Facts about Mouth Guards

What is the use of a mouth guard?

Mouth guards are meant to protect teeth from damage, reduce jaw pain and prevent bruxism. Some guards act as shock absorbers while others have pads that separate the lower and upper teeth.

What is a mouth guard made of?

Mouth guards are made of FDA-approved materials such as acrylic, vinyl, acetate or a hybrid of more than one metal like chromium cobalt. The TMJ guards are made of a soft material on the inside and a hard material on the outside. Most night guards are made of Ethel Vinyl Acetate.

Can a mouth guard cure my bruxism?

A mouth guard is only used to protect your teeth from damage while you are yet to find the cause of your teeth grinding. Regardless of what manufacturers tell you, a mouth guard will never cure your bruxism.

Can I wear my mouth guard with braces on?

Most orthodontic appliances are worn to reposition your teeth. The process of realigning your teeth might be interfered by using a night guard. A soft and lose mouth guard can however be worn if the bruxism is severe. If teeth misalignment is what caused bruxism, then as soon as the braces are removed, bruxism will stop and you will not need a mouth guard.

Will my night guard fall out of my mouth during the night?

A quality mouth guard that is perfectly fitted should not fall out of your mouth. Custom made night guards are the most comfortable.

Can eat or drink with the night guard on?

You can but it will be very difficult since the guard prevents the lower and upper teeth touching. A night guard is meant to be worn at night while you sleep since there is no eating or drinking at night. In case you eat with the guard on, ensure it is properly cleaned.

How can I clean a mouth guard?

Cleaning and drying a mouth guard prevents bacteria growth. The guard can be cleaned with cool water, tooth brush and tooth paste every day. Once a week, the mouth guard can be soaked in water mixed with a dental cleaner for a few minutes. Avoid boiling the guard as it will lose shape.

Can I talk with the mouth guard in my mouth?

Many people will hardly notice that you are wearing a mouth guard if it is well fitted. Custom mouth guards will not interfere with your talking because it fits your teeth properly.

After how long should a mouth guard be replaced?

The lifespan of a mouth guard depends on the material used to make it and the strength of your teeth. Some guards are durable while others start wearing within a few months. A mouth guard should be replaced as soon as you notice that it has started wearing out or cracking.

Can the night guard be worn during the day?

Yes. A night guard can be worn during the day or even all day long to if you find yourself grinding teeth.