“Million dollar” smiles secured
Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics helps football players
By Erik Olson | Staff Writer
September 27, 2013
As a result of a generous donation by a local orthodontic organization, DPHS football players are wearing custom fabricated mouth guards to keep them safe.
According to a company press release, Dr. Raymond Kubisch and Dr. Andrew Ferris are “mouth” guarding Santa Barbara and Goleta’s football and basketball teams’ smiles. Their company, Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics, whose slogan is “EmBRACE Excellence,” donated over 450 free custom fitted mouth guards to high school, college and organized youth team athletes in our community to help protect them during practice and competition.
With the mouth guards typically costing $700 each, Kubisch and Ferris donated approximately $56,000 dollars worth of mouth pieces to DPHS alone.
Members of the team are grateful for the benefits of these high-tech mouthpieces. Junior defensive end, Tyler Fletcher, in particular, is excited that his “million dollar smile” is safer in a Kubisch and Ferris made mouthpiece than the standard football mouthguard. “It was great that the team got the opportunity to get these mouth pieces for free. Shout out to Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics.”
“More than five million teeth are knocked-out each year due to sports injuries and trauma,” explained Dr. Andrew Ferris. ”Our goal is to offer these young athletes a custom fitted mouth guard to protect them from dental trauma and related head injuries.”
According to the National Youth Sports Foundation, an athlete is 60-times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard or an improperly fitted one.
“It’s very generous of them, it’s a great thing for our kids and their safety… and the players love them,” said Coach Nate Mendoza. “Hopefully we can continue the relationship with [Kubisch and Ferris Orthodontics] in the future.”
Parents who have paid for braces would surely agree.