what kind of splint are you getting? my first was just made by a molding process, that was 3 years back. that one I just wore at night. The one that works best for me is a neuromuscular one, that I can wear all the time. Its a little cumbersome to talk and eat with, but you get used to it and it releives the pressure from the joints. Im not so good at wearing mine 24-7, I did for the first 9 months, then just got tired of it, so I now wear only a few hours a day and at night. if it moves your jaw really forward, the first night you wear it it will hurt (at least mine did) I couldnt sleep at all and had to take it out. I got some sleeping pills to help for the first few nights till my jaw moved somewhat.
Ok, but I need to know if My jaw would be better for splintsor braces? I don'yt know if braces would do naything, but because my jaw gets completely dislocated when I open it. can youbeleive it? It has been dislocating like this sence i was a child, ( it was fun to creep my friends out HA HA) so do you think bbraces would help me at all???I would rather hasve them insteadof a splint
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In Sept. it will be one year for me wearing my splint. Actually, my dentist had to make me a second one b/c the first wasn't doing what it should. So that put me a little behind. Like some of you, I had to wear mine all of the time for about 3 months; now I definitely wear it while I sleep and if I'm around the house, I'll wear it. It was very hard to talk in at first, but you get used to it. Originally, to start the therapy I was on a no chew diet for 2 weeks, then gradually moving up to soft foods. And heat. 3x a day. It's been a long struggle, but I do feel I'm coming along, but it is a very slow process and requires a ton of patience!!