The Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards

5 May, 2020

The Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards

Did you know that sporting injuries are one of the most common types of dental injury?

Thousands of people every year, including children, are treated for dental injuries but according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), only 36% of children aged 5-17 years wear a mouth guard when playing sports.

The ADA strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard for real protection when playing any sport where there is a risk of direct contact to your face, such as rugby league or union, AFL, soccer, hockey, boxing, basketball etc.  

When playing contact sports using a good mouthguard is as important as wearing shoes that fit. The best mouthguard is the one you feel comfortable wearing all the time. Made to fit the exact size and shape of your mouth, a custom mouthguard from Alkimos Beach Dental offers the greatest comfort and the best protection against injury so you can play on!

5 reasons to get a custom-fitted sport mouthguard from your dentist:

  • Professionally fitted mouthguards both absorb and distribute the force of an impact, giving you maximum protection by cushioning teeth, jaws and surrounding soft tissue.
  • Designed to perfectly fit your individual teeth, custom-fitted mouthguards reduce the chance of teeth being knocked out.
  • Reduce soft tissue injury – as the teeth are covered by the mouthguard there is less chance of teeth going through lips, biting tongues or inner cheeks.
  • Custom mouthguards stay in place and fit snugly around your teeth, allow athletes to breathe easy and keep playing.
  • Using a mouthguard made from high-quality materials reduces the chance of bone fractures and concussion.

How custom-fitted mouthguards are made:

A qualified dentist takes an impression and creates a plaster model of your teeth. This allows your dentist to accurately assess your mouth and to provide the best fitting mouthguard made uniquely for you.

A well-made custom-fitted mouthguard will:

  • Be comfortable to wear
  • Stay firmly in place
  • Allow normal breathing, speaking, and swallowing
  • Be durable and easy to clean

How long will your mouthguard last?

It’s important for you to have your mouthguard assessed by your dentist at your regular dental check-up to ensure it still fits correctly and is providing maximum protection.

If your secondary adult teeth have come through or if your mouthguard has been damaged, you may need a replacement.

How to take care of your custom-fitted mouthguard:

  • Rinse in cold water after use.
  • Store in a rigid plastic container.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight- mouthguards will change shape in high temperatures.
  • Have the dentist assess your mouthguard at your regular check-up.
  • Replace your mouthguard if it gets damaged.

 Why you should avoid over the counter / boil-and-bite mouthguards:

Compared to custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist, the mass-produced kinds from pharmacies and sports stores are far less effective. Pre-formed mouthguards are one-size-fits-all. So, they are bulky, make talking difficult, and provide little or no protection. Even boil-and-bite style mouthguards are not fitted perfectly to your mouth and teeth, which means they won’t provide the best protection possible. For example, athletes who use generic mouthguards are twice as likely to suffer a concussion than those who wear custom-made mouthguards.

We understand that cost is a big factor for people when it comes to dental solutions. However, the potential cost of injuries and the associated dental or medical care make investing in the best quality mouthguard worth every cent.