Caring for your pearly whites requires more than simply brushing and flossing. You need regular check-ups and cleanings, and sometimes you need appliances like Invisalign clear braces. If you grind your teeth, particularly in your sleep, you will need to be fitted with a night guard. And if you participate in contact sports such as football, hockey, rugby or wrestling, Dr. Robert Harrell of Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne recommends that you wear a custom-fitted mouthguard for protection.

The additional effort is worth it to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. This is very important since the quality of your smile directly impacts your appearance, self-esteem, proper digestion, ability to speak clearly and more.

Why Should I Wear a Custom Mouthguard?

Even if you wear a helmet for your sporting endeavor, an unlucky fall or ill-placed contact with an opponent’s elbow or knee could result in damage to your mouth requiring medical attention. Since a blow to the face, jaw or mouth can result in broken, chipped or missing teeth, many sports leagues require a mouthguard as part of their standard protective equipment. Avoid the pain and costly dental bills of an accident by protecting your smile with a custom mouthguard from Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne. Dr. Harrell can take impressions and have your personalized appliance ready to wear in days.

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Caring For Your Appliance

Dr. Harrell advises his patients to keep their custom mouthguard secure in the case when it is not being worn. To make sure you always have it with you when needed, you may want to store your appliance in a designated compartment of your athletic bag. Be sure to use your toothbrush to scrub your mouthguard before and after every use to avoid the growth of bacteria. Soak your mouthguard periodically in a diluted mouthwash solution.

Sports Precautions

Since they are technically defined as non-contact sports, you may be surprised to learn that basketball and baseball are actually the two most common sports for producing dental calamities. This is because participants, to their regret, don’t feel the need to wear a mouthguard for these pastimes. But as the above fact reveals, in any recreational activity where there are flying balls and/or flying bodies, proper gear is a must to avoid the risk of injury. Wearing a custom mouthguard is a simple and effective way to protect your brilliant smile.

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Your Smile Is Our Business

At Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, we are committed to providing patients with the best dental care possible. From our friendly and skilled staff to our state-of-the-art equipment, we make every appointment a positive experience that enhances your overall dental health. Remember, proactive dental care today helps to prevent larger dental concerns from arising tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you soon to hear about your latest athletic exploits while we fit you for your custom mouthguard.

If you’re ready to protect your million-dollar smile, schedule an appointment for impressions. If your teeth already have issues that need to be corrected, we can restore your smile with dental implants, same-day crowns, porcelain veneers and more. Contact us for a free, no-obligation smile assessment. As part of your exam, a digital smile preview will be created at no cost (a $95 value) to show how your smile will appear when your treatment is completed. Call 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page to set your appointment.