When To Replace Your Night Guard?
If you are anything like me, I always want to get the most out of my purchases. None the less, it is still important to know when the time has come to be out with the old and in with the new. The same goes for your night guard. Whilst our night guards are built with high quality, durable materials, as I’m sure your one from the dentist would also be, they, unfortunately, don’t last forever. Particularly if you are a regular grinder or clencher and wearing your guard every night, eventually the time will come where you will need a replacement.
How long your guard will last will depend on the frequency you wear the guard, your grinding habits, the thickness and make of your guard and how well you clean and store your guard. Whilst many people decide their guard has become too discoloured, dirty or smelly and they would like a new one, there are some other physical attributes to look out for.
- Cracks in the guard
- Small Tears
- The shape is deformed and no longer fits correctly
- The mouthguard doesn’t cover all of the chewing surfaces in your mouth
If your mouthguard falls under any of these categories it will no longer be performing in it’s the best ability at absorbing the pressure from grinding and clenching. It will also no longer be doing the best job at protecting your teeth.
What do we recommend to help you prolong the life of your guard?
The number one way to protect your night guard is to try to keep it clean. We have advice on how to best clean your night guard on our blog ‘Dog Ate Your Night Guard?’.
For your best value for money, we also recommend the Customer Care Plan, which entitles you to one free night guard. We keep your impressions on file so we can quickly arrange for a new guard to be made and sent out to you if something is to happen to your original. Lots of our customers will redeem their guard shortly after purchase so they have a backup or can alternate between the two.