Protecting Your Teeth
One of our goals at Katie Ostler DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is to provide the most conservative and least invasive treatment possible to preserve your natural teeth. Oral appliances offer simple, non-invasive care for a variety of conditions. Regardless of the application, every appliance we prescribe is custom-crafted for you with excellent fit and function.
Appliances designed on models of your teeth can be used to fit on either upper or lower teeth, or on both at the same time. Whether we’re treating night-time sleep grinding, diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, bite problems or jaw joint disorders, appliance therapy may aid our treatment. Dr. Ostler employs a variety of innovative designs depending on treatment goals and your preferences.
Teeth are the hardest substance in our bodies and can withstand a tremendous amount of force. But damage can occur to this highly mineralized surface, especially when grinding forces start to wear it away. A habit of nighttime clenching or grinding will harm teeth, muscles, and jaw joints over time. Protecting against abrasive forces is critical in these cases.
You may have noticed your favorite professional athletes wearing
mouthguards ( or taking them out!) during their games. Sports mouthguards are used to protect your teeth from accidents while playing sports. If you are considering a mouthguard for sports, consult with Dr. Ostler before purchasing a less effective one from a sports retailer or drugstore. You or your athletic son or daughter will be more likely to wear a custom mouthguard that fits well, like the one below that Dr. Ostler made for her son which will increase the likelihood. You can even choose your own colors!