A custom night guard is worn daily and like any personal care item, it requires regular cleaning to prevent damage to the appliance and growth of bacteria. Proper care and maintenance of your custom night guard will keep it in good shape for a long time, saving you time and money.
In the morning, following each use, clean your night guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. When not in use, store your night guard in cold tap water. This will help fight against bacterial growth.
Avoid using any cleaner that contains alcohol as an ingredient as it can drastically shorten the lifespan of the appliance. For a deeper cleaning (one time per week) you can clean your guard with a denture cleaning tablet.
When traveling be sure to dry the night guard completely before placing it in its container. It's just as important to care for your night guard's storage case as it is your night guard. Placing a clean night guard into a case that hasn't been cleaned in quite some time will contaminate the night guard and could lead to illness or an oral infection. Wash your case out well with soap and hot water before use. Rinse it and allow it to dry before you place your night guard into it.
Check your night guard weekly for any damage. Night guards are made to be durable, but over time, the grinding and or clenching will take its toll. The good news is that the damage is being done to the night guard, which can be replaced, instead of your teeth.
Take your custom night guard with you to your regular dental checkups so your dentist can also give it a more thorough examination and make sure that it is working well. Your dentist can also give you additional advice on caring for your night guard.
If you find any damage on your night guard, it's time to purchase a new one. Don't use a damaged night guard. Depending on the extent of the damage, it's possible for small pieces to dislodge, which could cause injury.
We'd love to make you another custom guard. Re-Order within 1 year and use the coupon code PTGREORDER to receive $25 off your 2nd order.