If you are like many others, you hear the term “boil-and-bite” and instantly panic. You may wonder if the process is painful, or you might be concerned that you will mess it up and your snoring mouthpiece will be ruined.
Rest-assured, the fitting process is easier than you think, and it is not painful at all. Plus, even if you don’t get the fit right the first time, you can just start over again. You can reheat this device three times without compromising the material.
The first thing you need to do when your mouthpiece arrives is give it a quick cleaning and make sure you ordered the right size. If it doesn’t feel too small or too big proceed with the next step. Otherwise, you will need to exchange it. Learn more about whether VitalSleep is the right mouthpiece for you in my full VitalSleep review.
Put a pot of water on the stove to bring to a boil. In the meantime make sure the upper and lower trays are in a neutral position. So, they should be stacked perfectly one on top of the other. There is an indicator mark on the device you can use to guide you. Your mouthpiece will come with a handle that fits through the opening at the back of the mouth. Make sure it snaps into place. If your handle isn’t clicking in place it is probably upside-down.
When the water comes to a boil submerge your VitalSleep for exactly 10 seconds by holding onto the handle. It is important that you do not keep it submerged longer than this. Most mouthpieces get submerged for much longer.
Locate the stamped triangle on the inside of the device, so you know which side faces up. The triangle is on the upper tray. Place in your mouth, and bite down for about 15 seconds. Remove, and hold it under cool water for 30 seconds. This will speed up the hardening process. Remove the handle, and make sure you have a good fit. If it doesn’t feel quite right boil water and start the process again.
If the fit is good use the hex tool provided to adjust the lower jaw positioning. Don’t overdo it on the first night. You are better to start with a lower setting because you may not need your jaw advanced the entire way to be effective.