Wearing a mouthguard while playing contact sports is now mandatory in many schools and sports clubs across Australia, and it’s always recommended. You can rest assured that your teeth or your children’s teeth will be well protected when you have a mouthguard custom made by a dentist.
Our dentists in Kelmscott design custom-fitted sports mouthguards for all ages. To find out more or book a mouthguard fitting at our clinic, call us on (08) 9495 7999 today.
Custom Mouthguards for playing sports
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that a custom-fitted mouthguard is worn while playing contact sports and other sports or activities that involve a risk of injury to the mouth.
Impacts from balls, sports equipment, other players or falling over can cause trauma or damage to the teeth and jaws – including chipped, cracked and knocked-out teeth, cuts inside the mouth or broken jaws. As well as causing pain and suffering, these injuries are often expensive and difficult to treat.
Wearing a mouthguard during any risky activity – from rugby, football and hockey to mountain biking and skateboarding – will lower your risk of serious injuries and needing to see an emergency dentist.
Our dentists may also recommend an oral device similar to a mouthguard if you have a condition such as teeth grinding (bruxism) or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
How custom mouthguards are made
If you choose to have a custom mouthguard made by our Kelmscott dentists, we’ll take impressions of your teeth or your child’s teeth so we can make sure your mouthguard will be the right fit. You also have the option of customising your mouthguard colour to match your team or other preference.
We’ll then schedule another appointment when your mouthguard will be ready, so we can check that it fits and feels comfortable or make any minor adjustments. We’ll also explain how to use and look after your mouthguard to make sure your teeth will be fully protected.
Caring for your mouthguard
Your mouthguard can last longer when it’s well cared for. To prevent the mouthguard material from warping and going out of shape, keep your mouthguard out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Wash it using cold or warm water after every use and store the mouthguard on its mould to help it retain its shape.
We recommend that you bring your mouthguard to your regular dental check-ups so we can check its condition and recommend when you need a replacement. Mouthguards for children and teens may need to be changed every year or more frequently as their teeth and bite change. Adult mouthguards may last for several years with good care.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a mouthguard cost?
A custom mouthguard costs more than an over-the-counter mouthguard, but by offering more protection it lowers the risk of needing expensive corrective treatments. The average cost of a custom-fitted sports mouthguard is approximately $200.
Some health funds that include dental services cover the cost of mouthguards with no out of pocket expenses. Check with your insurance provider to find out if you’re covered. Kelmscott Dental is a Bupa Platinum Members First provider and a preferred provider for HBF and HCF.
We can also offer flexible payment options if you need help breaking down your mouthguard cost to make it easier to manage.
Why is a custom mouthguard superior to other mouthguards?
If you’re used to wearing a mouthguard bought from a store, you might associate mouthguards with feeling uncomfortable or even affecting your speech or breathing.
While any mouthguard is better than no protection at all, a mouthguard that’s been custom made to fit over your teeth precisely offers more reliable protection than a generic or boil-and-bite mouthguard. It should also be less bulky, feel more comfortable and have less impact on your speech, breathing and athletic performance.
A custom mouthguard is also recommended during orthodontic treatment or if you have protruding teeth.
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