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Will wearing a night guard fix crooked teeth?

Dr. Jerry Hu Dr. Hu
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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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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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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Mouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

Mouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

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 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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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 wobbly teeth stop after wearing a night guard?

Can wobbly teeth stop after wearing a night guard?

Loose teeth: If the teeth are loose because of the trauma of grinding on them in your sleep, a night guard can alleviate the problem. If, however, the teeth are loose because of the loss of bone due to periodontal disease, or an abscess, the night guard cannot solve those problems. ...Read more

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Can night guard for teeth streighten teeth?

Can night guard for teeth streighten teeth?

Nightguards: Night guards come in many different forms, however, their purpose is to protect the teeth from the effects of grinding one's teeth. They are not designed to move the teeth. ...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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Do athletic mouth guards keep teeth from shifting?

Do athletic mouth guards keep teeth from shifting?

No: To prevent tooth movement mouth guard would have to be constructed so that both upper and lower teeth are firmly held during activity. Their design is to prevent tooth tooth damage and concussion, not to retain teeth. Talk to your Orthodontist about time in mouth guard vas time in retainers. ...Read more

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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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Why are grinding appliances so expensive at dentist officemouthguard or nightguard for teeth grinding?

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 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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Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea. ...Read more

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Loose teeth caused by night guard or grinding?

Loose teeth caused by night guard or grinding?

Nightguard: You need to make sure that your night guard fits properly. You do not want to much force on a sigle tooth. You should see your dentist to make sure it is fitting properly. ...Read more

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Can wearing a mouth guard mess up your tooth alignment?

Can wearing a mouth guard mess up your tooth alignment?

Highly Unlikely: A guard which fits adequately & is worn only a few hours a day (or night) cannot move your teeth. However, an ill-fitting (non-professional) guard can move your teeth, especially if it's worn a significant amount of time. Guards which don't cover all your teeth in one arch or which don't have contact will all opposing teeth can cause some movement also if worn too much. Get a professional one. ...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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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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Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Can a dental appliance help sleep apnea?

Absolutely!: According to 2006 american academy of sleep medicine practice parameters, oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea who prefer them over CPAP and should be completed by a dentist with advanced training in sleep medicine. ...Read more

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