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Old 07-13-2002, 02:24 PM   #1
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Unhappy Grinding teeth after braces

Hi all!

Does anyone here suffer from their teeth grinding at night? It seems since I had my braces removed a little over 2 and a half years ago, my teeth have been grinding ever since and now my jaw is starting to feel-well-rigid I guess. It moves and all, but it feels like it's been used a lot. I hope that made sense as it's the only way I can think to describe what I'm experiencing.

Anyone with any advice is appreciated! Thanks


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Old 07-17-2002, 06:21 PM   #2
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Have you talked to your orthodontist about a mouthguard?

Old 07-17-2002, 07:31 PM   #3
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Hi, Amy. I just mentioned this in another post. You can go to your local sporting goods store; buy a rubber mouth guard, for around $3.00. You have to follow instructions on the back (boil it for a few seconds; then put it in your mouth, bite down). As it cools off, it will contour to your teeth. These make excellant mouth good as one's costing a lot more. A good friend of mine told me about this. She had just bought her son an expensive night guard, through their dentist; then she found out about doing this (for herself). She tried it, and said these ones are as good as the more expensive one she bought for her son. I just use a tooth brush and tooth paste, to scrub mine every morning....These last for a very long time.
But, if you'd prefer to have your dentist make one for you, that's fine too. Just do something fast, before you do some permanent damage to your teeth/jaw. Good luck to you....Deb47

Old 07-23-2002, 09:38 AM   #4
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I would definitely see your dentist about a mouthguard. My father grinds his teeth and had one made. It takes some getting used to, but now he can't sleep without it. I have been told by my dentist that a cheap mouthguard could cause more damage (TMJ - jaw problems) if it doesn't fit properly. Just my suggestion.

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