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Do athletic mouth guards keep teeth from shifting?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

They protect the teeth and your mouth.
An orthodontic retainer prevents teeth from shifting. See your dentist.

In brief: No

They protect the teeth and your mouth.
An orthodontic retainer prevents teeth from shifting. See your dentist.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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In brief: Mouth guards

Mouthguards can help align the teeth if they are not custom. In other words, if you buy one at a sports store.
If your teeth are really misaligned they can actually help align the teeth. If your teeth are straight then a properly fitted mouthguard can keep the teeth from shifting.

In brief: Mouth guards

Mouthguards can help align the teeth if they are not custom. In other words, if you buy one at a sports store.
If your teeth are really misaligned they can actually help align the teeth. If your teeth are straight then a properly fitted mouthguard can keep the teeth from shifting.
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
Dr. Marvin Pantangco
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