Mouth Guards

Overview

Mouth guards are devices used to prevent damage and injuries to teeth usually occurring from sports. An effective mouth guard works like a “crash helmet” for the teeth.

What Are Mouth Guards?

Mouth guards are devices used to protect your teeth from damage while you sleep or play sports. Sports guards, mouth guards, and mouth protectors are different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from blows to the face and head. Mouth guards are an important piece of athletic equipment for anyone participating in a sport that involves falls, body contact, or flying equipment. This includes football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking — any activity that might result in an injury to the mouth. 

Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth and are designed to protect against broken teeth, cut lips, and other damage to your mouth. If you wear braces or other fixed dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may suggest a mouth protector for these teeth as well. They are also used to prevent teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw. Depending on the need, there are three types of mouth guards:

An ideal mouth guard fulfills the following conditions to work effectively

Benefits Of Mouth Guard

Mouth Guards Made At Dentist’s Office

At Fisher & Orfaly Dental, mouth guards are individually designed and made in our office. Not surprisingly, they are likely to provide the most comfortable fit and best protection. Dr. Orfaly takes an impression of your teeth and then constructs the mouth guard over a model of them. Because they fit and feel better, most athletes prefer customized mouth guards. While doing so, Dr. Orfaly and his team compassionately attend to every query that you have related to mouth guards. 

You are asked to wear the newly made mouth guard to check if it fits in well. If any changes are needed, they are made and the mouth guards are handed over to you.

Who Is A Right Candidate For Getting Mouth Guards?

Mouth guards are used to prevent sports injuries.

Are Mouth guards Covered Under Insurance?

Some dental insurances cover partial or the entire cost of custom-fitted mouth guards crafted by dental professionals. Since health insurance policies keep changing, it is always advisable to check with the insurance companies.

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How To Care For Mouth Guards?

Using mouth guards comes with a responsibility. Dr. Orfaly and team advise certain guidelines to follow to look for the hygiene of the mouth guards you use:

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Deej Twombly
October 7, 2020

Coming to Dr Orfaly is The best decision I could have made. I didn’t have a dentist for years and they saw me when I had an emergency. Now I am getting all of my dental work here, perfect caps, bridges and hygiene. I highly recommend Dr Orfaly and his staff.

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October 28, 2020

After having a negative experience with a filling with a past dentist, I was nervous to go to a new dentist with tooth pain. Dr. Orfaly and team were very understanding and knowledgable when walking me through my options for a cracked tooth. 10/10 would recommend due to their professionalism, attention to detail, and level of care. Thanks team!

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April 1, 2021

Dr Orfaly is the best dentist around! I have alot of anxiety around going to the dentist & Dr Orfaly always makes sure to check in to see how I'm doing & is so nice. If a referral is needed to a specialist, he makes the call for you & gets you an appt quickly (mine was even the same day) I love how they book you with the same dental hygienist for all cleanings.. Adds another level of comfort... Shoutout to mine, Kathy!

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Dr. George Orfaly
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About Dr. George Orfaly

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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