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Nail Nibblers Get a New Treatment

I used to have a boyfriend who, because he was so stressed from law school, couldn't stop biting his nails. So then he moved on to nibbling his knuckles. By the end of his first year, he had barely any nails left and puffy, swollen joints. Sound vaguely familiar? Lots of people bite their nails, whether absentmindedly or actively, and most chompers have told me that they just can't stop the habit.

That could change, though, if a Dutch business manages to sell its idea. Alain-Raymond van Abbe, a former cosmetics marketer, has created a barely-visible tooth guard for nail biters. The mouthpiece makes it impossible for people to bite their nails, but it can be removed for eating. After four weeks, van Abbe says, the impulse to gnaw goes away.

Van Abbe's treatment fee can climb as high as $670, which seems awfully expensive for what basically amounts to a clear retainer. But for that kind of fee, I think I'd try to win with will power first.

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julierecendiz julierecendiz 7 years
OMG!i cant stop biting...i hate it im always so self conscience about my nail ppl always tell me to be dipping them in something gross but i guess i need to try it to see if it actually wok but in the mean time ill be a little chipper like always
lizesc lizesc 8 years
Invisalign totally worked for me. And now that it's been 8 months since I've been able to bit my nails I realize how much it hurts when they get to short and torn.
ishop2much ishop2much 8 years
Biting my nails is a disease...I can't stop! Oh well, it's better than taking to alcohol or something major for stress relief!
carolbob carolbob 8 years
Either take a sedative or get acrylic nails.....sheesh
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
Well I used to bite my nails but now I pull out the cuticle clippers and clip away sometimes until its tender. I know, I know - bad me!! I still catch myself biting but I don't do it near as much as I used to. My manicurist gets on to me almost everytime I am there. Sometimes I will skip my appointment b/c I don't want to hear it.
Livience Livience 8 years
I've had the same problem and my solution is this great little product called "Hoof," which I picked up at WalMart. I say that, if you licked Satan, I bet he would taste like Hoof.It's so nasty that you stop biting your nails in the first week or so. Takes a month to stop the initial bite impulse, but the bottle recommends that you continue wearing it for six months to completely cure yourself of the impulse.I used Hoof, stopped biting, stopped using it, and started again about two months later. This time around, I'm going to go all the way to six months and see if it breaks me of the habit completely.
Livience Livience 8 years
I've had the same problem and my solution is this great little product called "Hoof," which I picked up at WalMart. I say that, if you licked Satan, I bet he would taste like Hoof. It's so nasty that you stop biting your nails in the first week or so. Takes a month to stop the initial bite impulse, but the bottle recommends that you continue wearing it for six months to completely cure yourself of the impulse. I used Hoof, stopped biting, stopped using it, and started again about two months later. This time around, I'm going to go all the way to six months and see if it breaks me of the habit completely.
ms_mags ms_mags 8 years
I think a teeth guard would be great. Just lower the price! I would definitely use it. My nails can't handle me being stressed out.
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 8 years
Sounds like my invisalign tray to me. Mine didn't cost near that much, but I remember what it was like to bite my nails and draw blood...it might be worth it!
MissBardot MissBardot 8 years
i have bitten my nails my entire life, to the point that it's been painful at times. :( I'd love to try this b/c so far, nothing has worked! I just want to be able to get pretty manicures!
sharilynne17 sharilynne17 8 years
I have major nail biting issues...I too have stopped for some time and I always end up starting again. The only success I have had in the past is if I got weekly manicures with clear polish. I was less apt to putting my nails in my mouth. I may have to try this guard thing though!!!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Good luck to all of you! Sounds like you have a mini-support group happening already!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I have never bitten my nails but know some people that do, maybe this would help them out.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
PrSiren same goes with me. i can go quite awhile without doing it, but as soon as a nail breaks I'm a goner!
turtyle turtyle 8 years
PrSiren, I wish you good luck, because I am exactly like you. I haven't bitten my nails in over a month. This is the longest I have ever gone, so maybe we can do it together?! :)
PrSiren PrSiren 8 years
i'm a nail biter. i hate it. i've stopped biting my nails a few times. i can go about two months and then something will happen like i break a nail or i get really nervous about an event/situation, and i accidently bite them. It can take me another year before i'm able to break the habit again. however...right now it's been two weeks since i last bit them. wish me luck.
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