What is a mouth guard?
A Mouth Guard is a guard used during contact sports, to protect your teeth, gum and jaw from injury. It is available in different colours and types.
Types of mouth guard
- Custom fitted mouth guard
This is made by your dentist to fit snugly on the teeth and surrounding gum. Studies have shown that a custom mouth guard will provide higher protection for your teeth during injuries.
- Ready mate mouth guard
This type of mouth guard is purchased over the counter in the chemist or sports shop and moulded by the patient to fit the teeth and gum. Since it does not fitted snugly in the mouth studies shows that it does not give the same amount of protection as the custom fitted mouth guard.
Will a mouth guard protect the teeth 100% during injury?
NO, we can not guarantee that your mouth guard will protect you 100% but it will decrease any injury significantly, similar to the practice of wearing a helmet to protect your head while riding your bike.
How do I get the custom fitted mouthguard?
On your first appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and gums which will be sent to the laboratory to create a custom guard in your choice of colour. For your next appointment, in roughly 4-5 working days, your dentist will insert the mouth guard, check that it is fitting properly and give you instructions on how to use and maintain it.