Do you play casual or professional sport and need a custom fitted mouthguard?
A custom dental mouthguard works by absorbing the impact of a collision or blow, and is specifically made from an impression of your own teeth and jaw.
Since custom fitted mouthguards fit your teeth exactly, you can talk normally and your breathing isn’t restricted. And they stay firmly in place, letting you focus on playing your favourite sport.
It doesn’t need to be a contact sport either, with surfers and skaters, squash players and even golfers at risk of a damaging impact to their teeth.
A dental fitted mouthguard should be a compulsory part of your sporting kit regardless of your age or experience, whether you’re an amateur or a pro.
A good protective mouthguard must…
Be comfortable yet tight-fitting
Allow normal breathing and swallowing
Allow for normal speech
Not cause gagging
Be odourless and tasteless
Be thick enough (4 mm) to provide protection against impact
There are three basic types of mouthguard and one size does not fit all
Generic stock mouthguards
These are the cheapest mouthguards available and are preformed to loosely fit over the teeth of most people.
While their cheap price might seem appealing for the casual player, these offer the least amount of protection and due to their one-size-fits-all approach, tend to fit poorly and are uncomfortable.
Because each tooth is not seated properly in the guard but rather sits within a channel, an impact can cause damage to multiple teeth.
Boil and bite mouthguards
Usually made of a deformable medical grade plastic or silicon, the mouthguard is softened by soaking it in boiling water for a moment and then placing it in the mouth and biting down on the mouthguard.
The softening procedure helps the mould take on the form of the teeth and mouth.
While these are relatively cheap and should be replaced every season, they are usually not close enough to conform to the person’s bite and can be uncomfortable to wear due to their thicker sidewalls.
Custom fitted mouthguards
Custom dental mouthguards, as the name suggests, are mouthguards made by a dentist or a dental technician to fit a person’s mouth exactly.
Due to their close fit, they provide the best protection, comfort and shock absorption. While these are the most expensive option, an injury to the teeth or jaw will be a lot more expensive.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are recommended by Cambridge City Dental whether you play sport for fun or at any competition level.
Call our dentist in Perth or book an appointment for a custom fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth.
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