Mouth Guards Your Orthodontist in Plainfield, NJ Recommends

With sports in full swing, Dr. Lorino recommends that his patients in Plainfield wear mouth guards.  Mouth guards are a protective covering worn over your teeth to prevent dental injury. Mouth guards protect teeth from injury that can be a result of sports or teeth grinding. Generally, mouth guards cover your upper teeth only, but in some instances (such as if you wear braces or another fixed dental appliance on your lower jaw), Dr. Lorino will make a mouth guard for the lower teeth as well. Smiles by Lorino is happy to advise its patients in Union County, NJ which mouth guard is right for them.

Dr. Lorino explains that there are three types of mouth guards available.  They are stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and custom-fitted mouth guards.  The stock mouth guard is preformed and come ready to wear.  They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting good stores in Plainfield. Unfrotunately, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide little or no protection. Dr. Lorino does not recommend this type of mouth guard to his patients.  The second type is the boil and bite mouth guard.  These mouth guards can be bought at many sporting goods stores in Union County and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material which is placed in hot water to soften and then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure.  Lastly is the custom-fitted mouth guard.  This mouth guard is individually designed by Dr. Lorino and his team in Long Hill, NJ.  Dr. Lorino will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material. Beacuse the material is more costly, the custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Dr. Lorino and his team at Smiles by Lorino also recommend a mouth guard to his patients who grind their teeth.  Dr. Lorino will make a mouth guard called a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint to prevent dental damage done as a result of teeth grinding.

So don't hesitate and contacts, Dr. Lorino in either Long Hill or Franklin Lakes to get your mouth guard advice. The team at Smiles by Lorino are ready to assist all your orthodontic and dental needs.