FITTING YOUR DENTAL GUARD
What You Will Need to Begin:
- Metal fork
- Microwave or stove
- Microwaveable bowl or stove pot
STEP 1: Load Guard and Practice Fitting
- Load the dental guard into the fitting tray. The guard is positioned correctly when the top of the dental guard is concave (indicated by red line). If it is not in the right position, correct the placement of the dental guard before going any further in the fitting process.
- Practice positioning the tray. While looking in a mirror, place the loaded fitting tray in your mouth and center the alignment tab in the middle of your two front teeth. Your teeth should be aligned in the center of the moldable material.
STEP 2: Heating Your Guard
Choose a Heating Method
Method 1: Microwave Guard in Water
- Fill a microwave safe bowl with 1 cup (8oz) of cool water. Place the loaded fitting tray face down in the water and heat on high for 2 minutes (For low wattage microwaves, heat for 2 minutes, 20 seconds).
- Remove the bowl of water from the microwave. Bowl may be hot. Use caution when removing.
Method 2: Heat Water Separately
- Using a microwave or stove, bring a bowl or pot of water to a rolling boil. (Bubbles should rise up from the bottom of the pot and burst open at the surface). Water should be at least 1.5 inches deep. Microwave times will vary anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes.
- Remove the boiling water from heat source and let it rest for 10 seconds. Use caution when removing from heat.
- Place the tray with the guard face down in the hot water for 45 seconds.
STEP 3: Custom Fit Your Guard
- Remove tray with a fork, using the openings in the tray handle. Quickly rinse under cool tap water (no more than a few seconds).
- Immediately place the fitting tray in your mouth. Do not bite down yet. While looking in your mirror, position the alignment tab of the tray in the center of your two front teeth. Your teeth should be aligned in the center of the moldable material. The sides of the tray should be positioned below your back molars.
- Firmly bite down, covering your front teeth with the moldable material of the dental guard. Relax your bite and wait 2 minutes while the material hardens.
- Gently remove the dental guard and fitting tray from your mouth and rinse under cool water for at least 20 seconds.
- Remove the dental guard from the fitting tray. Start by gently pulling the ends from each side of the fitting tray, then working around to the front. It is normal for the dental guard to slightly stick in the fitting tray.
Your dental guard is now ready for use. If your dental guard does not fit correctly, repeat steps 2 and 3 to refit.
Cleaning and Care
- After each use, brush your dental guard with toothpaste and/or mouthwash.
- Thoroughly rinse with cool running tap water.
- Never use hot water as it could alter the shape of your dental guard.
- Replace your Maximum Protection Dental Guard.
- Check your dental guard monthly for wear.
- The life of your dental guard depends on how often you grind and the force of your teeth grinding.
- Your dental guard can last up to six months.