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Will Wearing A Night Guard Fix Crooked Teeth
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Generally Not: A "retainer" is designed to hold your teeth in their current position, so that they don't move in the future. This is especially helpful for people who have had their teeth straightened, as those teeth tend to drift back to their original positions over time. However, some special retainers can produce very small movements in teeth which are slightly misaligned. Your dentist can advise you best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Orthodontist made a retainer nti. Will this straighten teeth, or ruin front teeth. Made of plastic. Plastic feels too hard, retainer makes teeth hurt?
NTI not a retainer: An nti appliance is normally used in patients with symptoms of tmd, and by virtue of it preventing back tooth contact, can shut down facial muscle activity that is causing pain in many instances. It is not a long term appliance as it can lead to uncontrolled back tooth eruption that can create other problems. Ask your dental professional for clarification of its purpose in your case. ...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
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
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Jaw is out of line because of teeth grinding. Will a night time teeth guard help my jaw re-align?
Night guard: Is the most effective appliance for tmj. Intraoral occlusal appliance therapy may offer a noninvasive adjunctive method of managing teeth grinding. It is designed to provide a stable occlusal posture by creating contacts between the occlusal surface of the appliance and opposing teeth. Rec.: see a dentist for thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A sports mouthguard as well as other oral appliances(snore/sleep apnea, night guards, etc.), can be worn over crowns or caps. They can be made to fit normally and protect the teeth and gums. They also limit concussions. There could be a problem fitting an old appliance over a new crown because of changes in shape or size. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: The right kind of bite guard may prevent your teeth from getting more wear and prevent them from loosening due to the trauma from grinding. If they are already loose, that brings up more questions. If you have periodontal disease, a bite guard won't help with that. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Possible: 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Sorry, Generally Not: A "retainer" is designed to hold your teeth in their current position, so that they don't move in the future. This is especially helpful for people who have had their teeth straightened, as those teeth tend to drift back to their original positions over time. However, some retainers can produce very small movements in teeth which are slightly misaligned. Your dentist can advise you best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Your bite changes throughout your life. Just as you have increased attrition, your vertical dimension, your bite/occlusion will change. Wearing a guard can be also problematic if you have torque, interferences, premature contacts, etc.... Be involved with your dentist on your guard, orthotic, or appliances. ...Read moreSee 3 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
Actually, crooked teeth are typically crowded together, have lost their normal contact points between teeth, shifted across each other, and rotated. Crooked teeth may be part of a malocclusion (literally, a bad bite). Orthodontics deals with the resolution of crooked or crowded teeth as ...Read more