How Should My Night Guard Fit?
Night guards are not all made the same. They get made with different materials and sizes, so one that fits just right for one individual, may not suit another. With a night guard not fitting properly, you may experience further damage to your teeth.
To determine how should a night guard fit, you can follow these simple rules:
1. You can bite down without pain or discomfort
After putting the night guard in your mouth, how does it feel? When you bite down, you shouldn’t experience pain or discomfort. However, it can cut into your gums over time – especially if you have severe Bruxism symptoms and grind your teeth a lot during the night. In addition, the outside edge of the night guard shouldn’t feel sharp because it can cause canker sores on the inside of your mouth.
2. Your night guard doesn’t go all the way to the gum
No matter which night guard you use, it should never go all the way down to your gum. Night guards are intended to protect your teeth when grinding them, so they won’t need to cover your teeth as other orthodontic retainers do. Due to the alignment of your teeth, the night guard may cover more of one tooth than another, but will typically cover half the tooth.
3. Your night guard should fit securely
The night guard should feel natural in your mouth. If it is too tight or too loose, you may experience discomfort. It can also rub against your gums, cheek and teeth that you want to protect. These are signs of a night guard not fitting properly. Over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all night guards normally don’t fit well, and it is recommended that you get a custom-made one.
4. You experience fewer symptoms
How do I know if my night guard fits properly? A clear sign is when you are experiencing fewer Bruxism symptoms and tension that causes teeth grinding. Conversely, symptoms such as headaches or jaw tension can occur when a night guard doesn’t fit well.
5. The bite surface of the night guard
There are two types of bite surfaces for night guards - flat and indented. They can have a significant influence on your fit and comfort. An indented occlusal surface has the indentation of your teeth, allowing it to rest on your upper and lower teeth naturally. A night guard with a flat occlusal surface works great for severe teeth grinders because there is no resistance when grinding.
Night guard not fitting properly?
If your night guard doesn’t fit properly, you might be wearing the wrong kind. Many options are available, and you owe it to yourself to get the right one!
One-size-fits-all night guards are often bulky because they have to accommodate all size mouths and teeth. Therefore, this is not an ideal option. The boil-and-bite night guards provide a better fit. They get placed in hot water and molded to the shape of your teeth. Although, they are still bulkier than custom-made night guards.
Custom-made night guards will get you the closest fit night guard compared to the other options. It fits snugly around your teeth and won’t change the position of your teeth. A custom night guard gets molded to the exact shape of your mouth and teeth, so it is secure during each use.
In addition to the kind of night guard, you have to choose between soft and hard night guards:
- Soft night guard: A soft night guard is flexible and provides a comfortable fit. They are used mainly by those with mild teeth grinding and clenching symptoms.
- Hard night guard: A hard night guard gets made from a hard acrylic and is typically used by those with severe Bruxism.
So, How Should a Night Guard Fit?
Everyone’s mouth is unique. This means that night guards are not a one size fits all product. Ensure you are getting a great night’s rest with a custom-made night guard from WatchMyMouth. Conveniently make the mold of your teeth from your home with our easy-to-use dental impression kit and send it back. You’ll get a perfectly sculpted night guard ready to use, so rest assured that your teeth are protected.
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