Protect your teeth from injuries with Custom Mouthguards
It’s no secret that mouth injuries in sports can be incredibly dangerous and painful.
Every year, thousands of people end up with serious dental injuries from playing contact sports. These injuries can range from a knocked-out tooth to a broken jaw and everything in between. They often require extensive dental treatment to be repaired, leading to expensive dental bills.
A custom mouthguard from Maylands Dental Centre is the perfect way to ensure your teeth are protected when you need it most. Mouthguards, or mouth protectors, are removable dental devices that protect your teeth from injuries when playing high-impact sports or grinding your teeth. Our mouthguards are made specifically for you and fitted using a custom mould of your teeth. They fit snugly and provide superior oral protection.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Custom-made mouthguards protect teeth, as well as dental appliances like braces, veneers, implants, and bridges. By wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard, you can prevent the following dental problems:
- Chipped teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Tooth loss
- Tooth nerve damage
- Broken teeth
- Soft tissue injuries (lips, gums, tongue, and inside cheeks)
- Jaw fractures
- Temporomandibular jaw trauma
Custom mouthguards might be more expensive than over-the-counter mouthguards, but they are tailored to fit your teeth for optimal protection. You won’t have to worry about the mouthguard becoming loose, falling out, or being uncomfortable to wear.
Although over-the-counter mouthguards are less expensive, they do not cover enough of the teeth or gums. They don’t fit well enough to create a “suction” effect, resulting in less protection. A good custom mouthguard can withstand concentrated force and is tear-resistant. Breathing should be easy while wearing it.
Over-the-counter mouthguards may need replacing more often than custom mouthguards because they are not as durable.
In almost all cases of bruxism, a custom-fit mouthguard or occlusal splint is the best solution. Over-the-counter mouthguards are hard to wear and unpleasant, making it difficult to sleep with them.
Dentists make custom mouthguards from medical-grade silicone and tailor them specifically for each patient. During your visit, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory.
To create a mouthguard, the dental technician will pour a mould into the dental impression to create a replica of your mouth. After melting and pouring a layer of acrylic over the model, they trim and smooth its contours for a comfortable fit. Usually, a custom mouthguard takes a week to prepare.
The lifespan of a custom mouthguard varies based on how often you use it and how much wear and tear it endures. With proper care, a custom mouthguard can generally last between two and three years. You should bring your mouthguard to your regular dental appointments so your dentist can examine it for signs of wear and tear and make sure it is in good condition.
It may be necessary to replace over-the-counter mouthguards more often because they are less durable.
Your mouthguard is in your mouth for several hours at a time. It is vital to protect it and keep it clean.
- Clean your mouthguard with soapy water and a soft brush and rinse it with cool, clean water after each use. Allow it to air dry.
- Keep it away from direct sunlight and hot water. Too much heat will distort your mouthguard.
- Keep your mouthguard in a durable plastic case with vents when not in use.