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Does my bite affect the success of the snoring mouthpiece or mouthguard?

Author: Dr. Mike Williams (Michael Williams)

Tagged: bite, success, snoring, mouthpiece

Yes, your bite may affect the success of the stop snoring mouthpiece.  The snoring mouthpieces are designed to stop snoring by advancing the lower jaw which then opens the airway to allow easier breathing and less soft tissue vibration thus stopping or reducing the snoring noise.  People who cannot advance or move their jaw forward beyond its customary normal bite location will not be successful with this type of mouthpiece known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD). A class III bite, where the lower teeth usually are in front of the upper teeth will have no benefit or limited success, if they cannot mover their jaw forward. Other bite positions are usually successful with MADs.

Interestingly, the tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) can be successful with all bites since it functions by moving the tongue itself forward.

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