What is a mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
Can I design my own colours?
Yes. We are able to create a variety of colours and designs to your individual taste. You can have a mixture of colours and you may also be able to put your name on it. Many people now have coloured mouthguards made in their favourite team’s colours or to match their own sports strip.
When would I need a mouthguard?
Whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects it is important to wear a mouthguard. Some examples are rugby, boxing, martial arts, American football – which can cause broken or dislocated jaws; and cricket, hockey, football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth. A mouthguard will help protect against these events.
Where can I get one made?
Your dentist will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard which will fit your 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 the concussion and damage caused by a heavy blow.
How long does a mouthguard last?
This depends on your age and amount of wear. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. So the mouthguard may become too tight or loose and will need to be re-made to fit the new shape of your mouth. Your dentist will best be able to advise you on this.
Adults may not need to have their mouthguards replaced quite so often. The more you wear them, the more wear and tear they undergo. It is recommended that you take your mouthguard to the dentist when you have a checkup so it can be checked.
What about home kits?
Mouthguards are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the mouthguard fit your own teeth. An accurate registration will be taken of how your jaws bite together to ensure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth.
There are home kits available which are cheaper and involves 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 and even cause choking. Also the material is at its thinnest where it is needed the most.
The dentist advises against these types of mouthguards.