Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Night Guards O my

After a recent dental appointment I found out that I have been grinding my front teeth. The dentist tells me that they are becoming thin and are starting to get very small chips in them. He recommended a night guard. But when I found out it was going to cost me a whopping $380 I about fell in the floor. I was thinking I just can’t afford this right now. I ended up online researching night guards and I found this dental lab where you can order a kit make the mold your self send it in and they send you the guard. The price is less than half of what my dentist was charging. After some more reasearch and looking around It began to sound better and better. Being the blogger that I am I decided to see if they wanted to participate in a review. I was able to get in touch with ProTeeth was kind enough to send me a kit to review and I am going to tell you how I went.

First off they offer 4 different nightguards. They offer a soft guard for light grinding or clenching, A hybrid which is a combo of soft and hard for moderate grinding, a hard guard for heavy grinding and finally a ultra thin guard for daytime grinding. Pricing for each one is different and ranges from $139.99 to  $189.99. Even there most expensive heaviest guard is way less than what my dentist sells his for. They offer a money back guarantee which is amazing you really have nothing to loose on this one. Ordering is easy if you have a question send them an email customer service is great they got back to me very quickly when I ask them crazy questions.

Shipping of the kit was quick they ordered the kit for me on Friday afternoon and it came Tuesday. You will need to choose if you want your guard to for the upper teeth or the lower teeth. The kit contains two upper trays and two lower trays, one in a regular size and one in a small, impression putty, instructions and a bubble envelope that you will use to send your impressions back to the lab. They offer a great how to video on how to do the impressions and the written instructions are clear and easy to follow.

First you need to decide which size of tray you need to use. You don't want it to be tight because you
need to have room for the putty inside the tray plus your teeth. I went with the medium standard size tray. You will have 60 seconds from the time you start mixing the putty to the time is starts to harden up so mix quickly. Really 60 seconds doesn't seem like a lot of time but I did not feel rushed and it the putty mixed easily. I kneaded the putty tell it was a uniform color I rolled it into a snake shape and laid it in the tray. Lick you lips put the tray into your mouth lining it up with your teeth. Now you need to push the tray straight up and into your teeth. DO NOT wiggle it around straight up make sure to use your fingers to press it straight up into your back teeth. Then you wait 4 minutes for it to set. This will be the longest 4 minutes ever. The girls sang to me and tried to get me to laugh which is not advisable. When your 4 minutes is up and the putty is set you can pop it out by pulling straight down. You will want to take a good look at your impression and make sure you have a clean impression. Take a look to see that the impression is centered and that you can clearly see all of your teeth in the impression. You will then repeat the process for the lower teeth. Once you have good impressions you will stick them in the bubble envelope and send them back to ProTeeth Guard. The lab makes your guard the same way that what ever lab your dentist uses makes your guard. You will receive your fancy new night guard in 4-11 days. If you have a problem with your guard they will do what ever they can to make it fit.

I followed all the steps and sent off my impressions. They sent me a nice little note in my email basically letting me know I did the top impression wrong and they wanted me to do it again. They sent me an additional upper impression kit at no cost. The lab techs sent a nice little note letting me know what I did wrong the first time and how to get a better impression. Back in the bathroom I went I repeated the process getting the impression more centered and allowing one extra minute for it to harden up. I stuck them back in the prepaid envelope and sent them out again. A couple days later I got a nice email from them telling me my impressions were good and my order status was now CREATING TEETH GUARD. I have no idea why but I was excited to see this update. The note also said it would take 7 to 11 days for my guard to be created and I would receive a chipping notice when it shipped.

My guard arrived in a bubble wrap envelope secured in a hard plastic box. As you can see the guard is crystal clear and is an exact match to my teeth. This is a lower guard day guard so its ultra thin. The fit is great it is very comfortable and after 4 weeks I have had zero issues with it rubbing. It does take a bit to get used to if you plan to talk with it in your mouth. For the most part its not all that visibly noticeable. Since this one is a day guard you should be able to talk with it in your mouth and it should be comfortable. I can talk ok with it. My speech is slightly different sounding. Like any dental appliance it takes some getting used to. You can not eat with the day guard so you will need to remove it. I can drink with it after some practice. How ever I don't recommend drinking dark colored drinks because it could stain the guard over time.
Over all I am very pleased with my Pro Guard. If your dentist is recommending you to get a day or night guard you might take a good look at Pro Teeth Guard.

Disclaimer: I received this product free in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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