Are snoring mouthpieces bad for your teeth
If used correctly, stop snoring mouthpieces are not bad for your teeth. The trick is to ensure that you have healthy teeth and that the mouthpiece is properly fitted to your mouth. Sounds easy, but it isn’t always the case. Because a stop snoring mouthpiece engages with your teeth to advance the lower jaw it requires strong, healthy teeth. Not only that, but improperly-fitted mouthpieces can lead to other issues such as jaw pain or general discomfort. With so many options available for anti-snoring mouthpieces, it’s important not to settle for your first pick if it’s not providing a comfortable fit and working properly to stop snoring.
Understanding your device
Many companies that sell mandibular advancement devices (MADs,) the primary type of stop snoring mouthpieces, make dishonest promises about the quality of their device. This can give you a false sense of security that your device will work without any harmful side effects. To be sure of the safety of your mouthpiece, look for FDA-Cleared mouthpieces that have been proven to stop snoring. Not only will these particular mouthpieces have passed rigorous tests in their effectiveness, but they’ll be made from safer materials. ZQuiet, for example, is made from a thermoplastic elastomer designed for FDA compliance. This means the materials have already passed rigorous safety tests and do not contain potentially harmful elements such as latex or BPA. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau website at https://www.bbb.org/ to ensure that the company selling the product is reputable and has a good rating.
Fitting a stop snoring mouthpiece
When fitting an anti-snoring mouthpiece to your mouth there are two main design styles to consider, and possibly try out. The two primary types are Monobloc and Bibloc. This refers to how the top and bottom portion of the device is connected. Each MAD has both pieces, which are necessary to properly shift your lower jaw forward to widen your airway while you sleep.
- Monobloc mouthpieces are made of a single piece. The top and bottom are bonded together. This type of mouthpiece restricts jaw movement completely and lacks the flexibility to make adjustments once it’s set up. Users of this type of device can sometimes experience discomfort or joint pain from the rigidity of the MAD.
- Bibloc mouthpieces consist of two separate parts, connected by a flexible joint. This keeps the top and bottom pieces pliable enough for you to have some mouth movement while wearing the device. With some MADs in this category, like ZQuiet, you can even talk or take a drink of water after putting in the device. This flexibility can help keep your jaw relaxed, reducing discomfort.
Testing devices within each category can help you figure out the type of anti-snoring mouthpiece with the most comfortable and effective fit when it comes to combating snoring.
Wearing a MAD that doesn’t fit right
Wearing a mouthpiece improperly, over time, can cause your teeth to move out of alignment. Causes of MADs not fitting right include:
- User error during set-up: this occurs most often with mouthpieces that require a boil and bite process to establish customization to your mouth. If you don’t set the mouthpiece correctly during this stage, or your bite naturally shifts, the mouthpiece won’t fit right and can cause issues with your teeth as well as general discomfort.
- Incorrect adjustment setting: not all devices allow you to change the adjustment setting on the mouthpiece once you’ve made your initial selection. This can lead to fit problems if the adjustment you need changes over time. Devices like ZQuiet provide you with two comfort-fit options to ensure you get the right customization for your mouthpiece. With two separate devices, you’re able to increase your adjustment level after the first night if the smaller adjustment doesn’t work for you.
A MAD that doesn’t fit right is also less effective at stopping snoring. If you continue to snore while wearing a stop snoring mouthpiece, it can be a definite clue your device isn’t sitting in your mouth the right way or may need to be adjusted to provide more jaw advancement.
Consulting a dental professional
The only One potential issue with your teeth when using a MAD that fits properly can occur over time. Long-time users of anti-snoring mouthpieces can experience an increased risk of teeth shifting. Keeping a close eye on your teeth, by consulting with your dentist during regular checkups, can help keep this risk in check. Inform your dentist you’re using a MAD on your next visit and bring your device along so they can check the fit and begin keeping a close watch on your teeth.
Still, have more questions about stop snoring mouthpieces? Our thorough list of Frequently Asked Questions can help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on which stop-snoring mouthpiece is right for you.