The occlusal nightguard appliance is designed to prevent grinding and wear of your teeth. This device is also used to relax your jaw muscles and decrease muscle activity, which may result in pain and tension headaches. The appliance is to be worn every night while you sleep or anytime when you feel like you are grinding or clenching your teeth together.
Placement: Firmly place the appliance onto your upper teeth using both of your thumbs. The appliance should snap into place and feel tight up against your teeth.
Removal: Place the nail of your index finger on the outside rim of the appliance and pull down. Use your thumbs to stabilize and prevent the appliance from hitting your lower teeth.
Cleaning: Every morning, after removal, brush the appliance with toothpaste. Once a week, place the appliance in a cup of water with a tablet of Efferdent.
Storage: After cleaning the appliance, wet a tissue or paper towel with Listerine or water, and wrap it around the appliance. The wrapped appliance can be stored in a Ziploc bag or in the retainer box supplied to you. Try to keep the appliance moist at all times or it may distort. If it distorts, just place it under hot water for a few seconds and place back into your mouth.
If the appliance does not fit or fits excessively tight, please call our office for an adjustment.