Every year there are thousands of dental injuries as a result of playing sports without a custom-made mouthguard. Quite often these injuries could have been significantly reduced or completely eliminated, saving you time and money in the dental chair. The cost of restoring teeth can mount up over a lifetime and a mouthguard can be an economical way to avoid the pain and distress of dental injuries.
I Do Not Play Contact Sports, So Do I Still Need A Mouthguard?
While contact sports may present the biggest risk of dental injuries, there are plenty of non-contact sports where you can still take a blow to the head. These sports include skiing, horse riding and gymnastics as well as skate boarding and netball. If there is any risk of injury then it is worth protecting your teeth and jaws.
How Long Will It Take For My Mouthguard To Be Fabricated?
We can make your custom-made mouthguard quite quickly without the need for lengthy dental appointments or dental injections. During your initial appointment, we will take a detailed impression of your mouth and this is used to make your new mouthguard in our dental laboratory. Every mouthguard is individually designed and is thickened to provide greater protection in critical areas while still being comfortable to wear. The fit of your mouthguard will be checked at your next visit and then it will be ready for you to wear.
Why Should I Choose A Custom Mouthguard?
We know it is possible to buy over-the-counter mouthguards relatively cheaply but this can create a false economy. These mouthguards tend to be ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear and can often hinder breathing. Even worse, in the event of an accident they offer only minimal protection. Our custom-made mouthguards are strong, comfortable and are taste and odour free so you will feel much more inclined to wear your mouthguard while playing sports. They also come in a large range of colours and designs, so if you like you can customise your mouthguard.
How Should I Care For My New Mouthguard?
Looking after your mouthguard is easy as you will simply need to rinse it thoroughly after each use to keep it clean and fresh. We can provide a perforated container for you to safely store your mouthguard and you will need to keep it away from direct heat as this could cause it to distort. We will check the condition of your mouthguard during your regular appointments, just to ensure it still fits correctly and does not have any rips or tears.
Boil & Bite mouthguards – what’s the difference
Watch one of the greatest living NRL players explain the difference between a custom mouthguard and a boil & bite mouthguard.
What a mouthguard protects and why tailored is always best
There’s a reason you need a mouthguard and that’s to stop or at worst minimise any trauma with your mouth. Here’s a few things that a mouthguard will help with:
Protection of teeth and gums
Protection against chipped or broken teeth
Protection of cheeks
Protection of tongue
Protection of jaw
Protection of implants, crowns or veneers
Protection of braces (if they cannot be removed)
Protection of bridges
Protects jaws reducing the risk of joint injury
Protects against biting and piercing lips
Did you know that one third of all dental trauma or injuries are caused by a sporting related activity. Figures show that 75% of all oral injuries during a sporting activity were due to a mouth guard not being worn.
Mouth guards are essential for sports such as:
Hockey – Ice & field
NRL & AFL
In fact, any contact sport, or where there is a danger of being hit by sporting equipment.
Mouth guards should be replaced every season, the cost of a replacement mouthguard is far less than the average dental bill caused by sports injury or trauma.
Our Gameday mouthguards are perfectly fitted to your teeth and mouth, this helps:
You’ve seen Jonathan’s video above, need we say more?
Stops the guard slipping
Stops the guard falling out
Provides optimal protection of the teeth & gums
Mouthguards you drop into boiling water have huge disadvantages, such as:
They lose their shape very quickly
They slip out of the mouth
They don’t always wrap around each tooth or gums to offer valuable support