Damaged or knocked out teeth, broken jaws and cut lips can be sustained when playing sport. Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face, which might otherwise result in an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw.
When should I wear a mouthguard?
Mouthguards should be worn whilst playing and training for any sport where there is a possibility of contact to the face.
Why have a custom-fitted mouthguard?
Just like having the correct shoes and sporting equipment, all people playing sports need to wear the correct equipment.
There are many types of mouthguards available in Australia, ranging from cheap, over-the-counter types to professionally custom-fitted mouthguards.
Over-the-counter mouthguards do not provide enough protection against injuries to your teeth, mouth or jaw. These mouthguards also often just fall out with a knock.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommends wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard to ensure maximum protection.
Custom-fitted mouthguards are only made by your dentist, who takes an impression and creates a plaster model of the teeth. Custom-fitting allows your dentist to accurately design and provide the best fitting mouthguard that is most appropriate.
A customized sports guard will be:
- Won’t shift or fall out
- Won’t restrict your breathing