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Mouth Guards

There are two kinds of mouth guards:  Sports guards and occlusal guards.

Moldable sports guards protect the mouth and teeth from high-impact, low-impact and no-impact sports activities that can cause injury to the mouth and teeth.  Moldable sports guards are essential pieces of equipment.  As these sports are known to be injury causing, it is important to protect yourself and your teeth and mouth.

Participating in sports activities, participants are at a high risk of injury to the mouth, lacerations to the lips, chipped teeth loosened teeth and other injuries are commonly seen.  Wearing a moldable mouth guard a participant be 60 times less likely of injury.

Mouth guards are only mandatory in organized sports.  But sports where individuals participate on a volunteer, pick-up basis tend to be a lot more prone to injury due to the nature of the amateur status and lack of organization.

How does a mouth guard work?

A moldable mouth guard inserts into the mouth and covers the teeth entirely.  If the mouth were to b impacted the mouth guard would take nearly all of the force of the impact before the teeth feel any of the impact.  By doing this the teeth are protected from chipping, cracking, loosening or being knocked out.

The dentist can order a moldable mouth guard that fits your mouth precisely.  By using a moldable mouth guard that fits so snugly the performance of the mouth guard improves over store-bought, generic mouth guards.

Bruxism is the medical term for someone who grinds their teeth.  The degree of how much you grind your teeth may vary from night-to-night.  You may have a great deal of jaw ache or you may be chipping and grinding your teeth down.  Teeth grinders may think of this as a slight annoyance or a major problem depending upon how much you grind your teeth.

A mouth guard will prevent you from grinding your teeth down and causing permanent damage.  This will also prevent other health issues associated with grinding your teeth such as waking up with a headache or sore jaw.

Your dentist can custom fit your occlusion mouth guard to ensure a fit that will prevent you from grinding anymore.

Smile with confidence

Invisalign makes it easier than ever! Unlike conventional, unsightly metal braces that can injure your mouth, trap food, and harbor germs, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into the smile you’ve always wanted. Plus, caring for your teeth while they’re being straightened is simple and convenient—just remove the aligners for regular brushing and flossing, and replace them when you’re done.

 

*Dr. Durling is recognized as an Invisalign provider by Align Technology. **Cosmetic dentistry, implantology, implant dentistry, and TMJ therapy are specialty areas not recognized by the ADA and require no specific educational training to advertise this service. ***Dr Durling and Dr Dexter are not specialists in orthodontics. ****Conscious sedation is taught as part of the post graduate residency program approved by the ADA. Dr Durling is certified in the State of Missouri for oral conscious sedation.