Dr Kieran Daly Orthodontist treating patient in North Dublin

Congratulations on receiving your night cap! This is a positive move towards reaching your goal of achieving that perfect smile. Below, you’ll find a list of safety instructions for your new night cap

Always follow Dr Kieran Daly’s safety instructions.

If the night cap is used incorrectly or removed carelessly, the face bow may spring back
and cause serious injury.

What not to do

DON’T wear while running or playing sports.

DON’T allow other people to touch, pull on, play with or snap the face bow while it is in your mouth.

DON’T attempt to adjust, put on or remove the face bow with the head strap still connected.

DON’T wear the night cap when out with friends or playing with young children.

What to do

Wear your night cap at night while sleeping.

Detach the face bow from the head strap first before the night cap is placed in the mouth or removed from the mouth.

Always hold the retainer in place while inserting and removing the night cap.

Call the clinic if the night cap has gotten loose, is uncomfortable to wear or if you have
any questions or concerns.


Why am I wearing an Orthodontic Night Cap?

An orthodontic night cap, also known as a night guard or night retainer, serves three main purposes depending on the individual’s orthodontic needs.

Preventing Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): It can be designed to protect the teeth from damage caused by grinding or clenching during sleep, a condition known as bruxism. By providing a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth, it helps to reduce wear and tear on the tooth surfaces.

Maintaining Teeth Alignment: For those who have completed orthodontic treatment, a night cap may be used to maintain the alignment of the teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions. This is particularly common after wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances.

Supporting Jaw Alignment: In some cases, a night cap may also help to support proper jaw alignment, especially for individuals with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues or other jaw-related problems. It can help alleviate discomfort and promote a more comfortable sleep.

Overall, an orthodontic night cap aims to protect the teeth, maintain orthodontic corrections, and support overall oral health, especially during sleep when unconscious habits like teeth grinding can occur.

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