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Mouthguards In Farmington Hills, MI

Protect Your Smile with Mouthguards 

In the fast-paced world of sports and active lifestyles, safeguarding your smile is important. Fortunately, our Farmington Hills, MI dentist, Dr. Roman Shlafer offers mouthguards, providing a vital shield against potential dental injuries. Whether you're a dedicated athlete or simply someone who enjoys an energetic pursuit, understanding the significance of mouthguards in preserving your oral health is essential. 

What Is a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a protective device designed to cover and cushion the teeth, gums, and surrounding oral structures. It is typically made of soft, flexible material and is custom-fitted to an individual's mouth. Mouthguards are commonly used in sports and recreational activities to prevent injuries to the mouth and jaw.

Types of Mouthguards

In addition to customized mouthguards, there are also stock mouthguards and boil and bite mouthguards.

  • Stock mouthguards are carried in retail stores. While they’re cheap, these devices are one-size-fits-all, which does not allow full protection. In addition, some patients might find them uncomfortable.
  • Boil and bite mouthguards are made of special plastic that, once boiled, becomes moldable. You then need to bite into it, and the plastic forms around your bite. While some may find these to be better than stock mouthguards, the risk of user error could mean a wasted mold— or worse, an ill-fitting appliance.

As a safer and more effective alternative, Dr. Shlafer recommends customized high-quality mouthguards that offer the best fit and the highest level of protection.

Benefits of Using a Mouthguard

Injury Prevention: The primary purpose of a mouthguard is to protect the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth from injuries during physical activities. It acts as a shock absorber, dispersing and absorbing the force of impacts, thereby reducing the risk of fractures, dislocations, and lacerations.

Preventing TMJ Disorders: Mouthguards can also help in preventing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders by providing a cushioning effect, which reduces the pressure on the jaw joint during activities that involve jaw movement.

Protecting Against Bruxism: For individuals suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), a special type of mouthguard, called a nightguard, can be custom-made to protect teeth from excessive wear and prevent associated complications.

Candidacy for Mouthguards

  • Those prone to teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Individuals with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Children and adolescents engaged in sports or physical activities with a risk of oral injury

Frequently Asked Questions

While boil-and-bite mouthguards are better than no protection at all, they do not provide the same level of comfort and protection as custom-fitted mouthguards. Custom-made guards offer a precise fit, ensuring superior safety.
Yes, it's highly recommended for children involved in sports or recreational activities with a risk of oral injury. Dentists can provide specially designed mouthguards for children.
You should generally replace your mouthguard every six months to a year, or sooner if you notice any signs of wear and tear. Regular checks by a dentist during your dental appointments can help determine the right time for a replacement. Additionally, if you notice any damage such as cracks, tears, or worn-out areas, it's important to replace it promptly to ensure proper protection for your teeth and mouth.
It's recommended to avoid using regular toothpaste to clean your mouthguard. Toothpaste can be abrasive and may cause damage to the material over time. Instead, rinse your mouthguard with cool water after each use and clean it with a non-abrasive, mild soap. Additionally, consider using a specialized mouthguard cleaner or soak it in a mouthwash recommended by your dentist for thorough sanitization.

Guarding Your Smile Is Our Top Priority!

A mouthguard is an essential piece of protective gear that can safeguard your teeth and oral health during physical activities. By investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard, you're not only preventing potential injuries but also ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. Whether you're an athlete or someone dealing with teeth grinding, a mouthguard is a valuable addition to your oral health regimen. Don't hesitate to consult your dentist to find the right mouthguard for your specific needs.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr. Shlafer became my dentist 2 years ago when my fiance at the time recommended I use his dentist. From the initial consultation, I knew Dr Shlafer would be my long term dentist. Dr Shalfer and his team were very thorough which showed that they truly cared about my dental health. I highly recommend Dr. Shlafer."

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"The staff here is stellar. I've been going here for years now and have never had a bad experience. The women at the desk greet everyone by name, and the doctor remembers everything you tell him about yourself. Everyone here knows what they're doing, a trip here is never a hassle, and they'll always keep your best interest in mind."

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"Dr. Shlafer and staff are absolutely fabulous. So incredibly friendly and accommodating and Dr. is so gentle and very comforting. The office atmosphere is very relaxing as well!"

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