Once you reach a certain age, your dentist will invariably tell you it’s time to consider a night watchman. It needs to be part of the standard dental playbook, and something that will likely cost you between $ 350 and $ 500. That’s a hefty price tag for what is essentially a rubber plate designed to help you stop clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth while you sleep.
Dentists justify these prices because they’re custom-fit and can be adjusted in the office, while DIY versions that you cast in hot water can be widely found for around $ 20. Avoid the latter, says Charlotte, NC dentist Erik Reitter. “It’s better not to wear anything than to wear one that hasn’t been properly fitted. An ill-shaped night watchman can change your bite. “
Remi is part of a new group of startups, including Cheeky, Chomp, and Pro mouthguards—Which offer an intermediate option: you take impressions at home, you mail them and you have your night watchman dispatched, all without ever having to see a dentist. Naturally, many offer a subscription service so that you can get a new supply regularly (every three to six months or so), at a reduced price.
At $ 149 for a single babysitting kit or $ 99 if you join the biannual club, Remi’s kit is among the cheapest in this bunch, though all of these services work pretty much the same. When the Remi kit arrives in the mail, the unboxing reveals two sets of trays (one for large mouths, one for small) and several balls of blue and white plasticine. Following the kit’s careful instructions, you knead a blue and white ball together to activate it, roll the clay into tubes that fit in the trays of your choice, and insert the trays into your mouth (top and bottom teeth). low) for a few minutes until they almost harden. Send the finished trays to Remi and your finished night guards will arrive in about a week.
This part of the process sounds intimidating, but it went well in my testing despite a lot of drooling and the inevitable fear that the platters would harden too quickly and get stuck in my mouth forever. It’s easy to see why Remi sends two sets of boards: The second game goes more smoothly than the first. Reitter notes that he no longer uses these types of molds; now it takes a 3D photographic scan instead.
After my trays arrived what I immediately noticed was that the night guards were smaller than I expected – certainly more compact than the traditional boxer guard that was prescribed to me. in the past. They are also a bit more difficult; not the firmly rubbery character you get with a typical night guard, but rather a stiff acrylic. While night guards come in a variety of sizes, they were closer in size and stiffness to Invisalign retainers than a traditional device.
The fit was, well, average. The chainrings fit better in the front than in the back, and they tended to pop out of my rear teeth without provocation. And while I’m used to sleeping with Invisalign retainers, I found the Remi trays a little intimidating in my mouth, widening outward strangely near the gums – which contributed to the overall sagging. I found out that I couldn’t really sleep with them and eventually experimented more with them during the day.
There’s a reason daytime use makes sense, by the way, because the Remi trays can also be used for teeth whitening, and Remi will sell you the whitening gel when you order the trays for $ 26 off. more. Unfortunately, I also had issues with the bleach gel tubes, which were disconcertingly packaged in a Ziploc bag with the top haphazardly cut to make it look more industrial. The gel was almost entirely watery and had a terrible tendency to explode from the syringe and damage when I tried to apply it to the trays. Because of this, I only got one tube to last three or four days, although the three tube supply is supposed to be used for two weeks. I didn’t notice a significant change in the whiteness of my teeth after completing all three tubes, but it’s roughly comparable to how my experience has evolved with these types of products.
The only real advantage of the Remi Kit over a professional dental night watchman aside from the price is that you can do everything at home, and in the age of Covid that’s a big plus indeed. At the very least, I would recommend the kit to those who want a temporary night watchman but aren’t ready to venture into a doctor’s office yet, with the understanding that it won’t be perfect and eventually needs to be. replaced by something more professional.