How to Cut a Snoring Mouthpiece to Fit
Snoring can be a nuisance, disrupting your peace, your bed partner's sleep and your relationship. But with the help of a snoring mouthpiece, you can help alleviate the issues caused by snoring. Snoring mouthpieces, made of non-toxic materials, wedge the jaw slightly forward, opening the airway and reducing the vibrations that cause snoring. But even with the best mouthpieces, it’s essential to make sure you have the right fit for the most effective use.
Cutting a snoring mouthpiece is a surprisingly simple process. But before grabbing a pair of scissors or clippers it’s important to know the correct fit for your mouthpiece and how to measure the right amount for cutting. Here's a step-by-step guide to making sure you have the right fit.
Step One: Choosing a Mouthpiece
Before you begin you first need to buy the right snoring mouthpiece and choose one which is adjustable to help you get the best fit. You can get all kinds of mouthpieces, with different features and materials, so it's important to do your research before making a purchase. It's more economical and convenient to buy a mouthpiece made out of a flexible material which will be easy to trim so that you get the correct fit.
Step Two: Taking Measurements
Before you start trimming the mouthpiece, you will need to take the proper measurements. You can do this by marking the mouthpiece while it's in your mouth. To start with, place the mouthpiece between your upper and lower teeth and make sure that it is seated fully in your mouth. It's important that you close your teeth completely, just as you would when biting into an apple. Then, using a soft pen or marker, mark the point which is blocking the back of the roof of your mouth.
Step Three: Trimming the Mouthpiece
Once you have measured and marked the mouthpiece, it's time to do some trimming. The best method for this is to use a sharp scissor, but you can also use an electric razor or a nail clipper. It's important to take your time and be precise, as you don't want to be over-trimming the mouthpiece and making it too large. Start by snipping off one side of the mouthpiece, then test the fit by placing it in your mouth. Make sure that the mouthpiece doesn’t block the back of your mouth at all while seated. If it does, take off another sliver and check the fit again. You may find you need to trim the same area several times until it’s a snug fit.
Step Four: Removing Sharp Edges
Once you have cut the mouthpiece to the right size, you may wish to remove any sharp edges that might be produced as a result of trimming. To do this, use a file or an emery board and run them along the edges of the mouthpiece to smoothen them. This will make sure that the mouthpiece is comfortable when worn in your mouth.
Step Five: Cleaning the Mouthpiece
Once you have completed the trimming process, it’s important that you clean the mouthpiece properly before using it. Firstly, you need to use a brush or toothbrush to remove any particles that may be clinging to the surface. Then, wet a cotton swab and wipe down the mouthpiece, using a gentle cleaning solution if necessary. Once the mouthpiece has been washed, store it in a dry place, using the provided case to keep it safe from moisture.
Final Check and Use
Once you have cut, smoothed and cleaned the mouthpiece, it's important to check the fit again before using it. For the best results, you can ask your dentist or sleep physician to help you make sure that you have a snug and comfy fit before you start using the mouthpiece regularly. This is also a great way to make sure that you are using the mouthpiece correctly.
When worn correctly, a snoring mouthpiece should dramatically reduce the amount of noise you make and improve your chances of a better night's sleep for you and your partner. While it may take some time to get used to wearing a snoring mouthpiece, it can make all the difference when it comes to controlling snoring.