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I grind my teeth down--what will help?

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I grind my teeth down--what will help?

Postby marilynn25 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:49 pm

I have been grinding my teeth for years (due to nervous habit and job stress), and have gotten to the point where I can see the "core" inside when I look at them. My dentist is keeping an eye on them, but said that if I grind them down any more, he will have to start filling them in. I wear a biteguard at night, but can't during the day because I have to answer the phones at work and it's hard to talk properly with the guard in. What can I do to improve the appearance of my teeth? I have cut back on my bad habit, but they are very short right now, and I do have a naturally long upper lip, so it's hard to see my teeth when I smile. For some reason, my dentist's office has been very vague about options for making them look better. Does anyone else have a tooth-grinding problem? What can I do about it? All answers will be really appreciated. Thanks.
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Postby ModSquad » Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:35 pm

Just a thought -- have you tried consults with orthodontist's?

When I was in retainers 24/7 fresh having my braces removed, now ONLY wear at night, anyway none knew I had clear retainers in, and I was able to speak fine, did take getting use to, but in no time they felt very comfy.

If I feel shifting in my teeth I will wear them in daytime such as after lunch, at my orthodontists request... ;-)

Keep us posted, healthy teeth, happy smiles,
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Postby marilynn25 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:06 pm

Hi, ModSquad. Thanks for the answer. I will definitely look into the clear retainer/biteguard thing--that's a good idea if I want to wear it more than I do now. If I can stop the grinding process, then maybe afterward it would be worth looking into getting them nicer-looking. Have you ever heard of anyone getting their teeth cosmetically lengthened?? I swear I once heard of that somewhere, but don't remember anything about it.
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Postby ModSquad » Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:12 pm

I've seen where the pt had gum work done that made they teeth appear larger, and not more gum showing than teeth, end results more teeth showing when smiling, than gums, beautiful results...
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Re: I grind my teeth down--what will help?

Postby ocapple1 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:23 am

your orthodontist can make you a set of retainers with a "bite plane" on it, which will help you with your grinding at night! Then he'll be able to adjust the retainer to get your teeth moving in the right direction!

This is only good if you have slight movement, so consult in an orthodontist!!

Good luck!
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