Once you attain a sure age, your dentist will invariably let you know it’s time to contemplate an evening guard. It have to be a part of the usual dental playbook, and one thing that can in all probability price you within the realm of $350 to $500. That’s a hefty payment for what’s mainly a slab of rubber that’s designed that will help you cease clenching your jaw or grinding your enamel whilst you sleep.
Dentists justify these costs as a result of they’re customized fitted and may be adjusted within the workplace, whereas DIY variations that you simply mildew in sizzling water may be broadly discovered for about $20. Avoid these, says Charlotte, North Carolina, dentist Erik Reitter. “You’re better off wearing nothing than wearing one that hasn’t been fitted properly. A badly fit night guard can change your bite.”
Remi is a part of a brand new group of startups—together with Cheeky, Chomper, and Pro Teeth Guard—that provide a center choice: You take impressions at dwelling, mail them in, and get your evening guard shipped to you, all with out ever having to go to a dentist. Naturally, many provide a subscription service so you may get a contemporary retainer on the common (each three to 6 months or so), full with discounted worth.
At $149 for a single guard package or $99 in case you be part of the biannual membership, Remi’s package is among the many most cost-effective of this group, although all of those providers function in roughly the identical approach. When the Remi package arrives within the mail, unboxing reveals two units of trays (one for big mouths, one for small) and a number of other balls of blue and white molding clay. Following the cautious directions within the package, you knead a blue and white ball collectively to activate it, roll the clay into tubes that match within the trays of your selection, and pop the trays in your mouth (prime and backside enamel) for a couple of minutes till they almost harden. Mail the completed trays again to Remi and your completed evening guards arrive in per week or so.
This a part of the method appears daunting, nevertheless it went easily in my testing regardless of quite a lot of drooling and the unavoidable worry that the trays would harden too rapidly and get caught in my mouth without end. It’s simple to see why Remi sends two units of trays: The second set goes extra easily than the primary. Reitter notes that he doesn’t use these sorts of molds anymore; now he takes a 3D photographic scan as a substitute.
After my trays arrived, what I seen instantly is that the evening guards have been smaller than I anticipated—actually extra compact than the standard, boxer-esque guard that I’ve been prescribed previously. They’re additionally fairly a bit more durable; not the firmly rubbery character that you simply get with a typical evening guard, however extra like a stiff acrylic. While evening guards are available in a wide range of codecs, these have been nearer in dimension and stiffness to Invisalign retainers than a standard system.
The match was, properly, so-so. The trays match higher in entrance than within the rear, and so they tended to pop off my again enamel with out provocation. And whereas I’m accustomed to sleeping with Invisalign retainers in, I discovered the Remi trays to be just a little daunting in my mouth, flaring oddly outward close to the gums—which contributed to the overall looseness. I discovered I couldn’t actually sleep with them in and in the end experimented extra with them in the course of the day.
There’s a purpose daytime use make sense, by the best way, as a result of Remi trays can be used for enamel whitening, and Remi will promote you the whitening gel if you order the trays for an additional $26. Unfortunately I additionally had hassle with the whitening gel tubes, which got here disconcertingly packaged in a Ziploc bag with the highest haphazardly trimmed off to make it look extra industrial. The gel was virtually totally liquid, and it had a horrible tendency to blast out of the syringe and make a multitude after I tried to use it to the trays. Because of this, I solely received a single tube to final three or 4 days, although the three-tube provide is meant for use over two weeks. I didn’t discover any important change in my enamel whiteness after ending the three tubes, however that’s about par for the course in my expertise with a majority of these merchandise.
The solely actual plus of the Remi package over knowledgeable dental evening guard, except for the value, is that you are able to do the entire thing at dwelling, and in an period of Covid, that’s a giant plus certainly. At the very least, I like to recommend the package for many who desire a non permanent evening guard however who aren’t able to enterprise right into a medical workplace but—with the understanding that it gained’t be excellent and that it’ll finally should be changed by one thing extra skilled.