Mouthguards in Forty Fort, PA

Mouthguards are devices used to protect your teeth during sports activities or if you have night grinding. They usually only cover the upper teeth and are made of soft plastic material.

Studies have shown a significant reduction in damage to teeth with the use of Mouthguards. So, if you play any contact sports or have night grinding, the dentist near you will suggest getting a Mouthguards to protect your teeth.

Types of Mouthguards

  1. Stock Mouthguards: They are pre-fabricated and available over-the-counter. Although they are inexpensive, one size may not fit everyone. They are uncomfortable to wear and can obstruct breathing and speech.
  2. Boil and bite Mouthguards: These are also available over-the-counter. However, they are softened using hot water and then placed into the mouth to take the shape of your teeth. They provide a slightly better fit than the stock Mouthguards.
  3. Custom-made mouthguards: Custom-made mouthguards are specifically designed for you by the dentist. At NEPA Dental West, we provide custom-made mouthguards near you.

Our dentist in Forty Fort, PA, will first make an impression of your teeth and gums. This impression is then sent to the laboratory, where a custom-made mouthguard is fabricated. Custom-made mouthguards are slightly more expensive than the other options. However, they provide the best fit and comfort.

Taking Care of Your Mouthguards

  • Rinse your mouthguard with warm water after each use. Make sure it is completely dry before storing it to prevent the growth of bacteria.
  • Clean it with a soft toothbrush every night.
  • Store your mouthguard in a hard case away from direct sunlight. Storing in direct sunlight or humid conditions can cause the mouthguard to warp, and it will no longer fit properly.
  • Replace your mouthguard regularly. Mouthguards will wear out over time with use. If they start to feel uncomfortable, it is time to replace them.

Mouthguards can protect your teeth against chips and fractures during sports activity or if you have night grinding. They can also provide some relief if you have temporomandibular joint pain.

If you would like more information about mouthguards, contact Dr. Robert Kester at NEPA Dental West today!

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