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Local orthodontist works with football team for third year



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Dr. Gregory Carlson of Valley Center Smiles takes and impression of Brandon Torres's teeth for a custom fitted mouthpiece. photo by Courtesy photo.
July 23, 2014
Dr. Gregory Carlson, along with the staff of Valley Center Smiles has once again donated custom mouth-guards for the Valley Center Pauma High School varsity football team. This marks the third season the local orthodontist has helped the team by protecting the smiles of the players.

"Coach Gilster contacted me recently and asked if I would be willing to make them again," Carlson said in an email to the Valley Roadrunner. "Of course I was happy to help the team again this year.

Carlson and his team recently set up a mobile clinic outside the athletic training room to fit the players with custom mouth-guards.

"We took impressions on about 40 players," Carlson said. "After models were made of each player's mouth, I went to work in my dental lab making the mouth-guards."

The mouth-guards were delivered to players at the morning practice on July 10.

Carlson said typical mouth-guards are "boil and bite" prefabricated pieces that do not have the precise fit of impression-based custom guards.

"These mouth-guards allow for more comfortable protection of the teeth without excess bulk that interferes with effective talking and breathing," he said. "It is always fun to work with the Football Team. We at Valley Center Smiles wish the best of luck to the Jags this season!"

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