I want to let you know about some exciting changes happening at Willow Creek Dental. As you may have noticed, we have grown a lot in the past year and have added many new faces to our office. In order to keep providing the exceptional patient care that you deserve, I have decided to add another dentist to my practice. Starting April 1st, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Braasch will be joining our office! Dr. Braasch recently sold his practice in Omaha, Nebraska and he is looking forward to being in Colorado and part of Willow Creek Dental.
Dr. Braasch is a fellow graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry and has received extensive training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He practices both general and cosmetic dentistry and his addition will allow us to expand our hours to better meet your needs.
After starting my practice over 14 years ago, I feel incredibly lucky to have developed such a loyal base of patients and I appreciate being part of your lives. I am excited to be working with Dr. Braasch and am confident we will still have the small office feel that you have come to know. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly at 303-779-2797 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mary Kissinger-Blakeley
When shopping for an athletic mouth guard, buying a stock or a boil-and-bite guard to save money at the counter might seem tempting. Custom made mouth guards cost more and require a dental visit, making it more work for you. While those beliefs might seem to be true initially, they might not seem as valid when a cheap mouth guard doesn’t protect you or your child’s teeth. Custom mouth guards can save money in the long-term by preventing dental injuries, therefore improving your quality of life over the long-term.
Stock mouth guards are the cheapest and least protective guards on the market. They come in generic sizes and can only be resized by cutting off edges. Stock guards will fall out if an athlete's jaws are not clenched at all times, making them highly inefficient and ineffective.
Boil-and-bite mouth guards are not much better. An athlete soaks the plastic guard in hot water for a few seconds and then places the warm guard in his or her mouth, sucking out all the air around the guard. The result is a molded piece of plastic that supposedly fits the athlete's mouth and protects the teeth during play of contact sports. However, boil-and-bite mouth guards wear out quickly, are often loose and ill-fitting, and often fail to cover all teeth.
When an athlete wears a custom-fit mouth guard, he or she reduces the risk of serious dental injury. Custom-fit guards are made by a dental professional to fit the teeth of an individual athlete rather than a generic mouth size. They fit well, cover all teeth, and are more comfortable than their cheaper counterparts. These guards also wear better, meaning that they should last a long time. A dentist will also take into account an athlete's dental history when making the guard so that all braces, crowns, and other such dental work will be factored in during the formation of the mouth piece.
Sports are supposed to be fun, but fewer things are less fun than a painful dental injury that can cost an athlete and his or her family thousands of dollars to remedy. Such an injury would feel all the more painful because the wounded athlete would know that the damage might have been prevented by the use of a custom made mouth guard. Dental injuries can have long-lasting effects on both an athlete's teeth and bank account, making custom fit mouth guards important.