Treatment & Care
Other than certain technical considerations for each individual patient, it makes no difference whether the splint is worn on the upper or lower teeth. It is Doctor’s personal preference to use lower splints because many of his patients wear the splint all day and night. Lower splints tend to be more comfortable and allow better speech.
Full coverage splints cover all the upper or lower teeth. Because all the teeth are covered, the teeth under the splint are “retained” and cannot shift. In this case, bite changes are minimized because all the upper teeth are touching the splint. The patient can wear these splints safely for a long time.
Patients should clean daily with toothpaste to prevent the buildup of plaque and odor. Avoid Efferdent and other effervescent solutions, as it may erode components on the appliance. It is recommended to use products like Dent Soak or Retainer Splash.