Mouth Guards Specialist

Michael  Kim, DDS -  - Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry

Michael Kim, DDS

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Mequon, WI

A mouth guard is an important piece of sports equipment if your game involves contact or the potential for a fall. In Mequon, Wisconsin, Michael Kim, DDS, can custom fit mouth guards to fit your, or your child’s, smile. Call the office, or book an appointment using the online tool to learn more.

Mouth Guards Q & A

Who needs a mouthguard?

Mouthguards can be used by adults and children to protect their teeth and oral health during sports play. If you or your child plays any of the following, consider a mouthguard:

  • Basketball
  • Martial arts
  • Soccer
  • Ice hockey
  • Football
  • Boxing
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Rugby

Recreational activities, such as skateboarding and mountain biking, and non-contact sports, such as diving and gymnastics, may also require a mouthguard to protect your smile.

Do I need a customized mouthguard?

You can buy a stock mouthguard off the shelf, but these are often ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Plus, they may not protect you adequately since they aren’t customized to the shape of your mouth.

Dr. Kim customizes mouthguards for optimal fit and protection. This investment can save you the pain and cost of serious dental work due to a collision or fall.

What are the types of mouthguards offered?

For athletic patients, Dr. Kim recommends a sports guard. This device fits over your teeth while you play sports, practice, or participate in a risky activity to protect your smile from injury. Usually, a mouthguard only fits over your upper teeth, but if you have a specific issue – such as braces – you may be fit for your lower teeth as well.

How is a mouthguard customized?

To create a mouthguard, Dr. Kim makes an impression of your teeth and then creates the mouthguard out of a specialized plastic to match this impression. This customization helps prevent your teeth from unwanted chips and cracks or from being knocked out altogether. Plus, a sports guard can protect your soft tissue, such as the gums, lips, tongue, and cheeks from injury too.

How do I care for a mouthguard?

A mouthguard is easy to care for. You rinse your mouthguard with cold water or a specialized rinse before and after each use. You can clean it in cool, soapy water regularly or even brush it with a soft toothbrush. Store your mouthguard in a perforated container to protect it. You also want air circulation around it to deter bacterial growth.

Call the office, or book an appointment online to get your customized mouthguard.