Can you fix a broken mouth guard?
And we have some great news! However, even expensive mouth guards purchased from a dentist are known to crack, break, or wear down after nightly use. Night guards generally cannot be repaired if they are cracked or broken and must be re-molded and crafted from scratch.
Can a cracked night guard be fixed?
When your night guard develops a hole, it will need to be replaced. If this was your first night guard, a hole developing also helps to tell your dentist about your sleep behaviors. If your night guard is relatively new and a hole has developed, a device made of a more durable material may be suggested.
How often should you replace your mouth guard?
We recommend you visit your sports dentist to replace your mouth guard after every season or every six months. Research shows that mouth guards become less effective when they lose their thickness. This is because there is less protective material to absorb external impact and protect your teeth from injury.
How do I fix my mouth guard?
If there is a slight abrasion, rip or tear in your mouthguard causing discomfort:
- Find a smooth metal surface (a spoon works best).
- Heat the metal and apply a small amount of cooking oil or edible lubricant.
- Using the heated and lubricated metal surface, gently smooth out the rough area.
Can I glue my night guard back together?
While the internet is full of “quick fixes” and solutions such as gluing, filing, patching, or remoulding your night guard, a “do-it-yourself” repair is rarely wise. In fact, any attempt to fix your appliance yourself can void your warranty.
Can I glue my broken retainer?
Please do not attempt to fix your broken retainer by yourself! Using super glue or other household adhesive is not a proper solution. Additionally, you will not be able to ensure that your retainer will remain effective. Get professional help by calling our office at (651) 686-6800.
How long do dental night guards last?
Night Guards will have varying durability depending on a number of factors. A night guard will have an average lifespan of 5 years, but depending upon the wear, it can need replacement in just 1 year.
Can you use super glue on a mouth guard?
Market soft glues like school glue, airplane model glue, and ceramic glue are not appropriate for this fix. Those can just make the situation worse. The best glue is dental-grade resin but it can be costly if you’re on a budget. Instead of super glues or crazy glues, try acrylic resin instead.
How long do night mouth guards last?
Why do night guards turn yellow?
Discoloration on a mouthguard is, often, a good sign proper cleaning isn’t happening. It’s not uncommon for people to let saliva sit in the guard, and over time, this can create a yellowing effect.
Can you remold a night guard?
You can remold the night guard as your teeth are shifting in braces treatment.
Why is my mouth guard loose?
Your night mouth guard is intended to fit over the teeth while you sleep in order to protect them from damage, usually from teeth grinding (bruxism). If your night guard keeps falling out while you’re sleeping, this indicates that the fit may not be quite right.