Night Guard Instructions
A night guard can help to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of bruxism (grinding or clenching). It may also protect your jaw joints (TMJ) from the forces of bruxism and may reduce symptoms of jaw muscle tension. A benefit of wearing your night guard regularly is that it also acts as a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting; conversely, not wearing a night guard regularly may result in shifting of teeth and lead to the night guard eventually not fitting properly.
If this is your first time wearing a night guard, you may notice excessive saliva flow, but this should eventually go away. You may also have trouble falling asleep as it is something new in your mouth. It may help to put on your night guard at least 30 mins to an hour before your bedtime. If your night guard feels too tight or if your bite feels different in the morning, please let us know so that we can adjust your night guard.
- Brush and floss before putting in the night guard.
- Remove your night guard in the morning by pushing down from the back area of the night guard, not the front.
- Every time you remove your night guard, rinse immediately after removal with cold water, not warm or hot.
- Weekly, especially if you see a white layer forming on the inside area, you can brush very gently with a toothbrush that you only use to clean your night guard. Monthly, you can soak your night guard in a denture cleaning solution or alternatively, soak it in white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide for about 5-10 minutes before brushing.
- Always store your night guard in its case. When your night guard is not in your mouth, keep it in its case to prevent misplacing it or accidentally throwing it away, which happens very frequently to many patients.
- Keep your night guard away from your pets as they (especially dogs) may chew on it.
- Bring your night guard to your dental appointments either for us to clean it for you professionally or for us to make sure it fits well, especially after getting dental work done.