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How can I prevent my mouthguard from smelling bad?

Regular cleaning and proper storage are essential. Dry your mouthguard thoroughly before storing it. A mouthguard cleaning solution or a mixture of water and mild soap can also help keep it fresh.

Can I wear my mouthguard while sleeping?

While sports mouthguards aren’t typically designed for nighttime wear, special mouthguards are made for nocturnal teeth grinders (bruxism). If you’re concerned about grinding teeth overnight, consult your orthodontist for the best solution.

What should I do if my mouthguard doesn’t fit correctly?

Consult your orthodontist if your mouthguard is causing discomfort or doesn’t fit properly. They can advise whether adjustments can be made or if a new one is needed.

Is it okay to share my mouthguard with someone else?

For hygiene reasons, you should never share your mouthguard with others. Sharing can also lead to a poor fit, reducing the mouthguard’s effectiveness and potentially causing discomfort.

Can I speak clearly with a mouthguard?

Initially, speaking with a mouthguard might feel odd, but with time and practice, most individuals adapt. Due to their precise fit, custom-fitted mouthguards often cause less speech disruption than bulkier, over-the-counter varieties.

How often should I replace my mouthguard?

While a mouthguard can last several years with proper care, it’s advisable to replace it after a significant growth spurt, a dental procedure, or if it shows signs of wear and tear. Athletes or those frequently involved in contact sports might need to replace theirs more regularly.

What’s the right way to care for my mouthguard?

Regular cleaning, proper storage, and periodic inspection are essential to prolong the lifespan and effectiveness of your mouthguard.

Can I eat with my retainer on?

It is recommended to take out removable retainers while eating to prevent potential damage. For fixed retainers, avoid consuming hard or sticky foods that may dislodge the wire.

What do I do if I lose or break my retainer?

If lost or broken, contact your orthodontist immediately. Getting a replacement or fixing it is crucial to avoid teeth shifting.

How long should I wear my retainer each day?

The duration varies depending on the advice of your orthodontist and the stage of your post-treatment. Always follow your orthodontist’s recommendations to ensure the stability and longevity of your orthodontic results.