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Mouthguards

South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.

Mouthguards

Get a professional mouthguard made right here in South West Rocks and protect your teeth from trauma this sporting season. Mouthguards are protective devices worn over the teeth to prevent damage from impact or excessive force. As dentists we strongly recommend a mouthguard in sports and other physical activities to protect the teeth, jaw, and surrounding structures from injury. True protection is really only achieved by a professional guard.

 

Mouthguards are protective devices designed to prevent injuries to the mouth, teeth, and jaw during physical activities. They come in a variety of styles and can be custom-made or purchased over-the-counter. 

Over-the-counter (OTC) mouthguards are more affordable and readily available but may provide a less precise fit, potentially leading to reduced comfort and protection. Custom-made mouthguards, created by a dental professional, offer a tailored fit specific to your mouth, ensuring optimal comfort, durability, and superior protection against dental injuries. 

Although custom mouthguards come with a higher price tag, the enhanced fit and protection make them a worthwhile investment for individuals seeking the best safeguard for their teeth during sports or other activities.

The process is simple.

  1. Come in for a quick consultation, usually as part of a check up. 
  2. Have a digital scan of your teeth taken quickly and painlessly without the putty impression.
  3. Choose your colour/s – the most important part!
  4. 2 Weeks later we’ll have a perfectly fitting professional mouthguard ready to protect your teeth in your favourite sport

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mouthguards

Mouthguards are recommended for individuals who participate in physical activities that pose a risk of injury to the mouth, teeth, or jaw..

There are three main types of mouthguards: stock mouthguards, boil-and-bite mouthguards, and custom-made mouthguards. Stock mouthguards are pre-formed and come in standard sizes – these are not protective at all and strongly discouraged, while boil-and-bite mouthguards are softened in hot water before being moulded to the individual’s teeth. A boil and bite mouthguard is semi customised but thin weak material providing limited support (which should come from the bone above the teeth which a boil and bite doesn’t often utilise). Custom-made mouthguards are designed to fit the individual’s mouth precisely and give the best protection from serious dental trauma.

Mouthguards should be cleaned regularly with soap and water. They should be stored in a clean, ventilated container when not in use and should be inspected regularly for signs of wear or damage.

Mouthguards should be replaced when they become worn or damaged. In general, custom-made mouthguards can last for several years with proper care, while stock or boil-and-bite options may need to be replaced more frequently. This of course depends on your age – if your mouth is changing they may only fit for 1 season.

Yes, individuals with braces can wear mouthguards, but they may need to have a custom-made mouthguard designed to fit around their braces.

Custom-made mouthguards are designed to fit the individual’s mouth precisely and are often more comfortable to wear than stock or boil-and-bite options. However, some individuals may experience difficulty speaking, breathing, or find them uncomfortable to wear.

Some individuals may experience difficulty speaking or breathing with a mouthguard in place, particularly with larger or bulkier models. It’s important to try out the mouthguard and practice speaking and breathing with it in place to ensure comfort and proper function.

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