It’s important to properly use and care for your night guard to increase its longevity and protect your teeth. Your night guard should be worn and cleaned daily.
After each wear, rinse your night guard with warm water and lightly brush it with a toothbrush. You can use your normal toothbrush or elect to use a separate toothbrush for your night guard. Do NOT apply toothpaste to clean your night guard as it is abrasive and can scratch or otherwise damage your night guard.
Allow for your night guard to dry completely before storing it in its case. Keep the night guard stored in its case when not in use. Beware that dogs and other pets like to chew on night guards, so keep them out of their reach.
Your night guard should be deep-cleaned at least once a week. There are several ways to accomplish this. The first is by using an over-the-counter denture cleaner. Place your night guard in a glass with water and allow the cleaner to dissolve completely into the water.
Alternatively, you can deep clean your night guard by using a mixture of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Soak the night guard in distilled white vinegar for at least 30 minutes. After soaking, rinse the night guard and the bowl with water. Then soak the night guard in hydrogen peroxide for at least 30 more minutes. Once finished, rinse with water and allow the night guard to dry completely.
The final way you can deep clean your night guard is to use a mixture of mouthwash and water. Pour a capful of mouthwash into a glass and then dilute with water until the night guard is submerged in the solution. Let your night guard soak for about 30 minutes and then rinse the night guard and allow it to dry completely on a clean flat surface.
Don’t ever leave your night guard soaking in anything for longer than one hour. Extended time in the liquid can damage the material your night guard is made out of.
Keep the case clean by hand washing it every few days with regular dishwashing detergent. Do not place the case in the dishwasher. After washing, allow the case to dry as to prevent bacteria growth. Plastic night guard cases do wear out over time, so we recommend replacing your case every 6-12 months or as needed.
Bring your night guard to your appointments so that it can be professionally cleaned and adjusted as needed. It also gives us an opportunity to inspect your night guard for signs of wear and to help ensure that it is continuing to fit properly.