When you watch a football game, you’ll often see the players stuffing mouth guards in before a big play. They’re taking an important step in keeping all their teeth intact! Now, while your daily routine may not be as rough-and-tumble as a professional football game, there may still be situations or conditions where a mouthguard is highly recommended.

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Maybe you are active in a sport where it’s likely to be impacted in the mouth. A simple mouthguard could save you from a costlier implant procedure, where you have to fill in the gap where teeth got knocked out. Another common condition is known as bruxism, where people clench and grind their teeth (sometimes while asleep), accelerating tooth wear and tear.

Whatever your case, when it comes to mouth guards, there are several different types available to you:

  • Customized mouthguards – If you’re looking for optimal protection, this is your best option. When you visit Silver Spring Smile Designs, you get a custom mouth guard mold made, individually designed by your dentist to allow for unobstructed breathing and speaking while worn. This may be a bit more than getting a cheap mouth guard from the nearest sports store, but trust us when we say the comfort and protection is worth the investment.

Mouthguards are often made for both the upper and lower teeth. If you experience teeth grinding while asleep, a special mouthguard—known as a bite splint or bite plate—can be provided to prevent tooth damage.

Looking to get a mouth guard made just for you? Contact us to schedule a dental analysis! 

Meet Your Dentists

Dr. Brian Handelman DDS
Dr. Brian Handelman DDS

Dr. Brian M. Handelman believes that making the dental experience as comfortable as possible is a key element in empowering each patient to take an active role in their oral health.- Full Biography
Dr. Christine M. Foster DDS
Dr. Christine M. Foster DDS

Dr. Christine Foster has a passion for dentistry with a goal to provide enjoyable, comfortable and calming dentistry to all of his patients. Dr. Foster is excited to continue the tradition of dental excellence in Silver Spring, MD.- Full Biography

What Sets Us Apart?


Dr. Brian Handelman and Dr. Christine Foster are dedicated to maintaining a long tradition of dental excellence in the Silver Spring, MD area. With their experience, our patients are guaranteed to achieve the optimal dental health!

We Are Family

Our patients are not just patients. They are individuals who we love, know and respect. We take the time to get to know each patient personally because you matter to us! We look forward to watching our community and dental family grow through the years.


We understand that not everyone enjoys visiting the dentist, but one visit to our practice will change your mind! We offer patient comforts, like office pillows and blankets, plus our caring team always works with a gentle touch.

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A few words from our patients:

Dr. Handelman is a consummate professional and Smile Designs has been a wonderful practice for me and my family. The practice and administrators have been excellent over the years, so they are doing something right. I highly recommend the practice.

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