Athletic Mouth Guards
What is a mouth guard?
A mouth guard is a dental appliance designed to fit over your teeth in order to protect your smile from damage. An athletic mouth guard, sometimes called a sports guard, is specially made to prevent dental injury during athletic activities. A sports mouthguard is only effective it if it well fitted and worn consistently.
There are three main kinds of mouth guards available:
- Stock mouth guards — These come preformed and ready to wear – available for purchase at sports shops and pharmacies. They are convenient and inexpensive, but you cannot adjust the fit well and for this reason they offer in minimal protection.
- Boil-and-bite mouth guards — This kind of mouth guard is made from thermoplastic material. You can place it in hot water to soften it, then put it in the mouth to shape it around the teeth for a more customized fit.
- Custom-made mouth guards — This type of mouth guard provides the best possible protection for your smile. Our dentist will create your custom-fitted mouth guard from moulds ( impressions) of your mouth, so you know it will fit comfortably and effectively.
Do I need a mouth guard?
Dr Carolyn Langrell-Read recommends mouth guards for any patient who participates in athletic activities. This is especially important for children, teenagers, and young adults who are involved in contact sports.
Wearing a custom-made mouth guard can protect you or your smile from injuries like knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, and injury to the cheeks and tongue. The customized laminated mouth-guards have even been shown to reduce jaw fracture and concussion type injuries as they reduce, absorb, and dissipate the impact of injury providing protection for not only the teeth but other facial structures and the brain as well.
To learn more about getting a mouth guard in Auckland, we encourage you to contact us today at Newmarket Family Dental Care
In the unfortunate event that you do sustain a dental injury, be sure to contact Dr Langrell- Read to assess the mouth and teeth for possible injury. It is critical that the injury is documented (including photographic and x-ray assessment of the injury) and the appropriate report lodged with Accident Compensation Corporation as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
In case of emergency contact Dr Langrel-Read on 021 488 251. Be sure to retain the tooth / portion of tooth that has been damaged and seek professional advice within 30 minutes – time is the critical factor in the long term survival of teeth following dental injury. This is particularly important when the dental injury may seem insignificant in the light of other more serious injuries sustained at the time - in major injury cases the dental injury can be overlooked altogether. The dental injuries may not be obvious to the untrained eye. In some cases the results of an impact to the teeth may not become evident for many years following the initial injury. It is a hard to justify your claim if the appropriate documentation has not been lodged with Accident Compensation at the time of injury. Only a dentist can lodge the dental assessment report to Accidental Compensation - the school dental system and medical staff are not trained to provide appropriate assessment and documentation for accident related injuries.
Finally, a dental service I can rely on and honestly don't mind visiting. Our whole family see Carolyn and her team on a regular basis. The general dental care we receive is wonderful. Carolyn's thorough yet relaxed and friendly manner leave us feeling like we have made the right choice in moving to her clinic from elsewhere. I personally had a problem with clenching/grinding my teeth at night, which was damaging and wearing them down. Carolyn suggested I have a specially moulded retainer made to wear whilst sleeping. I was worried it would be uncomfortable, or wouldn't really work, but I am absolutely amazed at its success, and it is actually comfortable. No further wear and tear on my teeth and no more waking up with headaches. Also, thank you Carolyn for all your help and guidance through my recent, major wisdom tooth extraction.
Thanks Carolyn and co for the care extended to Team Collett over the last four years. We really couldn’t be happier! We have one child who now wants to study dentistry and adores all the gory stories. And another that will now happily turn up for the joy of choosing the wackiest sunglasses. The journey with him in particular has included star jumps to shake out nerves, text messages from the Tooth Fairy congratulating him on his bravery, the fantastic monster paste to encourage brushing performance, and now matching emoji glasses. We really can’t thank you enough for the empathy and creativity used, but most importantly the amazing professional care. We tell everyone how amazing you are!
I can’t recommend Newmarket Family Dental Care highly enough! From my first contact with the team, throughout my dental work, to the follow up calls – every stage with Carolyn and her lovely team exceeded all my expectations and put any nerves I had at ease. They even supplied me with a pink unicorn hot wheat sack, blanket and funky glasses…ever seen anyone so happy and at home having their wisdom teeth extracted? If you’re a nervous patient looking for a lovely dental team, or just wanting excellent dental treatment from a well trusted and highly skilled dentist, don’t look past Newmarket Family Dental Care! Thank you team!
Finding Carolyn was one of the best things that happened to me since I moved to Auckland 2 years ago. I've had my share of bad dentists over the past couple of decades, which was both costly and painful. So when my dental floss got stuck in a problematic filling, I got really nervous with the prospects of seeing a new dentist. As Carolyn was trying to fix the bad work of a previous dentist, the filling broke. My gums were bleeding a lot because of the bad filling, and I had to take more injections so that Carolyn could continue working on my tooth. I got so nervous that my legs started shaking. At this point, Carolyn did two unforgettable things. Firstly, I could see in her eyes that she felt empathy for my suffering, and she did everything in her power to make me feel safe in her capable hands. Secondly, she fixed my tooth after 10 years of discomfort and two bad dentists. I am grateful for Carolyn with all my heart.
Carolyn and her team provide an outstanding dental service. Carolyn seems very up to date with best practice and new research in dentistry and dental health. She seems very thorough and precise, and determined to deliver a quality outcome that fits a patient’s needs and preferences. I was particularly impressed with Carolyn’s attention to detail in finding a way of making a large filing replacement work in a tooth that was in a difficult location with uncertain strength in its remaining enamel walls. Carolyn crafted the replacement to fit extremely well in a manner that seems to have maintained the required strength. I was also impressed with her attention to detail and current best practice in oral health, particularly the relationship between diet (high fruit intake) and dental hygiene.
As a very anxious dental patient I was recommended Carolyn Langrell-Read by a family member who happens to be a dental nurse herself, high praise in itself. I have now been a patient since 1986 and am extremely happy with her caring and professional manner. I required a significant amount of work to be done and have been well informed throughout each stage of the process. Over the past few years my attitude has changed since my first visit when I was terrified to even walk through the door, recently I was so relaxed that I nearly fell asleep in the chair and not due to sedation!! That is due to Carolyn’s patient, kind and thoughtful nature, it makes travelling from the North Shore very worthwhile indeed.
I have known Carolyn Langrell - Read for 6 years. In this time she has treated my gum disease, suggested that I should consider braces, (my bottom teeth were breaking my top teeth), and given me superior dental treatment. Her skill in filling, reconstructing, capping and saving teeth some that have been filled generously with amalgam in the past is extraordinary. Her manner is friendly and professional. She gives you an excellent explanation (both verbal and written) of the treatment she proposes or has achieved. Her equipment is excellent and this combined with her expertise enables her to achieve a very high standard of dental work I feel very confident that Carolyn will look after my teeth in the future and I can recommend her as an exceptional dentist.
Good morning Elaynor Thank you for the follow up call. The treatment has worked well and I have recovered fully. My long term association with your Clinic and repeated visits are a testimony of the good and professional care provided by Dr. Langrell-Read and her staff. I am always impressed with her eye for detail and the ability to listen and to communicate with her patient regarding the treatment planned and undertaken. I have recommended her services to my daughter in law.