Can a Retainer Protect You from Harmful Teeth Grinding Effects?

If you’ve had orthodontic work, you likely now wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their perfect new position.


If you also grind your teeth, you may find yourself in a dilemma. How do you keep your teeth from shifting their position while also protecting them from grinding?

First, let’s go over the most typical types of retainers that you may be familiar with: clear plastic retainers and wire retainers. Since wire retainers are made of wire and plastic and do not cover the bottom surfaces of your teeth, they would not offer protection from grinding and may actually snap due to the force of grinding or clenching. Clear retainers on the other hand, do cover the bottom surfaces of your teeth, so they may provide some protection from grinding. However, depending on the severity of your grinding, they may wear down or crack because the material is not durable enough.

Luckily, if you’re looking for a way to both keep your teeth in their position and counteract grinding, Chomper Labs offers a solution that can do both. Chomper Labs’ Retainer Night Guard is made of a durable material that’s strong enough to stand up to grinding, but also maintains that perfect smile.

Another often overlooked factor to making sure that your retainer is able to do its job is proper maintenance. Believe it or not, taking care of your retainer by cleaning it regularly helps it to last longer so it can continue to do its job. The simplest way to care for your retainer is to use retainer cleaning tablets. This will help give your retainer a deep clean to keep it at its best.

Now that you know more about the types of retainers and how to maintain your retainer once you’ve found the one that’s right for you, it’s time to evaluate your retainer to see if it meets all of your needs. If you don’t have a retainer that's also designed to protect your teeth from grinding, you may want to make the switch to Chomper Labs’ Retainer Night Guard, especially if you grind your teeth moderately to heavily. The Retainer Night Guard will outlast any typical clear retainer, keeping your teeth protected from both shifting and grinding.