Mouth Guards

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth protector. Sports like basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball all pose risks to your gum tissues, as well as your teeth. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous to the teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.

A helmet can prevent serious injuries such as concussions, cerebral hemorrhages, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw.   Mouth guards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances.

Mouth protectors, which typically cover the upper teeth, can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to the soft tissues of the mouth. If you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw, a mouth protector is available for these teeth as well.

A properly fitted mouth protector may be especially important for people who wear braces or have fixed bridge work. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances. A mouth protector also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. Although mouth protectors typically only cover the upper teeth, your dentist or orthodontist may suggest that you use a mouth protector on the lower teeth if you have braces on these teeth too. If you have a retainer or other removable appliance, do not wear it during any contact sports.

Types of mouth guards

There are three types of mouth protectors:

  • Stock - Inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. Unfortunately, they often don't fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
  • Boil and bite - Can be bought at many sporting goods stores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They should be softened in water, then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. If you don't follow the directions carefully you can wind up with a poor-fitting mouth protector.
  • Custom-fitted - Made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, they can offer a better fit than anything you can buy off the shelf.

Our Location

West Fullerton Avenue, Beat 2515, Belmont Cragin, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60647, United States of America

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Primary Location

Monday:

12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "This dental practice has it all, from great customer service to top of the line technology, I’ve been going to them for years, I had a tooth ache over the weekend, called Monday to set an appointment and they were able to accommodate me first thing in the morning the next day, Dr Guzman and all her staff and amazingly friendly and explain you every step of the process they are about to perform. Definitely recommend it to family and friends."
    Uriel N.
  • "Staff was always extremely friendly and helpful with questions. Dentist explained every step of every visit. Highly recommended."
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  • "Sam and Dr.Fidel are wonderful! I enjoy going to get my teeth cleaned. The office is clean and newly renovated. They make the experience very comfortable."
    Lauren H.
  • "I originally had an appointment at another dentist office this morning, but due to snow and traffic they cancelled my appointment so called around to different offices for a Saturday appointment. Initially I was told that I could only have a ortho consult for Invisalign done today but somehow the amazing team here was able to fit me in for a cleaning, x-rays and take care of all of my dental needs and questions in the same day at the last minute. Thanks for taking great care of me today!"
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  • "Alma is the best! She is everything I was looking for...very knowledgeable, patient and caring! Dr. Guzman was amazing. All staff members are very professional, to say the least. I am extremely satisfied with my new dental office. :)"
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  • "There is no better dentist than Dr Guzman. The staff and everyone at A Brush Above is always amazing, kind and helpful. Samantha is the best hygienist I've ever gone to. I love going to the dentist, because of A Brush Above!!! Highly recommended!"
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