Comfortable Mouthguards in Wexford, PA

What is a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard, also called a bite guard or nightguard, is a custom-created protective appliance that fits over your teeth. Mouthguards protect your teeth from injury and damage, such as sports injuries or harmful habits.

Types of Mouthguards

Custom mouthguards come in different varieties for a few purposes. The two main types are:

  • Bite Guards⎼ Bite guards are great for people who are involved in sports or physical activities that can cause damage to their smile. Football, baseball, and snowboarding are all examples of activities that can result in unfortunate accidents and leave your smile needing repair.

    While there are generic mouthguards that can be used for sports, custom mouthguards provide many more benefits. They’re often more comfortable because your bite guard will be made specifically for you, meaning it also offers a higher level of protection.

  • Night Guards⎼ Night guards are similar to bite guards, but they’re made to be worn at night. Your night mouthguard can protect your teeth while you sleep if you grind your teeth, a condition called bruxism.

    Bruxism can cause significant damage to your teeth and jaw, such as TMJ problems, so it’s important to try and minimize its effects. Dr. Gabriel can make a nightguard that’s comfortable enough to wear while you’re asleep that’ll keep your teeth and jaw from developing issues.

How a Bite Guard Can Help You

Mouthguards help protect your teeth, gums, jaw, and other parts of your mouth from being damaged. It’s easier to prevent damage in the first place than repair problems after the fact. If you engage in activities that could cause harm to your teeth, Dr. Gabriel highly recommends getting a mouthguard.

If we see signs of bruxism during your regular dental exams, we may recommend a night guard to prevent your teeth grinding from causing harm.

How We Make Your Bite Guard

To make your bite guard, Dr. Gabriel will take an impression of your mouth. This impression will be sent to the laboratory to make your custom mouthguard. This process may take a few weeks.

Once your mouthguard is ready for you, we’ll call you back to our office. At this appointment, Dr. Gabriel will make sure your mouthguard fits properly and is comfortable for you. He’ll also go over how to care for your mouthguard and when to wear it.

Frequently Asked Questions