Night Guard/NTI

You have received an acrylic nightguard/NTI. This treatment has been used for many years to keep the teeth from contacting while you sleep and to allow the lower jaw to return to a comfortable hinge position without interference and guidance from the teeth. It is essential that you wear your night guard every night. You may also wear it during the day if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth. This appliance will help to relax any of your jaw muscles which are in spasm, and to reduce any muscle pain, as well as protect your teeth.

Things to expect after treatment:

  • Your teeth may become tender from being confined to the night guard. The tenderness lasts 1-3 days and will not reoccur.
  • You may notice an increase in saliva due to the extra material in your mouth. It does get better!
  • WEAR IT EVERY NIGHT. To be effective, the night guard/NTI must be worn every night. If it is left out for extended periods, the teeth may move slightly and then the night guard may not fit. Sometimes it has to be remade if the teeth have moved too much.

How to care for your NightGuard/NTI:

  • Brush and floss your teeth before wearing the guard.
  • Clean the guard under running cold water every morning.
  • Keep the guard in the provided case when not in use.
  • Use Efferdent/Polident denture cleaner to soak your guard.
  • Do not use toothpaste or toothbrush to clean your guard.
  • Keep the guard away from hot water/surfaces—Do not boil.
  • Keep away from pets —-They love to chew on the guard material.

Bring your night guard to your maintenance appointments and we will put it through the ultrasonic cleaner.