Dental Impression Kit Instructions

This procedure is extremely important! We cannot accept low quality impressions. The foundation of a high quality mouthguard is a high quality impression. Take your time and follow these instructions and our how-to video precisely. We can not accept low quality impressions.

Watch the How-To video and read these instructions thoroughly before taking your impression. Your impression must be approved by us before shipping it back. Replacement putty can be purchased on our website if your impression does not get approved. After taking your impression, take 2 clear photos with FLASH ON (top view & rear view) as shown in photos 3 & 4, and email them to orders@mouthpieceguy.com or text them to 951-634-6708. Be patient, you will receive a response within 1 business day. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIT BACK TO US WITHOUT GETTING OUR APPROVAL FIRST.

STEP BY STEP GUIDE

1) Find the Correct Size Tray.

Use the largest tray that fits comfortably in your mouth. You should be able to loosely wiggle the tray from side to side. The sides of the tray should not be rubbing against the sides of your back teeth or gums. If none of these trays fit, give us a call. Next, match your tray size with the correct amount of putty that is required: M (#3) = 2 putty packs, L (#1) = 2.5 putty packs, XL (#X1) = 3 putty packs. Put the putty packs in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

ALWAYS MIX EQUAL PARTS PURPLE AND WHITE; 1 PUTTY PACK = 1 PURPLE AND 1 WHITE COMBINED.


2) Get a timer ready.

Get a timer ready to start counting up from zero to 5 minutes and 30 seconds. This is the total time required from when you start mixing the putty to when you can remove it from your mouth. Take the putty packs out of the fridge and get in front of a mirror. The bathroom is usually the best place for this because it gives you a sink in case you start to drool or gag. NOTE: You're best off doing this without any help. Our experience has shown that when somebody tries to help, it usually causes confusion and distraction, which results in a bad impression. However, for kids 16 and under, we do suggest that a parent supervises this process. Taking this kit to a local dentist is NOT a good idea.

MAKE SURE YOU DON'T HAVE ANY DISTRACTIONS DURING THE IMPRESSION PROCESS.


3) Open the putty packs and begin mixing.

Open the putty packs and begin mixing all the putty together while starting your timer at the exact same time. Mix VERY QUICKLY, making sure that you work the putty together thoroughly, folding and squishing it into itself, as shown in PHOTO 1. You need to mix the putty until it's a solid, uniform color without any color swirls, as shown in PHOTO 1. This should take no longer than 40 seconds. If you mix for too long, the putty will begin to harden. If the putty hardens before you get the impression in the mouth and into position, the impression will be no good, so mix quickly. On the other hand, if the putty isn't mixed completely and still has color swirls when you place it in the mouth, the impression will be no good.

THE PUTTY MUST BE COMPLETELY MIXED TO A SOLID, UNIFORM COLOR.


4) Once mixing is complete, roll the putty into a sausage shape.

Once mixing is complete, roll the putty into a sausage shape, as shown in PHOTOS 1 & 2. Next, place it into the tray in an arch form, as shown in PHOTO 2. Don't let any excess putty hang off the back of the tray. Use your thumbs to build up the putty in the front teeth area, as shown in PHOTO 2. This is where your teeth and gums are the tallest, so we need a little more putty in this area.

YOUR TIMER SHOULD NOT BE PASSED THE 1 :30 MARK.


5) make a small notch in the front area of the putty.

Using your fingernail, make a small notch in the front area of the putty about 1/4" away from the front wall of the tray, as shown in PHOTO 2. This will tell you where to put your two front teeth while finding the correct tray position in your mouth. Using the mirror, place the tray in your mouth while keeping your lips and cheeks relaxed. Try not to stretch your mouth or lips open real wide; keep your lips and cheeks relaxed. Use the mirror to make sure the tray is centered in your mouth from right to left, and to line up your two front teeth with the notch you created with your fingernail. Correct tray position is everything!

IF THE TRAY IS NOT IN THE CORRECT, CENTERED POSITION, THE CHANCES OF TAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION ARE VERY SLIM.


6) push the tray up towards the roof of your mouth.

Once you have the tray lined up, use both your thumbs to push the tray up towards the roof of your mouth; PUSH HARD. Allow your upper lip to rest over the front wall of the tray. Your goal is to push the tray so far up, that the chewing surface of your top teeth touch the floor of the tray. This is how you achieve a tall, deep impression, as shown in PHOTOS 3 & 4. Once you have the tray in its final position, relax and breath slowly through your nose. If any putty starts going down the back of your throat causing a bad gag reflex, you can use your tongue to shovel the excess putty from your throat towards the front of your mouth. Continue holding the tray with your thumbs, keeping it in position until the timer reaches 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, you can let go, but leave the tray in your mouth.

DO NOT REMOVE THE TRAY UNTIL YOUR TIMER HAS REACHED 5 MINUTES 30 SECONDS.


7) At the 5:30 mark, remove the impression.

At the 5:30 mark, remove the impression by using an index finger to break the tight seal at either back corner of the impression. DO NOT REMOVE THE PUTTY FROM THE TRAY!Rinse the impression with hot water and take 2 clear photos with FLASH ON (top view & rear view) as shown in PHOTOS 3 & 4. Send photos for approval as described above step one. Once the impression has been approved, place it in the enclosed baggie and pack it up with all the items on the checklist. If your kit came with a return shipping label, place the label on the package and take it to your local post office.

WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN IMPRESSION KITS ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO THE CUSTOMER.


PRO TIP: When taking the impression, correct tray position is a must! Be sure to apply even pressure with both thumbs in a smooth, steady motion so that the tray elevates evenly. Allow your upper lip to rest over the front wall of the tray.


Impression Tray Sizing Guide

#3 (M) #1 (L) #X1 (XL)

Shorter Females & Kids under 13

Adults & Most Teens

Adults with a large smile, jaw, or head


Questions? Head over to our FAQ's or Contact Usbefore taking your impression or shipping anything back to us.

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