Night Guard Care Instructions
Congratulations on taking an important preventative step to protect your teeth, dental work, jaw muscles, and jaw joint. Your full arch occlusal guard is designed for nighttime use. This protects your teeth, lessens the load placed on your jaw muscles and joint (TMJ), and minimizes potential damage from nighttime clenching or grinding.
- Do not bite your night guard into place; instead place it in your mouth using firm finger pressure. Remove it by gently loosening it away from your teeth with your fingers. Try to apply equal pressure to both right and left sides when removing.
- Clean your night guard with a soft bristled toothbrush, mild soap, and warm water when you remove it in the morning. For additional cleaning, soak it weekly in a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water for 15 minutes or use the effervescent tablets purchased from our office as directed. This softens build up on the guard and allows you to more easily brush it away. NEVER brush your night guard with toothpaste; it is too abrasive. When not in use, store it in the container provided.
- Do not soak your night guard in mouthwash, denture cleanser, hot water, or place in direct sunlight.
- Your night guard should be worn all night. Wear it as often as possible; preferably every night in order to keep your teeth aligned and your jaw joint and muscles in a stable position. Failure to wear your night guard may result in continued wear and/or fracture of teeth or existing dental work.
- Do not wrap it in a paper towel or napkin after removing it from your mouth. This has resulted in many removable appliances being inadvertently thrown in the garbage.
- Make sure to keep your night guard away from pets! Many have become chew toys when accidentally left sitting out. Store it in its case when not in use.
- Failure to regularly wear your night guard may result in movement of your teeth to a degree that your night guard will no longer fit properly.
- While your night guard is designed to function for an extended amount of time, it is not permanent. It will eventually wear thin, chip, or break and require replacement.
- Bring your night guard with you to all future dental appointments so that it may be inspected and cleaned. This will remove the plaque, stain, and tarter that accumulates over time.
Please inform us if you experience any pain or discomfort after wearing your night guard.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.