Dental Night Guards are a preventative measure for bruxism that refers to the condition that occurs when a person grinds their teeth while sleeping. These custom-made devices fit snugly over your top or bottom teeth, creating a barrier that prevents wear and tear. 

Our specialized team takes precise oral measurements to ensure a comfortable fit. Using a night guard reduces tooth damage and alleviates symptoms like morning headaches and jaw discomfort. 

We believe in personalized, comprehensive care for your smile at River District Smiles Dentistry. Proper post-operative care and aftercare are essential for maintaining the effectiveness and longevity of your dental night guard.

Post-Op Instructions

Wear Time and Adjustment Period

Understand that wearing a dental night guard might feel a bit unfamiliar initially. It’s perfectly normal. Start by wearing it for short intervals during the first few nights to allow your mouth to adjust. Gradually increase the wear time as you get more comfortable. Consistency is key.

Oral Hygiene

Before wearing your dental night guard for the first time, ensure your teeth and the night guard are clean. After you have finished brushing and flossing your teeth, flush your mouth properly with the night guard with cold water before inserting it.

Adjustment Period

Understand that it may take a few nights to become accustomed to wearing a dental night guard. Some patients initially experience increased salivation or minor discomfort, which subsides over time.

Storage Habits

When not in use, store your night guard in its protective case. This prevents exposure to dust, bacteria, and potential damage. Keep the case in a cool, dry place, and away from direct sunlight, to maintain the integrity of the material.

Be Mindful of Clenching and Grinding

Your night guard offers a vital layer of protection, however, it’s important to be aware of habits like clenching and grinding. These habits can be influenced by stress and certain aspects of your lifestyle. You may want to try incorporating relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation, to help alleviate grinding associated with stress. Remember, taking care of your oral health is essential for overall well-being.

Aftercare 

Night Guard Cleaning

After each use, clean your dental night guard thoroughly using a gentle toothbrush and a gentle soap or toothpaste that does not have any harsh ingredients. It should be washed with ice water. It is best to steer clear of utilizing hot water because it alters the shape of the night guard.

Storage

Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from pets to avoid damage. Store your dental night guard in its provided case, away from heat, direct sunlight, and pets when not in use. Rinse it thoroughly before and after each use. 

Occasionally, clean it with a soft toothbrush and mild soap, not toothpaste, as it can be abrasive. Change the case every six months to avoid bacterial growth. Always keep it in the same place to prevent misplacing it.

Oral Hygiene Routine

Continue with your regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing your teeth. Clean your dental night guard each morning before storing it.

Dentist Check-ups

Schedule and attend regular dental check-up appointments with your dentist at River District Smiles Dentistry. These visits are essential for monitoring the condition of your night guard, assessing your oral health, and addressing any concerns promptly.

Common Questions and Concerns

Now, let’s address some common questions and concerns you might have about your dental night guard.

1. Why Does My Night Guard Feel Uncomfortable?

It’s not uncommon to experience mild discomfort initially. Your mouth is adjusting to the presence of the night guard. However, persistent discomfort or soreness may indicate a need for adjustments. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at River District Smiles Dentistry for a quick assessment and potential refinements.

2. Can I Adjust My Night Guard Myself?

We strongly advise against attempting to adjust your night guard at home. DIY adjustments may compromise its effectiveness and comfort. If you encounter any issues, please contact our office, and we’ll schedule a prompt appointment to address your concerns professionally.

3. How Do I Handle Discomfort or Soreness?

Over-the-counter pain relievers and a temporary reduction in wear time can help alleviate any discomfort. However, if the issue persists, contact our team for guidance. It’s crucial to ensure that your night guard is providing optimal protection without causing undue discomfort.

4. What if I Lose or Damage My Night Guard?

Accidents happen. If your night guard is lost or damaged, please reach out to us immediately. We’ll schedule a replacement to maintain the continuity of your protection.

At River District Smiles Dentistry, your smile is our priority. We’re here to guide you through every step of your dental night guard journey. 

Remember, post-operative care is a collaborative effort between you and our team. By following these instructions and reaching out whenever needed, you’re ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of your night guard, contributing to your overall oral health, and, most importantly, preserving that beautiful smile.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to share your experience, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or drop by our office. We’re here for you, and we look forward to being a part of your ongoing oral health journey at River District Smiles Dentistry!