The NTI night guard was invented by Dr. James Boyd and approved by the FDA in 2006. It is a small, custom-fitted plastic device that slides on to the top front teeth and reduces the intensity of nighttime jaw clenching. In clinical studies, 82 per cent of subjects experienced a 77 per cent reduction in migraine headache pain when they used the NTI night guard. Dentists charge a patient £325 to £520 for the custom fitting, so it's important to take good care of it.
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Things you need
- Soapy water
- Hydrogen peroxide
Remove and rinse the night guard. NTI night guards are designed to be worn at night, although if necessary you could wear it during the day to get used to having it in your mouth. When you remove the device, the consultants at NTI-TSS.com recommend using a soft toothbrush with soapy water, followed by a rinse with clear water.
Pour some hydrogen peroxide onto your appliance during the day if you are concerned about germs. Set it out of reach of children and pets. Rinse it with water before you put it back into your mouth at night. Remember that it is going into your mouth, so do not clean the NTI with anything toxic.
Do not damage the appliance. The makers of the NTI night guard do not recommend using toothpaste to clean it.
Tips and warnings
- You should never heat the NTI or boil it, since this could change the shape and negatively affect your jaw alignment.
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