Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports protects your teeth from damage — it may even prevent a tooth from being knocked out. However, not all mouthguards are created equal.
Over-the-counter mouthguards from your local pharmacy or sports equipment store come in two types: stock mouth protectors and boil-and-bite mouth protectors. The first are ready to wear out of the package. Due to a poor fit, they can make talking or even breathing difficult. Boil-and-bite protectors fit better, but still do little to protect your teeth.
In contrast, custom mouthguards made to fit your mouth provide optimal protection.
Receiving a Custom Mouthguard
To create your mouthguard, we take an impression of your teeth. This will ensures that the mouthguard fits your mouth exactly, leading to greater comfort than with an off-the-shelf mouthguard. We send the impression to a dental lab, where layered plastic is superheated and then cooled. You will return to our clinic when your mouthguard is ready — to pick it up and confirm the fit.
Personalizing Your Mouthguard
We will create your mouthguard in the right thickness according to factors like the sport you play. You can also decide whether you need a mouthguard just for the top of your mouth or for both your upper and lower teeth.
How Long Do Mouthguards Last?
Our mouthguards are extremely durable and retain their shape for many years. Lifespan varies according to the sport you play, which will impact wear, and whether you receive any dental treatment that impacts your teeth. Children need to have their mouthguards refitted more often, as their mouths are growing and teeth changing. We recommend that you bring your mouthguard to all your regular checkups. This will allow us to examine it for damage and ensure that it continues to fit well.