- Clean your appliance with cold tap water and a SOFT toothbrush. Do not brush your splint with abrasive substances like toothpaste. You will also need to use a denture cleaner like Efferdent to clean the tarter buildup off your splint. This could be daily or weekly depending on how fast the tarter takes to accumulate.
- Store your splint in a Tupperware-type container. The idea is to not let the splint dry out between uses. The acrylic’s fit and durability could be altered by repeated wet (use) / drying (not in use) cycles. We recommend wetting a tissue with water, wrapping the splint in the tissue, and sealing it up in your water tight Tupperware-type container.
- Do not use cleaners like hydrogen peroxide or bleach on your splint. These kinds of chemicals are too harsh and will degrade the plastic used to make your splint, making it not last as long.
- Be careful while cleaning your splint. If you drop your splint in the sink, or on the counter or floor, it could break. Your splint is strong in compression (biting) but vulnerable to acute impact forces like being dropped onto a hard surface. If it does break, a new one is usually required to maintain the full intended function of the splint. Patched acrylic almost always proves to be a short term remedy for splints subjected to the advanced biting forces of clenching or grinding (bruxism).
If you follow the above instructions, your splint should give you years of service. If you have any questions, please call us at 919-968-0220. You can also visit our web site at keyserdds.com, which is a significant source of dental information.