Mouthguards (Mouth Pieces) is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. A mouthguard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports such as Rugby, Foodball and Martial Arts. Mouthguards can be customised such as adding team logo, name, etc
What are Sporting Mouthguards?
Sports Mouthguards are designed to protect teeth from excessive wear or damage. Mouthguards are often used by athletes during sporting events including Rugby, Football, Martial Arts, but may also be needed to help protect people with braces or dental bridges. Mouthguards typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. There are three basic types of mouthguards available:
- Custom-fitted: A custom-fitted mouthguard is considered the best option because they are made to fit your mouth perfectly. Custom-fitted mouthguards are made by your dentist by taking an impression of your teeth. They tend to be more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit. You may have jaw problem due to incorrect bite.
- Stock or Pre-Made: These are inexpensive and can be worn immediately. They are usually made of foam material. Typically, stock mouthguards do not usually fit very well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult, which can be especially difficult to deal with if the mouthguard is for organized sports.
- Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. However, boil and bite mouthguards often still do not fit as well as a custom made mouthguard, and may still feel bulky, or may not fit well if you have braces. They are based on an “average” head and mouth size, and not everyone is average!
How is a custom mouthguard made?
A custom mouthguard is made at our onsite dental Laboratory. First, an impression is taken of your teeth. The impression is then poured up with stone in the lab which will create the mouthguard. In some cases, you may be able to choose the color of your mouthguard, or even select a clear mouthguard.
A week or two later, your mouthguard will be ready for a try-in. Your dentist or orthodontist will watch you try the mouthguard, and may adjust or trim it to make sure that it fits smoothly and securely in your mouth. Your mouthguard will typically come with a case to protect it when you are not using it.
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Mouthguards
Insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a custom-fitted mouthguard. The cost of a mouthguard may vary. We can review the best type of mouthguard for you.
Where can I get a custom fitted mouthguard?
We Denture Square Brisbane offer custom-fitted sporting mouthguards as a part of our comprehensive denture services. If you have braces or other orthodontic treatment and regularly participate in athletics or contact sports, we strongly recommend having a customised mouthguard made, as your teeth and mouth are more vulnerable to injury when you have braces.