Dr. Ed Shehee and Dr. Chad Callahan may recommend an Occlusal Guidance Appliance to help ensure that teeth erupt in the proper place and that your teeth are held in the correct positions. When we provide you with an occlusal guide, our orthodontists will also provide you with instructions on the best way to wear and care for your appliance.
You should wear your occlusal guide at night, and should “exercise” with it at least once a day. Exercising with your occlusal guide involves squeezing your teeth together, which helps to properly align your teeth. When wearing your appliance at night, be sure to keep it in for the entire night. If you are unable to do so, then substitute those hours during the day. Your occlusal guide can also substitute as a mouth guard if you play a sport.
When worn properly, your appliance will likely experience a milky white color change. You can keep your occlusal guide clean by brushing it with your toothbrush and toothpaste.
Your teeth and jaws may be sore when you first begin wearing your occlusal guide. This will fade as you consistently wear your appliance.
When not wearing your appliance, keep it in its case to avoid losing it or accidentally throwing it away. If you do lose your occlusal guide, call Shehee and Callahan Family Orthodontics as soon as possible so that you can replace it.
If you have any questions about your Occlusal Guidance Appliance in Pensacola, Milton, Pace, and Navarre, Florida, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced orthodontists, please contact us today at 850-478-8844.