The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends the use of custom made professionally fitting sports mouthguards for any contact sports and training in order to prevent dental impact injuries and trauma. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to dental injuries.
So what’s the difference between a store-bought mouthguard and a custom made mouthguard?
Custom made professionally fitted sports mouthguards designed by a dental professional is uniquely made to your mouth it makes breathing and speaking a lot easier when wearing a mouthguard, and overall are a lot more comfortable than their ‘boil and bite’ and stock standard store-bought types. At Dural Dental Practice, you will have the option to choose from a variety of colours and colour combinations and optional customised initials.
Store-bought mouthguards are often less protective and loose-fitting which can be dangerous when impact occurs.
How are they made?
Your dental professional will take a digital scan or a mold (impression) of your teeth. This helps the dental laboratory to create a mouthguard that provides a superior fit, matching your teeth and gum line.
At Dural Dental Practice we offer two different types of custom-made mouthguards:
A single-layer mouthguard is great for young children under the age of 12 as their teeth are still developing. It also helps them to get a feeling for wearing a mouthguard without it restricting them too much. The single layer is more flexible and makes the mouthguard less bulky.
A dual-layer mouthguard is recommended for contact sports with moderate physical contact. It is suitable for children above the age of 12 years and adults.