Up to 39 percent of all dental injuries are related to sports, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association. At Smiles of Chattanooga, we don’t want you to become a scary statistic. We make mouthguards in Chattanooga so you can protect your teeth every time you play.Doctor Robert Gallien on athletic mouth guards and grind guards Read Transcript
There's a couple of different mouthguards people can get. The first style is an athletic mouthguard, and that's great for a lot of people. Anyone that does any physical activity where they could receive a blow to the face, they're definitely in need of an athletic mouthguard because what can happen, even though people don't realize it, is when they get hit, if they don't have something protecting them, they might not see the bad things that could happen with the teeth until years later. So, lots of times, teeth can die from trauma, and that's the way that we see that happen.
The second device we use is a bruxism guard, or some people just call it a grind guard. Grinding is basically an epidemic. We find that about 80 percent of people either clench or grind in their sleep, which start to cause like a little domino effect of problems.
They start to lose the enamel that protects the tooth. Then, they start to crack the enamel off, which leads to erosive or erosion that can “melt” the teeth away, and their gums start to recede. And on top of that, they have sore jaws and a stiff neck to boot. That's a very conservative method for treating sore jaws, stiff neck, damage to the enamel and just make them feel all over comfortable. It even takes headaches away in some people. So, it's fantastic.
Our custom mouthguards will:
- Stay in your mouth, thanks to their great fit
- Protect your teeth from damage, including cracks and breaks
- Be comfortable to wear, so you won’t be tempted to leave them out at game time
Our dentists can also design custom nightguards to stop destructive teeth grinding and help you get a better night’s sleep. They can also create custom bleaching trays to use with teeth whitening treatments. If you’re interested in a custom mouthguard, call 423-454-2181.
Advanced Technology Ensures You Get a Mouthguard That Fits
In sports equipment, few things are as important as a good fit. Just as you wouldn’t run a marathon in shoes that don’t fit, you shouldn’t wear an ill-fitting mouthguard. Many “boil and bite” mouthguards purchased from sporting goods stores require you to submerge them in boiling water to soften them, then use your fingers and tongue to mold them around your teeth. Not surprisingly, this often results in a poor fit.
We take impressions of your teeth and other measurements, then use sophisticated design software and a machine that allows us to manufacture your custom mouthguard right in our office. Most other dentists outsource the production to an outside lab. No more waiting days – or even longer – for a mouthpiece that perfectly fits your mouth.
Take Good Care of Your Custom Mouthguard
Your custom mouthguard is made of durable materials and should last for several years with proper care. You’ll get the maximum amount of wear out of it if you:
- Clean your mouthguard every time you wear it. Use mild soapy water or a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
- Never let anyone else wear your mouthguard.
- Avoid leaving it in the sun or otherwise exposing it to high temperatures.
- Make sure it’s dry before storing. Keep it in a sturdy container with ventilation holes so air can get to it.
- Bring it with you to dental exams so we can make sure it’s in good shape.
Interested in mouthguards in Chattanooga, TN? Call 423-454-2181.