Custom Mouthguards in Sydney
Thousands of people of all ages experience facial and dental injuries each year. Injuries to the face can harm the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. Randwick Dental Clinic provides custom fitted sports mouthguards to help you protect your teeth when you play and keep them where they belong – in your mouth! Don’t find yourself paying expensive fees for dental implants to replace missing teeth when you can take precautions now.
A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of gear for any athlete or thrill seeker who means to protect their teeth and smile. You may have seen them used in sports such as football, boxing and basketball, but mouthguards can protect your teeth even in non-contact sports, like gymnastics.
If you play a sport in Sydney and wish to protect your smile and oral health, come to Randwick Dental Clinic today to be fitted with a custom mouthguard.
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a protective device that covers the teeth and gums in order to prevent and reduce injury to teeth, arches, lips and gums. They are most often used in contact sports, but some patients use mouth protectors as a treatment for bruxism or TMD
Many experts recommend that a sports guard be worn for any recreational activity that poses a risk of injury to the mouth. Mouth guards provide protection against facial sporting injuries and play an important role as they contribute significantly to safety in sports.
Surveys show that the most eager, most dedicated custom sports guard wearers are people who have already had sporting accidents. Obviously, they have learned from their mistakes!
Why Should I Get a Custom Mouthguard?
Here are some important facts about custom mouthguards that may encourage you to think twice before playing without one:
- Statistics indicate that custom mouthguards prevent most potential oral/dental injuries
- Custom sports guards have been proven to offer as much as 100 percent more protection than off-the-shelf guards
- Custom mouthguards can be produced for children as young as 7 years of age
- They can also be worn over dentures
- They are for every sports enthusiast, regardless of activity
- While the expense of a custom mouth guard may be a concern, costs are relative to quality
- Tooth replacement and maintenance commonly costs much more than the cost of custom-fitted mouthguard for dental and oral protection
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What Does a Mouth Guard Do?
This protective device basically acts as a shock absorber for the teeth and jaw. The capacity of a mouth guard to lessen impact injury depends on the interaction between the mouth guard material and its design. In general, mouth guards serve to both ‘absorb’ the impact and spread it over a larger surface area to reduce tooth injuries or jaw fractures. For a mouth guard to properly protect your teeth it must be custom-made and fitted.
A mouth guard should be comfortable to wear, have good retention and fit, and cause minimal interference with speech and breathing.
Should I Get a Commercial or Custom-Made Sports Guard?
Increasingly, organised sports are requiring mouth guards to prevent injury to their athletes. Research shows that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.
National and state sporting organisations strongly recommend wearing properly fitted mouth guards. The NSW Department of Health, Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) and Dental Health Foundation Australia recommend wearing custom-made mouth guards for participants involved in training and competition games.
While you can purchase cheap mouthguards at your local chemist, we recommend choosing a custom-made one as this will provide a better fit, more comfort and therefore, superior protection.
Mouth guards hold top priority as sports equipment. A properly fitted, custom-made sports guard will protect the athlete from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head. The mouthguard protects not just the teeth, but the lips, cheeks, and tongue. A custom-fitted mouth guard provides the exact fit and is more tear resistant. If offers superior shock absorption and protection of the gums, it stays in place comfortably and it allows for normal breathing and speech.
What Will the Dentist Do before Fitting the Mouth Guard?
Our dentist will consider a number of factors when fitting a patient for a mouth guard. Size of mouth, bite, type of sport played and whether or not the patient wears braces or other appliances are all important considerations. Each patient’s very specific needs must be addressed for maximum comfort and protection.
Parents need to remember that using a mouth guard will significantly reduce a child’s risk of mouth trauma. Even in non-contact sports, such as gymnastics, sports guards help protect children from injury.
What is the Cost of a Mouth Guard?
Custom mouthguards are made by a dental professional. This can cost between $150 and $300 depending on the guard.
While mouth guards are not mandatory equipment in all sports, their worth is indisputable. Mouthguards cushion blows to the face and neck. A mouth guard should be part of every athlete’s gear, no matter the sport. Even adults or weekend athletes need to protect their smile and preserve their health.
How Should You Look after Your Mouth Guard?
Rinse your gear under cold water after each use and air-dry. It needs to be cleaned with mild soap and water or mouthwash and allowed to air dry after each use. Store your mouth guard in a plastic container when not in use to avoid damage due to excessive heat and cold.
Wear the piece properly. Do not cut or alter it and do not chew on it. Check it regularly and let your dentist know if it shows any signs of wear, or has any tears or cracks that may weaken it. If the bite has changed and the mouth guard no longer fits well, it can sometimes be adjusted by the dentist.
When you regularly clean your mouth guard, you avoid making your mouth vulnerable to infections.
Is There Anything Else to Remember about Mouth Guards?
- Wear a mouth guard at all times when playing sports
- Inform yourself about the most common oral injuries
- Wear a mouth guard custom-fitted by your dentist, especially if you wear fixed dental appliances such as braces or bridgework
- Do not wear removable appliances (retainers, bridge, or complete or partial dentures) when playing sports
- Custom mouth guards are for every sports enthusiast, regardless of activity