Many sports involve contact of some sort which ultimately increases the risk of exposure to serious dental injuries. Dental injuries that occur through sporting are often difficult to treat and can involve a lifetime of expense.
Every year thousands of people are treated for dental injuries that could have been avoided by wearing a protective, custom-fitted mouthguard.
How will a custom-fitted mouthguard protect you?
Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguards helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to the face, which may otherwise result in an injury to either the mouth or jaw.
Mouthguards can protect you from serious sporting injuries such as:
- Broken jaws
- Fractured teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Cuts to the lips or tongue
You don’t have to be playing high contact sports such as AFL, hockey, boxing or rugby league to sustain a serious dental injury. Even sports that are classed as non-contact, such as cricket, netball, soccer, skateboarding and so forth, carry high risks of accidental collision which can result in dental traumas.
How does a custom mouthguard work?
A custom-fitted mouthguard is fabricated based on an impression of your teeth and jaw which is taken by the dentist.
The mouthguard is specifically designed to fit the exact contours of your mouth, it is resilient, balances your bite and allows normal speech and breathing. With proper use and maintenance of the custom-fitted mouthguard it should last several seasons.
It is important to note that, self-fitted, over-the-counter-mouthguards, which include what are commonly known as boil-and-bite mouthguards, are not recommended for use. They do not adequately protect the teeth, are loosely fitted, impede on normal breathing and speaking and can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact which could be life threatening.
What is it like to wear a custom-fitted mouthguard?
Custom-fitted mouthguards, by virtue of their exact fit, let you talk normally, don’t restrict your breathing and stay firmly in place, allowing you to concentrate on playing the sport you love. You should consider it a mandatory part of your sporting equipment, no matter your age or experience.
To keep your mouthguard in tip-top working order, you’ll need to keep it out of the sun, wash it in cold water after use, keep on the supplied plastic model cast and get your dentist to make sure it’s still OK when you go in for your regular check-ups.
Only dental professionals can design and manufacture a custom-fitted mouthguard that provide adequate protection.