Mouthguards: An Overview
Preventing tooth loss or tooth damage is our main priority of Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry’s general dentistry services. This is why we offer custom-made mouthguards to all of our patients (children or adults) who engage in any collision and contact sports or activities.
Mouthguards protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from any direct impact they may endure. They should be considered a regular part of your athletic gear and worn whenever you engage in any activity that puts you at risk for tooth loss or tooth damage.
Dr. Wingate and the team at Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can create you a custom-made mouthguard that offers both protection and comfort. We are happy to provide these to anyone who feels like a mouthguard would be best for their dental health. This includes patients who experience involuntary teeth grinding at night.
Mouthguards: What to Expect
While you can get mouth guards over the counter, a custom-made mouthguard offers some key benefits to consider, including:
- More comfortable, natural fit
- Less jaw clenching, which allows you to stay focused during any activity
- Ability to drink fluids and speak while using
Dr. Wingate creates your custom-fit mouth guard by taking dental impressions during your initial office visit. This allows for your new mouth guard to fit securely over your teeth or braces for your best protection and comfort. For our younger patients, we offer fun colors to choose from for the design of the mouthguard to encourage them to use it as often as they need to.
After we have those dental impressions, it takes about a week for the mouthguard to be created in our labs. We will contact you right away when it is ready to be picked up. If your mouthguard is ever damaged or worn down, contact us! We are happy to examine your mouthguard and provide you with a new one if necessary.