Do night guards need to be fitted?

Remember that you got impressions taken of your teeth so your night guard would fit like a glove and be custom to you. If it doesn’t fit like a glove, something is wrong. Your mouth guard should feel like it’s securely holding your teeth exactly where they should be.

Do you have to be fitted for a night guard?

If you’ve been wearing your night guard for a few weeks and are experiencing pain or your night guard is extremely uncomfortable, it’s very important to have the fit reevaluated. Your night guard might feel strange at first, but in time you should get used to it, and it shouldn’t cause you pain.

Is it bad to wear a mouthguard that doesn’t fit?

Your nightguard should fit snug against your teeth without falling out or shifting. Wearing a poor-fitting guard can cause pain, jaw stiffness, and affect dental alignment. A broken, damaged, or poor-fitting nightguard can put your teeth at risk of damage.

Is a top or bottom night guard better?

Upper guards are typically recommended because they don’t remove easily compared to lower teeth nightguard. Dentists favor lower guards because they are often more comfortable and easier to get used to. The ideal night guard should protect all your teeth while not affecting your natural bite.

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Does mouthguard go on top or bottom?

Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), your dentist will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Your dentist can suggest the best mouth guard for you.

Can night guards ruin your teeth?

Often, deep grooves will eventually form in the night guard from the force of the grinding. The night guard prevents this same force from causing damage to the teeth. Without a night guard, enamel can be worn down excessively, leading to tooth sensitivity.

Can I soak my night guard in mouthwash?

2- Wash your night guard in mouthwash.

Submerging your night guard in mouthwash will help kill the germs left on your mouthguard. After you have submerged it in mouthwash rinse it with cool water. Do NOT soak your night guard in mouthwash, as that may cause damage.

Can you drink water with a night guard in?

Do not eat or drink (except water) with your guard in. Be sure you floss and brush thoroughly prior to placement as food and bacteria can become trapped between your teeth and guard and increase your risk of decay an stain the guard.