Not literally but close. My wife was unlucky enough to have her wisdom teeth play-up on our trip from the UK to South Lake Tahoe. She got the tooth sorted - thanks Dr. Genasci - but her jaw was really sore and painful. The icy blast of winter air on her jaw threatened to ruin our trip. Luckily we spotted one of these gaitors at Alpine Meadows. She loved it and has worn it almost everyday skiing since. It is super-comfortable and just warm enough. For us, this item is now indispensable.