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Mouth Guards in Wheeling, IL

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    What is a Mouth Guard?

    A mouth guard is a protective device that is worn over the teeth and gums to prevent injuries to the mouth, teeth, and jaw. It is typically made of a flexible material that molds to the shape of your mouth for a comfortable fit. Mouth guards are commonly used in sports and physical activities where there is a risk of impact or injury to the mouth, such as contact sports like football, hockey, and boxing.

    What Is the Orthodontic Treatment Process Like?

    Consultation and

    The first step in getting a mouth guard is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sandra Aristodemo at Aristo Dental. During this appointment, Dr. Aristodemo will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw to assess your oral health and determine if a mouth guard is necessary. She will also discuss your specific needs and concerns to ensure that the mouth guard is customized to fit your mouth perfectly.

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    Impressions and

    Once it is determined that a mouth guard is needed, Dr. Aristodemo will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom-fit mouth guard. These impressions will be sent to a dental laboratory where the mouth guard will be fabricated. Customization options may include choosing the color or design of the mouth guard to make it more personalized and appealing.

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    Fitting and

    Once the mouth guard is ready, you will return to our office for a fitting appointment. Dr. Aristodemo will ensure that the mouth guard fits comfortably and securely in your mouth. She may make minor adjustments to ensure the proper fit and functionality. She will also provide you with instructions on how to properly clean and care for your mouth guard to maintain its effectiveness and longevity.

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    Protect Your Smile from Dental Injuries

    One of the primary benefits of wearing a mouth guard is the protection it provides against dental injuries. Mouth guards act as a cushion, absorbing and distributing the force of impact, which helps prevent broken teeth, tooth loss, and damage to the soft tissues of the mouth. By wearing a mouth guard, you can significantly reduce the risk of dental emergencies and the need for costly dental treatments.

    Prevent Jaw Injuries

    Mouth guards also help prevent jaw injuries by providing a buffer between the upper and lower teeth. They can help reduce the risk of jaw fractures, dislocations, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. By properly aligning the jaw and reducing the pressure on the jaw joints, mouth guards promote better jaw function and alleviate symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and teeth grinding.

    Experience Better Performance in Sports

    In addition to protecting against injuries, mouth guards can also enhance athletic performance. By providing a comfortable and secure fit, mouth guards allow athletes to breathe, speak, and communicate more effectively during physical activity. They can also improve focus and concentration, as athletes feel more confident and protected while participating in their chosen sport.