How Should A Mouthguard Fit?
Regardless of what your mouthguard is for, a mouth guard should always fit properly. If you have already felt unsafe and uncomfortable wearing a mouth guard that didn't fit well, here are 2 easy ways to identify a safe mouthpiece.
Should a mouthguard fit tightly?
If you wear a standard or slim fit mouth guard, the first thing you should notice about the fit of your guard is that it snaps into place and fits very snugly. You shouldn't need to close your mouth to keep you guard in place and if it doesn't fit like a glove, something is wrong.
However, if your guard feels like it’s putting so much pressure on your teeth that it’s moving them, that's a sign that the guard is badly molded or too small and should be changed.
If you have a Nxtrnd Mouthguard, we recommend you follow our simple 10 step fitting guide included in every package to get the perfect fit.
Should a mouthguard be comfortable?
A mouth guard should always fit comfortably. In fact, a good mouth guard will let you speak and breath very easily. An important aspect about the fit of your mouth guard is that it won’t be molded to your teeth all the way to the upper gum line and won't extend all the way to your back molars.
When a mouth guard is too high, it will rub against your gums and lips creating discomfort and irritation which can end up being a distraction during a game. Also, a mouth guard that extends to far back will come in contact with the wearers soft tissue and cause a gag reflex.
Ideally, a comfortable mouth guard will cover all your teeth (with exception of the first or second back molars) and some of your gum line without overwhelming the entire jaw.
For a mouth guard designed to offer the correct amount of coverage, we recommend looking into the Nxtrnd Rush, the Nxtrnd Classic or the Nxtrnd Zero which have become Amazon's top rated mouthguards in the contact sports and outdoor sports categories.
If you grind and clench your teeth at night, continu reading below to learn more about what makes a good teeth grinding mouthguard.
WHAT IS THE BEST NIGHT GUARD FOR CLENCHING?
Are you waking up feeling tired and not rested enough to take on the day? If so, you might be suffering from a condition called night time teeth grinding, also known as bruxism in the medical world.
While there is no known cure, you've come to the right place to find the best remedy available. Recommended by most dental and sleep specialists, a night time mouthguard or night guard is an appliance you can use to quickly reduce the damaging symptoms related to grinding and clenching.
Whether you're a heavy, mild or moderate teeth grinder/clencher, we've found the best teeth grinding mouth guards for you. Discover our top 3 picks below.
- Best Overall Teeth Grinding Mouthguard: Rise Guard
- Best for Heavy Teeth Grinding: JS Dental Lab Hard Guard
- Best for Light/Moderate Teeth Grinding: Rise Guard
HOW DO TEETH GRINDING GUARDS WORK
Professional clenching mouthguards acts as a barrier between your upper and lower teeth. When you clench your jaw, this night guard helps to reduce the tension and gives relief to your jaw muscles. By doing so, the mouthguard not only helps prevent face and jaw pain but also protects against:
- Loss of tooth enamel
- Waking up with headaches
- Lack of sleep and fatigue
- Limited ability to open the mouth
Like all mouthguards, it's important to choose a model that best suits your needs. Night guards comes in a multitude of material harnesses, each made according to the users’ severity of grinding.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I GRIND MY TEETH?
- Heavy: Signs of flattened, fractured or chipped teeth. Jaw disorders
- Moderate: Slight morning jaw pain. Dull headaches
- Light: Poor sleep. Morning fatigue. Tooth sensitivity.
Benefits of wearing a well fitted mouthguard
When your mouthguard fits correctly, you’ll wreap all the benefits of wearing a mouthguard, which includes; protecting your teeth from chips and cracks and eliminating side effects like jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.
The teeth you have are the only ones you’re ever going to get, so it’s essential you do everything in your power to protect them. For many athletes, that means wearing a Nxtrnd mouthguard.
At Nxtrnd Mouthguards, our mission is simple:
"Enhance athletic performance by providing innovative protection equipment."
Contact us to learn more today.