About Occlusal Therapy
Specially designed mouth wear at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI uses a patented wedge that realigns the jaw to correct the natural inclination to clench the teeth. The clenching puts pressure on the temporomandibular joint, which then triggers the release of hormones, primarily cortisol. The hormones counteract the fight or flight response and decrease performance. The custom-made mouthpiece moves the jaw into an ideal position for opening airways and removing pressure against the temporomandibular joint, reducing the release of these hormones. Board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho uses custom mouth wear for occlusal (bite) therapy that helps patients protect their teeth and treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Athletic Mouth Guard
Under Armour, Armourbite Performance Mouth wear for Athletes are not your average mouth guards. During a high impact sport, most athletes wear a standard mouth guard that protect teeth from being knocked out, chipped or fractured, and creates a barrier to prevent lacerations of the soft mouth tissue and help to absorb the shock. The Under Armour performance mouth wear does all this for those who play high impact sports, and much more. Custom-built and scientifically proven, UA Performance Mouth wear can make all athletes stronger, faster and better. Under Armour uses patented technology to create not only performance mouth guards for high impact sports but also performance mouthpieces for non-impact sports. Several studies have shown using UA performance mouth wear creates:
- Better Endurance
- Quicker Reaction Times
- Decreased Levels of Lactic Acid (25% less in 30 minutes)
- Significantly More Strength (20%+)
- Reduced Athletic Stress
- Reduced Impact
Night Guards for TMD
TMD is short for Temporomandibular Disorder. This problem is sometimes incorrectly called TMJ, referring to the temporomandibular joint. TMD is an inflammation of this joint which connects the skull to the mandible, or lower jaw. There are many probable causes of TMD, but one of the most common causes is clenching or grinding your teeth. Stress can cause tightening of the jaw and facial muscles; often it happens when you are sleeping and are not even aware of it. TMD can be uncomfortable and even painful, but it isn’t a condition patients have to live with. One of the treatments for TMD is a plastic mouthpiece that is usually worn at night to prevent grinding or clenching teeth while sleeping. The night guard is a small, clear, acrylic mouthpiece customized to fit the patient's bite. The guard is most effective when worn at night or whenever the feeling of tension or stress is felt in the jaw. Some of the possible symptoms of TMD are:
- A locked or "stuck" jaw in either open or closed position
- Soreness or pain in the jaw, facial muscles and sometimes ear, especially when chewing, yawning or speaking
- A clicking or popping sound in the jawbone
- An uncomfortable bite or teeth not fitting together properly
- Ability to open mouth only a small amount
- Headaches and neck aches
- Earaches or difficulty hearing
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"I’m always impressed with your kindness, and understanding when it comes to my anxiety with dentists. Thanks for making me fee comfortable while you make my teeth look amazingly better, and the call back the following day to check in on me. Wish I had you in my younger years and maybe I wouldn’t have the anxiety I get when visiting the dentist. I do have to say I’m getting much better each time I go now. Thanks Again, Becky A."- B.A. / Facebook / Apr 25, 2019
"My parents took me here as a kid and I can't remember really ever having a complaint as a kid. After nearly a decade's lapse in dental work with no more parents' insurance and just all in all being anxious at the dentist and unable to ever calm my twitching muscles and nerves, I had some tooth pain and decay that was out of control and went with the cheapest option I could find on google's "Dentist's near me." I got what I paid for: A rushed job, treated like just another num...ber, stuck in the waiting room for an hour multiple times... I went back to Dr. Yancho after almost another year of hesitancy after that. What a world of difference. First off, for those just looking for this: When it's advertised as, "Pain free" this practice means it. I just had a total of 6 fillings done in the course of a month and didn't feel a bit of pain the entire time. The work is so well done that after the numbness wears off, even the soreness and potential pain you're expecting is minimal to absolutely nothing. And speaking of the work, it's so well done I can't tell where the fillings even are. My fiance commented immediately, "Oh, they look SO much better!" I'm thrilled with the outcome of finally getting in and getting this done. Outside of the chair, the hygienist team and front office and desk staff are all absolutely some of the nicest and friendliest people you'll interact with! They know what they're doing, keep everything moving fluidly, and make sure you know what's going on and are as comfortable as can be. They work with multiple insurances and hugely helpful to those without insurance: they accept Care Credit. If I'm getting dentistry work done for the foreseeable future, it's definitely going to be at Dr. Yancho's office. I highly recommend you do as well if you're on the search."- J.R. / Facebook / Feb 28, 2019
"Retiring to Traverse City from downstate required finding a new dentist. Dr. Yancho has been just the BEST! I would highly recommend him and his staff to anyone seeking a caring, pain free dental experience. I have had my share of dental work over many years and I can honestly say my experiences here have been the best ever. My three grandchildren go here as well and never complain about going to see Dr. Yancho."- C.L. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his crew are absolutely fabulous! They are kind, thorough with exams, patient and compassionate. My entire family goes to Dr. Yancho and I would never dream of going somewhere else. I recommend this practice to everyone that I know. I have never met a dentist that is as concerned about our comfort during procedures as Dr. Yancho is. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for many of us... but it's not an issue here."- J.K. / Facebook / Dec 15, 2018
What to Expect
Traverse City dentist Dr. Yancho is one of the few in the area to offer Under Armour's cutting-edge athletic mouth guards. Since the mouthpiece is created specifically for each patient, a quick dental visit is needed to have a mold created of the mouth. This information is then sent to Under Armour or a dental laboratory where the personalized mouthpiece is created to keep the jaw in optimal alignment for performance, protection, or pain relief.
Every patient will be given instructions on the best way to wear their mouthpiece for ideal results and how to care and clean for their mouthpiece. Patients should bring their mouthpiece to all future dental appointments so the dentist can make adjustments and assess the wear. The dentist will let the patient know when they need a replacement mouthpiece.
Plan Your Procedure
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Protect Your Smile
When you want to learn about the latest developments in occlusal therapy to enhance your athletic performance, protect your teeth, or relieve jaw pain, schedule an appointment at Yancho Cosmetic and Family Dentistry located in Traverse City to have a custom mouth guard made.