The SnoreMender is different from a lot of the mandibular advancement anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market in that it completely bypasses the boil-and-bite fitting method, similar to the ZQuiet. However, it has a feature the ZQuiet doesn’t have: Pressure Shift Technology that shifts pressure off the lower front teeth.
The mouthpiece is held in place because the top plate pulls on the upper front teeth and the bottom plate pushes on the lower teeth to advance your lower jaw. In response to customers complaining about soreness of their lower teeth, the latest model of SnoreMender, “SnoreMender-3”, has been redesigned with Pressure Shift Technology to reduce the pressure on and soreness of the lower teeth. This mouthpiece also has a flexible top and bottom plate that are hinged, so you can open and close your mouth naturally during sleep. Previous models from SnoreMender are the “SnoreMender” (Original) and the “SnoreMender PS”.
How Does the SnoreMender Mouthpiece Work?
The SnoreMender mouthpiece is classified as a mandibular advancement device, in other words, it repositions your lower jaw slightly forward while you sleep, preventing the jaw and tongue from falling backward. This should result in an immediate reduction in snoring if your snoring is caused by your throat relaxing too much during sleep and obstructing your airway. That partial obstruction leads to the tissue vibration that makes it sound like you’re sawing wood during the night. That effect is made worse if you sleep on your back or if you enjoy an adult beverage or two before bed.
To use the SnoreMender, just fold it closed and put it into your mouth before going to sleep. That’s it. The SnoreMender has a break-in period; it might hold your mouth open wide the first few times you wear it. With use, the hinges will relax, allowing you to close your mouth naturally during sleep. You can speed up the break-in period by submerging the hinge-side of the SnoreMender in boiling water for 30 seconds.
If you are experiencing any aching or discomfort after eight weeks of continued use, the SnoreMender might be too strong and need adjustment. The company provides instructions for what to do in that case. It involves putting the mouthpiece into boiling water to then manually lengthen the middle of the upper tray. So while you don’t have to make any adjustments when you first try the mouthpiece, it’s possible to you’ll have to make some adjustments down the line for optimal comfort.
To clean your mouthpiece, wash it with warm water and soap. To keep the hinges springy, open the mouthpiece thoroughly and run hot tap water over the hinges for 30 seconds. Then let the mouthpiece dry in the storage box. The SnoreMender is easy to clean since it’s not a boil-and-bite mouthpiece. Those types of mouthpieces create a mold of your teeth, so there are a lot of nooks and indentations you need to get clean. The SnoreMender doesn’t have that issue.
Their older mouthpieces:
User Feedback (Some refer to their older models)
Pros & Cons
- No need for boil and bite fitting although it can be adjusted if needed.
- You can open and close your mouth naturally thanks to hinged design.
- Is designed to distribute pressure in a way that minimizes tooth soreness.
- Long life span compared to some other mouthpieces.
- Free worldwide shipping.
- It’s made from smooth, non-irritating material that’s BPA, silicone, phthalates and latex-free.
- It has a 90-day guarantee.
- The SnoreMender is easy to clean.
- The customer has to pay for return shipping if they decide the product isn’t for them. Also, before they can return the device, they have to endure troubleshooting with customer service staff.
- There’s a break-in/adjustment period. Drooling and soreness are typical the first few times you wear the SnoreMender.
- You can’t wear the SnoreMender if you wear full dentures. If you wear dental bridges or have dental implants, don’t use the SnoreMender unless you have a dentist’s approval.
- Some customers report that device has sharp edges and needs to be trimmed for comfort.
About the Company
SnoreMender was founded in 2007 in the U.K., by Jeremy Kenyon. The mouthpiece was designed by a team of orthodontists in Denmark and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. This mouthpiece came onto the U.S. market in 2011; however, it has not been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration yet.
Should You Buy a SnoreMender Mouthpiece?
SnoreMender has a few things going for it. The company offers free shipping worldwide, and they also seem to be a very customer-focused company with a hands-on approach. Their staff are experts in their product, and they have personally used the product for many years. That’s why they believe they can help you troubleshoot any problems you might be experiencing with your device. While SnoreMender hasn’t been cleared by the FDA yet, they do use materials that are free from unwanted things like BPA’s and latex, which is a common allergen. The ZQuiet is probably the most similar anti-snoring mouthpiece to the SnoreMender. The ZQuiet is FDA approved, but even so, I would choose the SnoreMender because of its design that avoids putting undue pressure on the lower front teeth. Fortunately, if you try the SnoreMender, and it’s not right for you, you have 90 days to return it for a full refund.