Have you finally decided to invest in a custom night guard but aren’t sure how to go about choosing and using one? Don’t worry; we’ve got you!
We’ve put together this learning guide for first-time users to ensure you have the best experience while incorporating night guards into your life. Let us walk you through it all!
How To Choose The Perfect Night Guard
When it comes to choosing a dental guard, the choices are endless. However, choosing the right dental guard is essential for an effective and positive experience.
Here are some factors to consider:
- Do you experience daytime bruxism or just sleep bruxism?
- Think about your usage. Do you also plan to use your mouthguard during the day or just at night?
- Consider the fit and the comfort level—custom-made dental guards are the ideal choice.
- Is the night guard easy to clean and maintain? If it’s low-quality material, you’d have to replace it too soon.
- Consider the price. However, keep in mind that an OTC nightguard bought at a department store may be cheaper, but it won’t be as comfortable or effective.
Answering these questions will help you choose the perfect dental guard for yourself. To streamline the decision-making process further, take our Quiz!
How To Use A Night Guard
Getting used to a night guard can take a while, especially when you’re trying to sleep with it. However, we have a few tips to make sure you use it correctly and comfortably.
- Wear your mouthguard at least 30 minutes before you sleep; give your mouth time to adjust to it before you can fall asleep.
- Consider wearing it throughout the day for shorter periods to get used to how it feels.
- Make sure the mouthguard fits properly. If you choose a custom dental guard, this wouldn’t be a problem.
- Place the dental guard properly in your mouth.
- Make sure the night guard is clean; if it’s unclean, it will feel uncomfortable.
- If you typically fall asleep fast, consider wearing the night guard just before bed to avoid any discomfort.
How To Clean And Maintain Your Night Guard
One of the most important parts of owning and using a night guard is cleaning and maintaining it. Since you have to place it in your mouth every day, it’s incredibly important to ensure it doesn’t become a hub for germs and bacteria.
Here’s how you can keep your mouth guard clean and germ-free.
- Always rinse your night guard with warm water once you take it out of your mouth.
- Lightly brush the night guard with a toothbrush. Do not use any toothpaste.
- Let your night guard dry completely before you store it.
- Always store the night guard in a closed case.
- Deep clean the night guard once a month using non-abrasive denture cleansers.
- Remember to rinse and clean the case as well.
- To make a night guard last, choosing the right one is important. A soft daytime guard will not last very long if you're a heavy teeth grinder.
When And How To Replace A Night Guard
Many night guards are designed to last about 5 years; however, depending on the usage and teeth-grinding intensity, a night guard may wear faster within a year. Check for these signs to know for sure if it’s time to replace your night guard:
- It doesn’t fit as snugly as it used to.
- There are visible tears and cracks in the night guard.
- The night guard is turning a different color.
- You have mouth sores more often than ever.
- Your headaches and other bruxism symptoms are back.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s best to order a new night guard!