How a mouthguard works
A good mouthguard works to help absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face or heavy collision, which prevents damage that ranges from minor cases like soft tissue trauma, chips, and concussion of the teeth, to more severe cases like damaged nerve supply to the teeth, tooth dislodgement, or a broken jaw.
The Australian Dental Association and Standards Australia recommend custom fitted professional mouthguards over boil and bite mouthguards. Boil and bite mouthguards from over the counter are less well fitting and are less comfortable to wear. Some research studies found over the counter mouthguards to be only be marginally more effective than not wearing a mouthguard at all.
A custom fitted mouthguard has the benefit of allowing their wearers to perform better through greater confidence, speech, and reduced distraction. Check out our blog on how the right mouthguard can help you to perform better.
Being just the right size all over, custom fitted mouthguards allow much better speech during competition. After all, communication is such a vital component of team sports. A well fitted custom mouthguard also creates far less distraction, allow wearers to focus on the game rather than trying to keep their mouthguard in place.
The key benefits of a custom fitted mouthguards
- Better protection
- Greater comfort
- Enhanced performance
Good protection from a good mouthguard is a worthwhile investment to prevent a lifetime cost of a dental injury. The Smile Team at Balwyn North dentist offers high quality professional mouthguards at different thicknesses to suit the patient’s age and sport. We also offer an extensive range of colour and design options to the patients to suit their team’s colours.
The Smile Team at Balwyn North dentist offers 3 levels of mouthguards depending upon the age and level of risk for the individual;
- Junior mouthguard
- High protection mouthguard
- Professional mouthguard
Mouthguards are usually reviewed every 12 months to ensure fitting. In a growing mouth through childhood and teenage years, mouthguards may need to be adjusted or replaced more frequently to suit the developing changes in the mouth.