Athletes of all ages know the importance of a properly-fitted mouth guard. For more information on mouth guards in Chantilly, make an appointment with our skilled dental team. Be sure to ask about night guards if you’re concerned about teeth grinding.
If you or your child enjoy contact sports or other physical activities, you understand how it important it is to prevent sports-related injuries. Let us help you protect you and your child’s teeth with custom-fitted mouth guards. Our office also offers night guards for patients who suffer from nighttime bruxism (grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw during sleep).
What are Mouth Guards?
Mouth guards are essential gear whether you are a professional player or just in it for fun. Made of flexible, durable material, mouth guards protective coverings worn over your teeth to help prevent sports-related injuries. Their shock-absorbent design allows mouth guards to cushion your mouth and teeth from contact with the face.
Doctors and dentists alike recommend mouth guards for contact sports such as hockey, basketball, football, soccer and martial arts. Mouth guards are also recommended for any recreational activity where a hard fall or a blow to the face can occur, such as bike-riding, rollerblading, skateboarding and snowboarding. For children, mouth guards are typically required for participation in any school or little league sports team.
Do I Need a Mouth Guard?
If you play a contact sport, never gamble with your safety. Sports-related injuries are more common than you might think. Most injuries include but aren’t limited to:
A properly-fitted mouth guard can reduce your risk of other serious injuries, such as concussions and whiplash, by absorbing the shock of impacts to the face. That is why our dentist recommends a custom-made mouth guard from our office. While stock mouth guards are readily available at sporting good stores and department stores, they are often bulky and uncomfortable. Made from pre-formed molds, stock mouth guards are one-size-fits-all and offer little in protection. They can also slip in your mouth during use, potentially impeding your breathing and speech.
For best comfort, fit and performance, make an appointment for a custom-made mouth guard. We will take impressions of your teeth to ensure your mouth guard is built to your specifications. Once the professional dental laboratory has fabricated your mouth guard, we will check the bite and fit, and make any necessary adjustments for the best possible performance.
What are Night Guards?
Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? A night guard may be your answer!
A night guard is a retainer-like plastic appliance that can be worn on either the top or the bottom row of teeth. It protects the teeth from the pressure of clenching and grinding by relaxing the muscle responsible for bringing the upper and lower teeth together.
A night guard can be a simple, affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaws from the damaging effects of nighttime clenching and grinding by helping to relax the muscles in the jaw. Once we determine that you’re a good candidate for a night guard, we will create one that’s custom-made for your mouth, and you can rest soundly again.
Our friendly and professional staff is dedicated to meeting all your dental needs. For custom-made mouth guards in Chantilly, call our office at (571) 287-7301 to schedule an appointment.