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.
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.
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.
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.
At Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry, we accept all PPO insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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