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Retainer Vs Night Guard
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are the same: Interchangeable words for the same device. A well-fitting, dentist custom made mouthguard is a device that will either allow you to continue to grind, but instead of tooth vs. Tooth wearing down, you will have tooth vs. Mouthguard (which is softer than tooth & will wear instead of tooth). This will also act as a "stress-breaker" and in some people wearing it makes them stop grinding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Custom guard: Custom guards are the best, especially if they are designed to help with airway issues, bruxism/ clench/ grind issues, tmj/tmd issues, or muscle pain issues in head/neck. For mouth guards and sports guards, they are best used to protect teeth during sports. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?
Worth the investment: The fee for a properly designed, fabricated (with adj's included) bite splint or night guard, you are actually getting several years worth of a valuable appliance - we have patients who've worn the same splint for 15 years - it is not a glorified athletic mouthguard, and if designed and worn properly, can save you from tooth damage, gum & bone damage, as well as protecting your tm joints. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bruxism at night. Go through a custom (hard) dentist-made lower jaw guard every year. Treatment options?
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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
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