture's teeth cannot be moved by a retainer nor will a retainer fit on top of your denture. ...Read more

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Is a fiberotomy necessary after braces, or just wear a retainer?

Is a fiberotomy necessary after braces, or just wear a retainer?

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

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Should I double floss each tooth since I wear a retainer at night only?

Should I double floss each tooth since I wear a retainer at night only?

Double floss: Flossing before you wear the retainer is most important. Flossing after wearing the retainer can only help make your oral hygiene more effective. ...Read more

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Could I take out retainer that I only wear for night keep my teeth in place?

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

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For my overbite to be corrected, would I have to get braces or just wear a retainer, what to do?

For my overbite to be corrected, would I have to get braces or just wear a retainer, what to do?

See an Orthodontist: Many orthodontists offer an initial consultation for free. A free consultation allows you to find out what type of treatment is recommended and if you are a good candidate for braces or retainer. ...Read more

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If you don't wear your retainer for a while and your teeth get crooked, would wearing them straighten them out?

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

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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?

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

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I was just wondering when am I supposed to wear my retainers?

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

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Why do people wear dental retainers?

Keep teeth straight!: Purpose of retainers is to keep the teeth in the correct positions after braces. Often, the reason for teeth to shift after braces is the poor compliance with consistent wearing of retainers afterwards. ...Read more

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How long should I wear my retainer after braces?

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

Grinding Teeth (Definition)

Just like it sounds, it means you ...Read more