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Hi, I just bought a boil and bite mouth guard because I tend to clench/grind my teeth at night. I have only worn it for a week and my bite suddenly feels different. There is just one top tooth (I believe it is the first bicuspid) that feels almost like it has pushed in a little bit. It seems to be hitting quicker than the other side of my mouth. Is this possible after only wearing the guard at bedtime for a week? And will it shift back to normal quickly if I quit wearing the guard?

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Anything is possible with the use of a mouthguard that is not supervised by a properly trained dentist.  Things could get better or they could get worse.  Dental treatment is not a do it yourself project.  Clearly you have a problem with your bite.  My advice is to have a proper examination by a dentist before this situation becomes more complicated and more problematic.

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Dr. Randolph Myerson

Expertise

Please limit your inquiry to questions about orthodontics (braces) and children's dentistry. I am both an Orthodontist and a Pediatric Dentist, having been trained in both of these dental specialty fields. Orthodontics is the dental specialty that treats problems of tooth, bite and jaw alignment using braces and removable appliances. Pediatric Dentistry is the dental specialty also known as dentistry for children, which deals specifically with the dental problems of this special age group from infants to adolescents. I am also experienced in Forensic Dentistry, the application of dentistry to law enforcement and identification using dental records.

Experience

I have been in the private practice of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry for over 20 years. Prior to that I served for three years on the Cleft Palate and Cranio-facial Reconstruction team at Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia and was an Assistant Professor of Dentistry at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. I also served as a dentist in the U.S.Air Force, stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, DC.

Organizations
I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, as well as a member of the American Dental Association and the Dental Society of the State of New York.

Education/Credentials
I received my BA in Biology from Frankin & Marshall College in 1969, and my dental degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1973. In 1978 I received both my Certificate in Orthodontics from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children''s Hospital of Philadelphia after completing a three year Teaching Fellowship in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in 1978.

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