For chronic teeth grinders, a nightguard is an invaluable tool in keeping your mouth healthy and smile bright. However, an ill-fitting nightguard can do a lot more harm than good if it pulls your teeth out of alignment, cuts your gums, or does any number of other bad things to your mouth. To prevent this from happening while still being able to safely prevent your grinding and clenching, here are two ways to tell if a nightguard fits right.

1. The Fit

A nightguard should fit snug on your teeth if it’s properly sized for your mouth. Outside of minor discomfort in the first few nights of wearing it as you break it in, there shouldn’t be any pain associated with wearing one. It should not be tight or cause you discomfort like something like a retainer might as a nightguard is meant to perfectly conform to the shape of your teeth. It also shouldn’t be so loose that it threatens to fall out of your mouth all on its own.

2. The Size

Nightguards are only supposed to cover one set of teeth. By this, we mean that they should not go all the way up to your gums when they fit properly. Not only is this extra material a waste given that it doesn’t serve a purpose, it can also damage your gums if it rubs against them. This kind of issue is caused by misjudging the length of teeth and needs to be corrected in order to assure you aren’t injuring yourself as you sleep.

Nightguards are a great way to protect your teeth if you have issues with clenching or grinding them during the night. However, make sure any nightguard you might purchase meets these requirements to avoid a risk of injury or damage to your teeth. If you’d like to pick one up or get any other dental services performed, book an appointment with Exquisite Smiles today.