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Use the range of motion scale to determine how wide you can comfortably open your jaw. Place the notch of the range of motion scale between your lower front teeth and then open as wide as you comfortably can, and record that opening number. Then select the nearest sized gentle jaw that corresponds to that number to begin your stretching exercises. The small size is 22-32 mm, medium is 33-43 mm, and large is 44-54 mm.
Hold the gentle jaw with the curved side of the device facing you. Open your mouth and place the bottom notch in the center of your lower front teeth. Place your upper teeth on the “steps” along the top. If you reach the top step of the gentle jaw you have selected, then move to the next larger-sized device.
While holding the gentle jaw firmly between your fingers at all times, rotate the device back until your upper teeth reach the highest step that provides a comfortable stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, then remove the gentle jaw, close your mouth slowly, and relax.
Some things to keep in mind
We recommend continued use of the gentle jaw even after you are pain-free, with a reduced regimen of 30 second stretches 4 times a day – in the morning, before lunch, before dinner, and before bed. The best way to keep your pain from reoccurring is daily stretching with the gentle jaw. "Two minutes a day can keep your pain away."
If you cannot comfortably open past the middle step of the medium gentle jaw after several days of use, we recommend you seek an evaluation from a healthcare professional.
Keep your teeth apart during the day. If you notice you are clenching your teeth during the day, use your gentle jaw for an extra 30-second session.
Cleaning your gentle jaw
Your gentle jaw devices may be cleaned with water and a brush. If small white spots appear on the device, this means you are not cleaning it well enough after each use.
You can purchase denture cleanser tablets to remove these white spots, which are due to the tartar that can also build up on your teeth. Drop one tablet into very warm water (not hot), enough to cover the gentle jaw. Place the gentle jaw into the effervescing solution, which will change color as it cleans. After five minutes or more, remove the gentle jaw, and brush and rinse the device thoroughly. Do not place gentle jaw in a dishwasher.
The gentle jaw is safe to use for people with natural teeth, and also if you have bonding, veneers and/or implants on your top and/or bottom front (as long as long as you don’t apply too much pressure on these teeth). Always hold the gentle jaw firmly using your thumb, and index or middle fingers, during use. Use at your own risk. Not for use by children under 12 year of age.
If you have any concerns, ask your dentist before using the gentle jaw.
Please watch the video below to view how to use the gentle jaw.