SOURCE: Castle Orthodontics

October 29, 2012 22:00 ET

Orthodontists Offer Athletes Free Mouthguards

KILKENNY, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Oct 29, 2012) -  As the 2013 GAA mandate approaches, making it a rule that juvenile Gaelic athletes must wear mouthguards, Castle Orthodontics eases financial stress on families by offering first year secondary school students free mouthguards.

Dr. Halton and Dr. Fitzgerald of Castle Orthodontics have practices in Kilkenny, Carlow and Portlaoise and they believe that the GAA are making the right decision. Statistics released by the Irish Dental Association point out that Ireland has one of the highest numbers of sporting mouth injuries in Europe.

"Making mouthguards compulsory on the field of play is a great development by the GAA, following in the footsteps of their rugby counterparts. I believe it will result in a huge decrease in dental trauma," says Dr. Halton.

In their effort to make this new GAA mouthguard ruling easy on athletes, the orthodontists are offering first year students free mouthguards. To have a mouthguard made, the athlete must come into Castle Orthodontics with a parent, where an impression will be made. A customized mouthguard will then be ready in about a week when the teen will return and the mouthguard checked for fit and comfort.

"It's oral health promotion at its best," Dr. Fitzgerald says. "It's our way of helping to keep local teenagers' teeth safe as they stay fit and active."

Dr. Fitzgerald knows firsthand about sporting injuries as he broke a tooth playing Gaelic Football when he was young. He hopes the use of mouthguards will prevent injuries and avoid the need for dental treatment at such a young age. The orthodontists are aware of the financial strains on families now and are happy to provide the mouthguards for free.

Castle Orthodontics also offers treatments such as clear braces and Invisalign at all three locations.

Meet the Orthodontists:
Dr. Brian Halton has over 15 years of Orthodontic experience. He received his postgraduate orthodontic training at Indiana University before opening his Specialist practice in 1998. He is a member of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, American Association of Orthodontists, and Irish Dental Association.

Dr. Ian Fitzgerald graduated from Trinity College dental school in 2000 and went on for postgraduate orthodontic training at Marquette University, Milwaukee. He is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and is currently President of the South Eastern branch of the Irish Dental Association.

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