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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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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