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Realigning teeth

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Created April 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I have minor crowding on my lower jaw.

I can't afford Invisalign or traditional braces at the moment.

Anyone here know of and tried other methods? I'm thinking of chewing on a piece of wood for 3-5 weeks whenever I'm home alone.

What say?

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:01 PM

I call bullshit. My youngest son and I, both mouth breathers, have no crowding, while my oldest son, also a mouth breather, does; however, my oldest son's dad, not a mouth breather, does have crowding. Genetics is more at play here.

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:15 AM

I had this problem and got a bridge to correct it. Basically, it was like a cage for my tongue attached to my palate. I had to focus on pushing my tongue up to the palate instead of down in to my bottom teeth. Kind of strange to explain but hey, it worked.

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on April 14, 2012
at 02:23 AM

Are you a mouth-breather by habit? Mouth-breathers not only sleep with their mouths open (you'll know you're one if you wake up in a puddle of drool every morning), but when concentrating or focusing their attention on something (ie, starting at a computer or doing homework) they tend to have their mouths partly open.

I only ask, because mouth breathing tends to lead to crowding of the teeth. When your tongue is not at rest against your upper palate and spreading out along your lower teeth, this can cause your entire facial and dental structure to grow incorrectly. Your facial features will be elongated and you will have a 'V' shaped upper arch instead of a 'U'-shape. Having a V-shaped palate without proper tongue pressure can cause your teeth grow in crooked and crowded.

Here are some related articles you might want to check out. Most of these are related to children's cases (since this can be corrected at a young age).

The effect of mode of breathing on craniofacial growth???revisited

Every Child Can Grow an Attractive Face - Mouth Breathing Causes Crooked Teeth

1ef2c3bfd6bb37877b02fddc819bebac

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:15 AM

I had this problem and got a bridge to correct it. Basically, it was like a cage for my tongue attached to my palate. I had to focus on pushing my tongue up to the palate instead of down in to my bottom teeth. Kind of strange to explain but hey, it worked.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on May 25, 2012
at 12:01 PM

I call bullshit. My youngest son and I, both mouth breathers, have no crowding, while my oldest son, also a mouth breather, does; however, my oldest son's dad, not a mouth breather, does have crowding. Genetics is more at play here.

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on April 14, 2012
at 12:37 AM

That won't work. Minor crowding is not a big deal. Can you post radiographs?

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