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Old 10-21-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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Has anyone had a positive experience with an NTI. There are alot of negative posts and I'm getting nervous about getting the one I ordered.

 
Old 10-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #2
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Re: Nti

I got one at the start. The dentist said it would help if I had muscular TMJ dysfunction, turns out I had displaced discs so it wasn't much use.

I noticed that very quickly I wore a big groove down the middle of it from all the grinding at night. It was weird seeing the evidence so clearly.

I think maybe the reason you are getting a bad vibe on the NTI is that its a one size fits all solution. I have a feeling that we need individualised approaches. I mean you wouldn't wear a shoe not in your size.

 
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:07 AM   #3
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NTI's can definitely cause open bites by allowing the condyles to seat in a more anatomical position. This is not a good thing because if the condyles seat differently the bite always has to change and it changes to an open bite! Dr. Boyd's new website has a new design for NTI in order to help ward off the potential of developing an anterior open bite by using a flat place appliance with the discluding element on the front of it. I find it distressing that he stated for years that the NTI could not cause an open bite yet now he has redesigned the appliance and even states the reason why on the website. Be careful using an NTI device. It doesn't happen to everyone but it DOES happen and if it happens to you, you will find yourself in one big mess the way I have.

 
Old 10-26-2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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Re: Nti

What exactly is an open bite and how long did it take you to get it from the NTI? Is it when you front teeth or you back teeth don't touch?

 
Old 10-26-2009, 01:35 PM   #5
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An anterior open bite is in the front. Your teeth do not come together in the front if you have one. You will only be sitting on your back teeth. This is the kind of open bite you can get with an NTI. You may never develop one at all if you use this device but you should know that you can. There was a girl on here who developed hers in 3 weeks of wearing the NTI. So it just depends from person to person. I have heard people wear them for years with no problem at all.

 
Old 10-28-2009, 10:06 AM   #6
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Hello everyone, I have been using the NTI for 2 nights. I have not had any problems sleeping with it. It has not had a negative effect. I do still feel the TMJ on that side. My joint still aches. My ear is a little better. I guess if this thing is going to work it may take time. My teeth on the side of the TMJ hurt also. I hope the not being able to grind the teeth helps. I wonder if my ligamient is torn? I am still taking muscle relaxants. Ibuproohen, neurontin. Frustrated. Shelley

 
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Hello everyone, I have been using the NTI for 2 nights. I have not had any problems sleeping with it. It has not had a negative effect. I do still feel the TMJ on that side. My joint still aches. My ear is a little better. I guess if this thing is going to work it may take time. My teeth on the side of the TMJ hurt also. I hope the not being able to grind the teeth helps. I wonder if my ligamient is torn? I am still taking muscle relaxants. Ibuproohen, neurontin. Frustrated. Shelley
HI there, sorry to hear what you are going through. Are you going to a tmd specialist? or a regular dentist for your tmd?

 
Old 10-29-2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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my dentist was talking about referring me to an oral surgeon. I hope they do more than surgery, because I am way to much in the beginning of this to think about that. I was also looking at Tufts craniofacial pain center in Boston. I looked up neuromuscular dentistry and this came up. Shelley

 
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my dentist was talking about referring me to an oral surgeon. I hope they do more than surgery, because I am way to much in the beginning of this to think about that. I was also looking at Tufts craniofacial pain center in Boston. I looked up neuromuscular dentistry and this came up. Shelley
surgery should and usually is the absolute last resort w-tmd treatment. ONly 3-4% of cases need surgery. You need to find a good specialist , and maybe be prepared to drive a good distance to find one. Mine is a couple hours away, but it's worth the hassle, no one around me knows what they are doing. ----J.

 
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