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Custom Mouthguard: The Benefits Outweigh the Cost Marietta, GA

Custom Mouthguard: The Benefits Outweigh the Cost

Marietta GA Family Dentist

If you have a child in sports, you’ve already relinquished some funds for equipment, uniforms, lessons, league fees and other expenses. The last thing you may want to do is buy a custom mouthguard for your child to wear on the playing field. However, before you run to the sporting goods store for a cheaper, over-the-counter mouthguard, you should know the benefits of getting one from your dentist.

More Effective, Better Protection

A custom mouthguard is fabricated to fit every crevice and groove of your child’s unique teeth. Therefore, it won’t slip out unexpectedly, or during a direct hit or hard fall. In fact, studies have compared the use of custom mouthguards to “boil-and-bite” models and determined the difference in protection. According to a recent study by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), high school football players wearing store-bought mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer mild traumatic brain injures (MTBI)/concussions than those wearing custom-made, properly fitted mouthguards. Custom mouthguards prevent head injuries as well as chipped teeth, knocked out teeth, jaw damage and oral lacerations. They are made of higher quality material and fit exceedingly better than store-bought methods.

More Comfortable, Stay in Place

For the same reason they are more effective, custom mouthguards are also more comfortable. The ability to fit snugly across every tooth of your child’s bite means that you won’t see them playing with the mouthguard during the game or pushing it in and out with their tongue between plays. A mouthguard that is comfortable is one that is kept in place, and one that will do its job of protecting their smile. Store-bought mouthguards tend to be a thicker and harder material, which can be very uncomfortable during a long practice or game. In contrast, a custom mouthguard allows your child to comfortably breathe and speak while keeping it firmly in its proper position!

More Durable, Long-term Wear

We can’t say a custom mouthguard is indestructible, but it will certainly last much longer than a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore. In fact, you should get multiple seasons of use out of it before it needs to be replaced. If you notice signs of wear or a change in the way your custom guard fits, always tell your dentist so that a better model can be made.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, getting a custom athletic mouthguard is easy and quick. All we need is an impression of your teeth, which takes just a few minutes. We will send off your precise measurements to a lab where your new mouthguard will be fabricated. We believe that a customized mouthguard gives patients a much longer return on their investment, and when it comes to protecting your child’s smile, a first-rate solution is required.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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