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Athletic Guards

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry

General, Cosmetic and Family Dentists located in Santa Clarita Valley, Valencia, CA

Athletic guards play a critical role in keeping your teeth, tongue, and other oral structures safe and sound during athletic activities. Sports guards are important for athletes of all ages and for any sport or activity where an impact could damage your mouth or jaws. Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry offers custom-made sports guards for patients in Valencia, California, and throughout the Santa Clarita Valley using state-of-the-art materials for greater comfort, protection, and durability. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more.

Athletic Guards

What are athletic guards?

Athletic guards are customized protective devices you wear over your teeth to protect your teeth and the rest of your mouth from injury during sports or high-impact activities. Athletic guards are required gear for most sports, but they’re also critically important for avoiding serious damage like tooth or bone fractures and major lacerations to the soft tissues, including your lips, gums, and tongue. Athletic guards – also called sports guards – are available for athletes of all ages and sizes to provide protection from impacts, collisions, and other injuries.

How is an athletic guard fitted?

Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry custom-fits each athletic guard to ensure the most protection and the greatest comfort during use. Your fitting begins with an examination of your teeth and gums, followed by impressions of your teeth.

These impressions serve as the basis for your athletic guards, ensuring they follow the contours of your teeth and gums for a secure, comfortable fit. Once your guards are made, you’ll come in for a final fitting and adjustment.

Can’t I just use an over-the-counter sports guard?

While over-the-counter sports guards may seem like a budget-friendly option, their one-size-fits-all construction means they won’t provide the level of protection you need to make sure your teeth, gums, and other structures are protected properly. Sports guards that claim to mold to your or your child’s mouth after being warmed in water don’t use the same durable materials as a sports guard from Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, which means they’re likely to become misshaped, uncomfortable, and unable to provide proper protection.

Are sports guards difficult to care for?

No, you can keep your athletic mouth guard in good shape with regular brushing with a soft brush to remove germs. You can also rinse it with mouthwash. When you’re not wearing your sports guard, store it in its case to protect it.

Always bring your sports guard with you to your appointments so your dentist can examine it and check the fit. Kids whose teeth and jaws are developing need to have their athletic guard updated on a regular basis to ensure it still fits well and provides proper protection.