What are athletic mouth guards?
If you or someone in your family play a sport (such as boxing, football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or wrestling), then seasoned dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi highly recommends a custom-made mouth guard to protect your gums, teeth, and jawbone. Compared to generic mouth guards bought at the store, custom-made mouth guards from Michaela Tozzi, DMD will be crafted and adjusted for you, which makes it even more comfortable and effective. If you live near Las Vegas, we invite you to contact Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV for more information about custom-made mouth guards. When you visit our office, we can review all of your options to build an oral appliance that suits your needs and activity level to protect your smile.
What are the benefits of mouth guards?
Athletic mouth guards are specialized devices designed to protect the teeth and mouth during sports and other physical activities. Here are some of the benefits of using an athletic mouth guard:
- Prevents tooth damage and injury
- Protects soft tissues
- Improves breathing
- Enhances performance
Overall, athletic mouth guards are an important piece of protective equipment for athletes of all ages and skill levels. They offer a range of benefits that can help prevent injury and improve performance, making them a wise investment for anyone who participates in sports or other physical activities.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ATHLETIC mouth guards?
Custom mouth guards are important if you or a member of your family participate in a contact sport or has a high risk of injury. Many of our patients participate in volleyball, martial arts, football, soccer, softball, hockey, wrestling, and other contact sports. A custom-made mouth guard can be particularly helpful if you have braces or dental restorations because these can easily cut your gums and the soft tissue lining your mouth. Protective oral appliances also have been shown to help athletes in sports without contact (jogging, yoga, weight lifting) by reducing strain on the jaw. Since a custom mouth guard is created specifically for you, it typically fits better and lasts longer compared to boil and bite or stock mouth protectors available at sporting goods stores.
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WHAT TO EXPECT when getting a mouth guard
For the first step in making your mouth guard, Dr. Tozzi will take a collection of physical and digital dental impressions. Your impressions will be sent off to a dental lab where your mouth guard will be carefully crafted from durable, high-quality materials. Once made and shipped to our practice, you will return to our office to get your guard fitted. Dr. Tozzi will ensure that your guard fits correctly and is comfortable.
What happens AFTER getting a mouth guard?
When you receive your mouth guard, it's important to wear it during sports or anytime your mouth needs extra protection. Caring for your mouth guard will be crucial in maintaining its lifespan. It's necessary to keep it in a safe location and clean it before and after every use. Dr. Tozzi will go over the best method to clean your mouth guard, depending on the materials used. You should take it with you to each dental appointment so Dr. Tozzi can inspect its current state and tell you when a replacement is necessary.
Are mouth guards covered by dental insurance?
During your consultation, Dr. Tozzi will go over your options and prices. Michaela Tozzi, DMD takes several payments, and we will be able to help you find low-interest financing. Insurance may cover some of the costs so we'll call your provider to determine your precise benefits and calculate your out-of-pocket expenses.
Mouth Guards FAQ
How long do athletic mouth guards last?
The length of time that your mouth guard lasts depends on a number of factors, including how high-contact your sport is. The more stress that is put on the mouth guard, the shorter it will endure. However, we use high-quality materials at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in order to ensure our mouth guards last for as long as possible.
Is this the same thing as a night guard?
While athletic mouth guards and night mouth guards protect your mouth, they protect against different forms of wear and tear. Athletic mouth guards are specifically designed to protect your mouth against high impact and collisions that might occur through various contact sports and need only be worn while engaging in physical activity. Night mouth guards serve for protection against various wear that happens when the body is at rest, such as bruxism, and should be worn throughout the night.
How do I clean my mouth guard?
Taking care of your athletic mouth guard is easy. First, make sure to clean it before each use with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Rinse it thoroughly with water to ensure all the harmful bacteria are washed away. A protective case can help prevent the mouthguard from getting cracked or broken by accident. Also, be sure to remember to clean your case as well, as bacteria can live there, too.
Can I wear a mouth guard if I have braces?
Absolutely, wearing a mouth guard is even more essential when you have braces, as it adds an extra layer of protection for both your teeth and orthodontic appliances. Customized mouth guards available at Michaela Tozzi, DMD, can be designed to accommodate braces and other dental work.
Are mouth guards really necessary for sports?
Yes, mouth guards are crucial for anyone participating in contact sports or activities with a high risk of facial injury. Wearing a mouth guard helps protect your teeth, gums, and jaw from significant damage. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD, we highly recommend customized mouth guards for the best fit and protection.
Are over-the-counter mouth guards as effective as custom-fitted ones?
While over-the-counter mouth guards offer some level of protection, they are generally not as effective as custom-fitted mouth guards. A custom-fit guard, made from impressions of your teeth, provides better comfort and maximum protection. Dr. Tozzi specializes in creating mouth guards tailored to your specific needs.
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Michaela Tozzi, DMD is proud to be serving the surrounding communities of Henderson and Las Vegas, NV with personalized dental care. If you play in a contact sport, reach out to our practice today to learn more about how an oral appliance can protect your teeth and help prevent accidents during high-level activities. We look forward to meeting you.