Comparing a custom fitted mouthguard to a DIY (boil and bite) is like comparing the fit and finish of a one size fits all suit to a tailor made suit, they’re generally not strong and durable enough, and the poor inconsistent fit generally does not work to protect your teeth.
This close fit, comfort and cushioning effect, allows custom made mouthguards to provide the best protection for your teeth.
We perform an assessment of your mouth to determine the fit, thickness and coverage required. An impression is then taken of your teeth in our clinic, in order to produce a precise plaster model from which we produce a mouthguard that is uniquely yours.
All mouthguards are made within our own laboratory, materials used are the highest quality and exceed all safety standards. When your mouthguard is ready, we will contact you so you can collect it when suitable. Your new mouthguard in special case to keep it in with instructions on how to keep your new mouthguard clean and fresh.
It is important for kids who play sports to start wearing mouthguards from a young age so it becomes a routine and habit, this instills that the mouthguard isn’t optional but regarded as an essential piece of equipment whilst playing sports that have the potential for contact to the head.
From our experiences with a variety of sports in and around Geelong over the years, the three sports that have the poorest record for tooth loss, chipped teeth and broken jaws, that benefit the most from custom fitted mouthguards are AFL, Basketball and Hockey.
Should you wear a mouthguard if you have braces? Absolutely, if you’re playing a sport that requires a mouthguard, for protecting your teeth against damages, you should also wear a mouthguard whilst playing that sport when you have braces.
Teeth and jaw injuries are very common in contact sports. Your braces provide little protection to your teeth and with braces there’s an added risk of injuring your lips or the inside of your cheeks. We recommend wearing a custom mouthguard for any sport where there is a risk of an impact to your mouth or face.