If you or your children participate in sports, make sure that you are informed about the most common injuries that can occur during play and take appropriate steps to be protected. Always wear a properly fitted mouthguard when you play. Do not wear removable appliances (such as retainers, bridges, or complete or partial dentures) when playing sports.
Wearing a mouthguard makes good sense
Staying in shape and in peak form is an integral part of an overall strategy for all sports. Protecting against injuries will keep you in the game and help you to keep your competitive edge. Protect both your general and oral health for your best performance on and off the field.
What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover that fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage due to impacts.
Where can I get a mouthguard made?
Our skilled and gentle dentists will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard for you or your child. The mouthguard will fit your mouth (or your child’s mouth) exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom-made mouthguards can prevent damage to the jaw, neck and even the brain – helping to prevent concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.
When would I need a custom-fitted mouthguard?
It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play a sport that involves physical contact or moving objects.
Sports that cause broken and damaged teeth include:
Sports that cause broken or dislocated jaws include:
A mouthguard will help protect against both these events.
How long do customised mouthguards last?
Depending on your age, your mouthguard may need fairly regular replacement. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. This means the mouthguard may become too tight or too loose, and a new mouthguard will need to be made to fit the shape of your mouth.
Adults may not need to have their mouthguards replaced quite so often. But they’re like any other form of sports equipment and will degrade over time due to wear and tear. We recommend that you take your mouthguard along to the dentist when you go for your regular check-up – our dental team will check it at this time.
What about home mouthguard kits?
Mouthguards are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the mouthguard fit your own teeth. The dentist will register the way your jaws bite together to make sure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth.
There are cheaper kits available. They involve heating the product in hot water and then putting it in your mouth until it sets. Unfortunately, these mouthguards can fit badly and be uncomfortable to wear. They can fall out or even cause choking. Also, the material is at its thinnest where it is needed most.
Can I get coloured mouthguards?
There are many types of mouthguards, including striped, multi-coloured and clear. Many people now have coloured mouthguards made in their favourite sport team’s colours or to match their own sports strip. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether they can provide coloured mouthguard.
How much will a mouthguard cost?
Prices vary depending on the type of mouthguard that suits your sport or personal preferences. Ask us about a custom mouthguard, and we will always give estimates before starting treatment.
When you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of missing teeth, the cost of a mouthguard fitted by a dentist is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
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