Orthodontics for 60 yo folks?
There was a recent thread here on dental night guards and a (to me)surprisingly large number of folks posted on their personal experiences. As far as I could see from the posts, the night guards were almost all worn primarily to reduce teeth grinding.
I have severe case of overbite and last year my dentist recommended a night guard to position my lower jaw forward and open my airways during sleep. Amazingly I have got used to wearing this big appliance when I sleep. It undoubtedly does open my throat significantly, but I can't say that I have seen any improvement in my sleep quantity or quality.
Anyways my dentist proposes a course of treatment for my overbite which
would involve wearing the night guard & wearing another appliance during
the day for about 1 year, at which point my jaw would have been "trained" to be in its new position. At that point I would get braces for my teeth to reposition them appropriately, which process would take another year or more. The advantage at the end would be properly positioned jaw and teeth - with reduction in possible sleep apnea & potential jaw pain issues, and less stress on my teeth when my jaw is closed and thus better dental health.
The reality of the severe overbite (combined with a backward slanting upper front teeth) is not in doubt as it has been remarked on by every dentist I ever visited. My dentist says my lower jaw is "in jail", forced back by my upper teeth pushing the lower ones back. I can't even imagine what a properly aligned mouth and jaw would feel like. Without treatment my dentist paints a picture she has supposedly seen with other patients of upcoming jaw pain, cracked teeth etc.
I think my dentist is a good young professional but she is expensive and has some expensive new X-ray equipment (which take images of whole head and throat) to pay off. I get the impression that fixing overbites is an enthusiasm for her.
So... any experiences, advice etc. from the excellent folks here? Thanks in advance.