Braces for grinding and headaches

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Heidirs
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#16 Postby Heidirs » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:27 am

Had my first adjustment today. The coil springs came off all four back corners and brackets put on the molars back there. Old wire taken off, new wire put on. The corner tooth that sticks out is noticeably better from before.

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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#17 Postby Steph30 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:13 am

Looking really good so far!! That one tooth is greatly improved :)
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My braces journal: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=51940

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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#18 Postby Heidirs » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:44 am

Steph30 wrote:Looking really good so far!! That one tooth is greatly improved :)


It's kind of amazing. I actually noticed it from the back first with my tongue. Like, where did that gap go that used to be there? Still waiting for the teeth on the bottom with the spring to spread apart to pull the tooth stuck behind forward. That will be really exciting to have at least everything in line.
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#19 Postby Heidirs » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:45 am

Looks like Photobucket ended their free hosting service, so I'm going to have find another site. But here's some pics anyway.

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New, thicker wire put on this morning along with a spring to force two feet apart so they pull forward the tooth behind.

And MAN am I feeling it! Goodness, gracious. I went to the store and bought a whole gallon of ice cream. ow.
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#20 Postby bracedengineer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:19 am

Now that you've had your braces on for a bit, do you feel like they've helped with your grinding? I didn't know that correctly aligned teeth "can't" grind. According to my boyfriend I grind my teeth all the time when I sleep (which he hates) and I never knew it could be fixed. I am started my braces journey tomorrow (eek!) so I'm interested to see if it helps mine as well.

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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#21 Postby EmilyTravels » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:40 pm

Me too! I never grinded (ground???) my teeth before, but I fractured my jaw in a bike accident in April, had it wired, and now that I've mostly healed up, I am grinding and clenching like crazy. And it is driving me mad. My bite feels better than even just a month ago, but still I grind and clench, both during the day and night. Awful!

My Oral Surgeon recommended braces to finish my healing process, and I am really, really hoping they will stop the clenching and grinding. I haven't had a consultation with an ortho yet, but that is coming soon.
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#22 Postby Heidirs » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:03 am

bracedengineer wrote:Now that you've had your braces on for a bit, do you feel like they've helped with your grinding? I didn't know that correctly aligned teeth "can't" grind. According to my boyfriend I grind my teeth all the time when I sleep (which he hates) and I never knew it could be fixed. I am started my braces journey tomorrow (eek!) so I'm interested to see if it helps mine as well.


I think it is helping. My headaches aren't bothering me as much and when I forget to wear my guard at night, my teeth don't feel that bad in the morning. I can tell I am still doing some grinding, but not as much. I used to REALLY feel it when I forgot my to wear my guard, now not so much.
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#23 Postby Heidirs » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:06 am

EmilyTravels wrote: My Oral Surgeon recommended braces to finish my healing process, and I am really, really hoping they will stop the clenching and grinding. I haven't had a consultation with an ortho yet, but that is coming soon.


My ortho told he couldn't really do anything about clenching. But for some people, your brain recognizes something odd is going on with your mouth, and it will stop the clenching and grinding as a protective instinct. I haven't been that lucky. I'm still grinding, but I'm grinding a lot less. So progress has still been made.

I hope your consultation goes well!
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#24 Postby EmilyTravels » Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:33 pm

Heidirs wrote:
EmilyTravels wrote: My Oral Surgeon recommended braces to finish my healing process, and I am really, really hoping they will stop the clenching and grinding. I haven't had a consultation with an ortho yet, but that is coming soon.


My ortho told he couldn't really do anything about clenching. But for some people, your brain recognizes something odd is going on with your mouth, and it will stop the clenching and grinding as a protective instinct. I haven't been that lucky. I'm still grinding, but I'm grinding a lot less. So progress has still been made.

I hope your consultation goes well!


Thanks so much! It's Monday, and I can't wait to see what he says. I hope braces can help my bite, and perhaps as a side effect, help with the grinding and clenching. I never did either until my bite went wonky because of my bike accident/jaw fractures. Glad to hear that you've experienced less grinding!
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#25 Postby Heidirs » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:11 pm

Got an adjustment on Monday that included putting a thicker wire on top. He also put a gauge on the bottom spring to tighten it up again to try to get some more movement in those teeth that need to spread apart.

I have another appointment in 4 weeks this time to get a bracket replaced. The tooth it's on is twisting inward, which it's not supposed to do. So they want to change where the bracket is placed to make it behave properly. And they are hoping they can put a bracket on the tooth that needs to move forward.

I've noticed a gap on top between two back teeth that I get food stuck between all the time. Going to ask them about when that can be closed because that's annoying.

So far so good.
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#26 Postby Heidirs » Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:12 pm

EmilyTravels wrote:Thanks so much! It's Monday, and I can't wait to see what he says. I hope braces can help my bite, and perhaps as a side effect, help with the grinding and clenching. I never did either until my bite went wonky because of my bike accident/jaw fractures. Glad to hear that you've experienced less grinding!


How did your appointment go?
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Re: Braces for grinding and headaches

#27 Postby EmilyTravels » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:15 pm

Heidirs wrote:
EmilyTravels wrote:Thanks so much! It's Monday, and I can't wait to see what he says. I hope braces can help my bite, and perhaps as a side effect, help with the grinding and clenching. I never did either until my bite went wonky because of my bike accident/jaw fractures. Glad to hear that you've experienced less grinding!


How did your appointment go?


I've had braces on for nearly four weeks now. So far just brackets and wires, no elastics, so no change in my bite (or the grinding/clenching that I think result from the malocclusion), but it's early days. Still very hopeful!
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