Mouth Guards in Atlanta
Each year, thousands of individuals suffer dental injuries as a result of playing sports. Not only can sports-related dental injuries result in serious damage, they can also lead to costly and time-consuming dental treatments. One of the easiest and most convenient ways to protect the teeth, gums and jaw when playing sports is with a mouth guard. Mouth guards are teeth and gum protectors that reduce the chance of potential damage during contact sports. Mouth guards are available at any sporting goods store; however, they do not provide the best protection and can wear down relatively quickly.
The American Dental Association recommends everyone wear a custom-fitted mouth guard when playing contact sports. At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, Drs. Dina Giesler and Marianna Kovitch are invested in the wellbeing of each patient. Whether you are a star athlete or a casual one, a custom-made mouth guard can help protect your teeth and gums from potentially serious dental injuries.
Types of Mouth Guards
- Stock mouth guards are pre-formed and ready. They are inexpensive and are available at any sporting goods store.
- Boil and bite mouth guards are softened in boiled water and then inserted into the mouth to adapt to the shape of your mouth. They can be purchased at any sporting goods store.
- Custom-made mouth guards are created by a dentist. They are crafted using dental impressions of each individual patient to fit the specifications of their mouth.
The Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards
At our state-of-the-art dental practice, we provide custom-fitted mouth guards for individuals playing sports at any age. Individuals with braces can especially benefit from mouth guards because the extra protection serves as a barrier between the braces and the cheeks and lips during a dental injury. Custom-fitted mouth guards offer several advantages over store-bought mouth guards and boil and bite guards, including:
- Increased protection
- Comfort (typically less bulky than stock mouth guards)
- Ease of breathing
- Ease of cleaning
- Durability (much more tear-resistant than pre-made mouth guards)
- Less shifting around in the mouth
Crafting Your Mouthguard
Getting a professionally fitted mouth guard at our dental office is a very simple process. Our dental team will make impressions of your upper teeth, and if necessary, your bottom teeth. The impressions will be used to fabricate your mouth guard that will match your teeth, gums and jaw. Your mouth guard will fit comfortably in your mouth and will not slip out. The material used to craft your personalized mouth guard is specialized to reduce tearing and provide maximum protection. Before you leave home, our team will go over in detail with you how to properly place the mouth guard in your mouth as well as how to care for it.
If you or your child play sports, a custom-made mouth guard can be a one-time investment that can save time and money over the long-term. To schedule a personal consultation with us, please contact Atlanta Smiles & Wellness by calling (404) 262-7733 today.