To begin, you’ll come into our office to get fitted for your night guard. Dr. Tuttle or Dr. Colt will take digital impressions of your teeth using a special hand-held scanner. Then, they will send this information to a dental lab, where your night guard will be made.
Our partner lab will design a night guard that’s perfectly fitted to your teeth, based on the scans taken by Dr. Tuttle or Dr. Colt.
Usually, night guards only cover the upper teeth. They are made with a strong plastic exterior, and a soft, cushioned interior. The strong plastic prevents tooth damage from grinding, while the softer interior keeps your teeth comfortable at night.
Then, you’ll come back to our office in a few weeks to pick up your night guard, and you’ll begin wearing your night guard whenever you sleep. This protects your teeth and keeps your smile healthy.
When you wake up in the morning, you should immediately remove your night guard and brush it, then lay it on a clean surface to dry, and put it back into its case once it dries. You should also brush your teeth at this time.
Beyond this, all you have to do is deep clean your night guard once a week. The simplest way to do this is to buy over-the-counter denture cleaning tablets. Put your night guard in some water, drop in a denture tablet, and let it work according to the packaging instructions.