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Sports Guards in Long Valley

Sports guards don’t just protect your teeth. They also protect braces and fixed dental appliances (like bridges and dental implants) and protect the inside of your cheeks and lips from your braces in the event of an accident.
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All about sports guards

Sports guards don’t just protect your teeth. They also protect braces and fixed dental appliances (like bridges and dental implants) and protect the inside of your cheeks and lips from your braces in the event of an accident. A sports guard is a wise investment for anyone participating in activities and sports which involve falls, body contact or flying equipment. Any sports guard is better than no sports guard, but nothing beats a guard made by your dental team and personalized for your mouth and teeth.

So what are your options?

Stock Sports Guards

These come pre-formed and ready to wear and are available where sporting goods are sold. They often don’t fit very well, can feel bulky in your mouth and make breathing or talking difficult. Athletes often find themselves distracted by this appliance, and take it out or play with it while the game is on.

Boil & Bite Sports Guards

These come in a kit with instructions. You boil the blank guard in water and then bite into the plastic to form the guard to your teeth. These are also available where sporting goods are sold and offer a better fit than stock guards, but this method isn’t for everyone. If your boil & bite guard is uncomfortable, bulky or makes it difficult to breathe or talk, consider a custom guard.

Custom-Made Mouth Guards

Are you surprised this is our favorite? Well with good reason! There is no substitute for an individualized, custom-made mouthguard. A sports guard made by us will offer the best protection and be the most comfortable. And in the unlikely event that it’s not comfortable? We are right here to make the adjustments and you can hold us accountable.

The cost of a custom sports guard in Long Valley

The out-of-pocket cost for a custom sports guard can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan, a mouth guard usually averages out to about $100 to $300+. Without insurance, a custom mouth guard costs between $150 to $350 and up.

    So why does the cost of a custom mouthguard vary? There are two major factors:
  • The type of material your guard is made of.
  • Consideration for ongoing orthodontic treatment.
    • Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Though mouthguards and nightguards are both snuggly fitted to your teeth, they’re designed to perform different functions for your teeth and jaw. Sports guards are focused on protecting your mouth from impact, and night guards are focused on your bite and the position of your teeth and jaw.
These are all different names for the same thing: a device worn over your teeth that protects them from injury or reduces the severity of an injury.
Ideally, guards should be replaced after each sports season. Mouth guards can wear down over time, especially if the wearer has a habit of chewing or abusing their appliance. Teeth can also shift in adolescents which means their guard won’t quite fit as well. Many athletes who play several sports get a new sports guard made when they go for their routine 6-month checkup.
A custom-fit sports guard should feel comfortable in your mouth. It should be easy to breathe and talk. If you find yourself fidgeting with it or taking it out of your mouth during the big game, it might not be fitting right.
Any sport or activity where you might fall, come into contact with other players, or get hit by a ball or other equipment. Consider a sports guard if you or your child play football, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, field hockey, water polo, cricket, ringette, curling, skateboarding, gymnastics, mountain biking, wrestling, boxing or any other contact or high-risk sport.
You are extra encouraged to wear a sports guard! Not only does it protect your teeth, but it also protects your braces and the inside of your lips and cheeks from your braces should you be struck in the face.

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Cazes Family Dentistry is the most wonderful place for your teeth!! :-) I have some anxiety surrounding dental work, and they are just so wonderful. Courtney is the best dental hygienist- she is kind and calm; she will slow down if anything becomes too much, and she is so understanding and patient. She’s also really nice to chat to beforehand. Dr. Emma- what can I say about my favorite dentist? Dr. Emma got me over my initial fear when I brought my then 5 year old to her. She was so good with my daughter that when I found out she took adults I felt comfortable confessing that it had been YEARS since I had gone to the dentist. We worked through my anxiety and her positive attitude, kindness, and compassion has kept me coming back consistently over the last two years. I hope you consider Cazes for all your dental needs!
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I had a very pleasant experience. There was a little bit of anxiety when I was heading in, however, all of it flew out the window. They were very helpful on how and what has to done, explaining the procedures, giving advice on whats the best approach to the matter. It was a perfect experience.
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The people at Cazes are all wonderful and make you feel completely at ease. The hygienist was very efficient and sweet. Dr Janice was terrific and both seemed to generally care.
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This Dental office is absolutely the very best! I'm a person whom is afraid all the time and Cazes has been beyond phenomenal ✨️ with myself and my husband. We are extremely grateful and highly reccomend them.
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Cazes Family Dentistry is the most wonderful place for your teeth!! :-) I have some anxiety surrounding dental work, and they are just so wonderful. Courtney is the best dental hygienist- she is kind and calm; she will slow down if anything becomes too much, and she is so understanding and patient. She’s also really nice to chat to beforehand. Dr. Emma- what can I say about my favorite dentist? Dr. Emma got me over my initial fear when I brought my then 5 year old to her. She was so good with my daughter that when I found out she took adults I felt comfortable confessing that it had been YEARS since I had gone to the dentist. We worked through my anxiety and her positive attitude, kindness, and compassion has kept me coming back consistently over the last two years. I hope you consider Cazes for all your dental needs!
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XYZ
1 month ago
Both Dr. Cazes are wonderful! My husband and I have been patients there for about a year. The office staff is friendly, accommodating and professional. Dr. Cazes is caring and very sensitive to her patients’ needs. I highly recommend seeing either one of the Dr. Cazes.
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Hasan dagdelen
2 months ago
I had a very pleasant experience. There was a little bit of anxiety when I was heading in, however, all of it flew out the window. They were very helpful on how and what has to done, explaining the procedures, giving advice on whats the best approach to the matter. It was a perfect experience.
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Debi Quinn
1 month ago
The people at Cazes are all wonderful and make you feel completely at ease. The hygienist was very efficient and sweet. Dr Janice was terrific and both seemed to generally care.
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Denise
1 month ago
This Dental office is absolutely the very best! I'm a person whom is afraid all the time and Cazes has been beyond phenomenal ✨️ with myself and my husband. We are extremely grateful and highly reccomend them.
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