Custom Made Mouthguards
A mouthguard is tailormade to you. It provides a protective cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums to cushion and protect your teeth, gums and jaw from damage. Our dentists are expertly trained to make the most comfortable mouthguard for your needs.
Why would I need a mouthguard?
It is advisable to wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play sports such as rugby, cricket, hockey and football. Impact to the face, either from a ball or another player, can cause shock waves to travel through your jaw leading to bone damage, or a direct hit can shatter or chip a tooth. In fact dental injuries are a common occurrence in these kinds of sports. A mouthguard will not help prevent chipping or breaking teeth as a result of impact, it will act as a shock absorber to help protect against a painful broken or dislocated jaw.
Mouthguards can also be custom made to wear at night if you are susceptible to clenching or grinding your teeth (bruxism). They may offer relief from the pressure and the sound of the bruxism. The application of a mouthguard will even out the pressure across your jaw as well as provide a barrier between your bottom and top teeth. The soft material means that it reduces wear on your teeth.
Making a mouthguard
Your mouthguard will be made to fit the exact shape of your jaw, ensuring that it stays in place comfortably, provides maximum protection and lasts for as long as possible.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth from which to make the finished guard. This impression is used to make a complete plaster cast model of your jaw, gums and teeth that the dental laboratory technicians will use. They shape the mouthguard material around the model to create a part that fits snugly over either your upper or lower teeth.
Maintaining your mouthguard
Scrub your mouthguard after every use with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.
Keep it in its protective case when you are not wearing it.
Mouthguards are plastic, so keep it out of very hot water and the sun – these will cause it to melt and deform.
Make sure you regularly replace your mouthguard, not only for good hygiene but also to update it as your teeth naturally change and move.