Protect your smile with a custom fit mouthguard
Mouthguards are a good way to protect your teeth, jaw, and head when playing physical sports. Custom-made mouthguards typically offer the best protection, because they are moulded to precisely fit your mouth.
Dental-related injuries are some of the most common experienced by athletes, according to the Australian Society of Orthodontists. They also claim that just a third of children aged 5-17 wear mouthguards while playing sports1.
Mouthguards are commonly used to protect the teeth from damage during physical activity. Here’s more about whether or not you should wear one, how it can help and how you can get the right one for you.
Get a custom fit Mouthguard at Freedom Dental
If you, or your children play sports, we recommend one of our custom made mouth protectors, known as a Mouthguard. These are professionally fitted mouth guards that are designed to protect not just the inside of your mouth, but your lips, jaw and most importantly your lower skull. The mouth guards are designed to cushion any blows or falls that collide with your mouth by evenly distributing the impact. Your teeth are extremely important, so any sports or athletic activities that you participate in may increase the risk to damaging your gum tissues and your teeth. Freedom Dental’s standard double laminate mouthguards are a custom fitted appliance to protect the mouth and ensure safety and durability for the wearer. They are suitable for use in sporting activities that are low to medium impact (domestic competition AFL, rugby).
Should you wear a mouthguard?
If you play any kind of physical sport that may involve injuries you should consider wearing a mouthguard. It acts like a helmet for your teeth, and also works to protect your jaw by absorbing the shock of any physical impacts. In addition, the mouthguard can also offer support to the head and brain in case you get hit in the jaw even if you’re wearing a helmet, which is why you usually see boxers wearing mouthguards.
Many teenagers play sports and also wear braces for orthodontic treatment. It is still entirely possible to wear a mouthguard over the braces and is actually very important to protect both your teeth and the braces themselves.
A custom-fitted sports mouthguard can be considered an investment against dental injuries. If you were to sustain a significant injury, the costs of any dental treatment required would far outweigh the cost of a professional mouthguard. Prevention is far better than cure.
What kinds of mouthguards are there?
<strong>There are three types of mouthguards you can wear to protect your teeth.
The simplest form is the type of mouthguard you can find at a supermarket or from a chemist. They are pre-formed and ready to wear as soon as you take them out of the packet. While this option is affordable, convenient and quick, they often don’t fit well at all and can make it difficult to talk and breathe and may not actually protect your teeth as required.
A slightly better type of mouthguard is known as the ‘boil-and-bite’. In this case, you purchase it from a store and while it already has a shape, you can boil it to soften the material, then bite it to form a mold of your own teeth and mouth. They are a better alternative to the basic pre-formed guard type, although will not always work perfectly for everyone.
The best type of mouthguard is one that’s created as a custom fit for your mouth. As they are built with a mould from your teeth, they are the best fitting and therefore offer the best protection. They do cost more than what you would buy in a store, but they are the preferred option for sporting enthusiasts who want the best for their teeth. Custom-made mouthguards are available at Freedom Dental.
1Australian Society of Orthodontists. The importance of a mouthguard when playing sport [Online] 2017. Available from: www.aso.org.au/importance-mouthguard-when-playing-sport-0
Let Freedom Dental protect your smile
We believe it is of the utmost importance to protect your smile and take care of your teeth. If you play sport and are looking for a custom fit mouthguard to do just that, contact our team to schedule an appointment today.