Post- Op Instructions for a Nightguard
Getting Used to the Occlusal Guard: If you are concerned about getting used to your occlusal guard, especially if this is your first appliance, then consider the first week as an adjustment period.
1. The night guard should be worn to bed each night.
2. The night guard should be stored in a plastic container with water when you are not wearing it.
3. Occlusal guards will discolor over time. This is not a problem. The night guard should be brushed each day with warm water, not toothpaste, after you wear it. Once a week, you can soak the guard in pure hydrogen perioxide for 30 min to remove stains.
4. If you have any restorative dental work done in the future, please bring your night guard with you to the appointment. It may need adjusting after the restorative work.
5. Call the office if:
You have any tightness in the jaw that feels abnormal
You are having problems with your TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)
The night guard feels too tight or bulky