Custom Sports Mouthguards

Protect your teeth during sports and physical activity with custom-prepared mouthguards, specifically designed for your teeth. Keep your teeth and jaw safe from damage with an accurate and comfortable guard.

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Who needs a mouthguard?

Wearing a sports mouthguard keeps your mouth protected from dental and oral injury when competing in any sport. A mouthguard is not only recommended for players in high-contact sports like football, rugby or hockey, but also those who play low- or no-contact sports like basketball and netball. 

 

Anyone at risk of an accidental collision or contact to their mouth should be wearing a mouthguard to reduce the very real risk of dental trauma and injury. We recommend getting a custom mouthguard for anyone above the age of 6 who wants to take the court or field.

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Custom mouthguards vs over-the-counter

While there are a number of cheap mouthguard options that you can buy over the counter, including the well-known ‘boil and bite’ type, they do not provide anywhere near the quality of protection that a custom mouthguard does. Custom sports mouthguards contour the soft tissue of your mouth to create an exact fit that is not only secure but more comfortable to wear. Custom guards do not restrict breathing or speaking, and are also far less likely to fall out or create discomfort, meaning individuals are more likely to keep wearing them while competing.

Our cosmetic dental care process typically looks like this: 

  1. We discuss your needs and expectations, explore a number of treatment solutions, and often perform an in-mouth ‘mock up’ of your cosmetic treatment to help visualise your new smile. Don’t get too attached — the final result will look even better!
  2. Occasionally we will visit our dental technicians for final planning and evaluations.
  3. We take photographs of your teeth and face to provide a starting point from which we can begin planning and later evaluate your treatment.
  4. Digital impressions of your teeth are taken and, in some cases, plaster models are constructed to help assess your teeth and bite.
  5. We complete different radiographs to assess bone volume, tooth structure and any diseased tissue that may be present.

Getting your mouthguard

Your dentist will begin by examining your current teeth and identify whether there is any dental work or treatment that will affect the fit of the guard, including fixed braces or dentures. Your dentist will then take an impression of your teeth that will be used to fabricate a perfect-fitting mouthguard. The guard often takes around two weeks to create. Once it is finalised, your dentist ensures that it fits correctly at a follow-up appointment. Each mouthguard is provided with a storage container that it should be stored in whenever you are not wearing it.

 

Your mouthguard will need to be replaced regularly as you get older to ensure it continues to fit effectively over the teeth as your jaw changes and develops. In younger years, this may need a change every year, but at CDIC we offer discounted prices for younger patients to keep them safe when they’re playing.

Our cosmetic dental care process typically looks like this: 

  1. We discuss your needs and expectations, explore a number of treatment solutions, and often perform an in-mouth ‘mock up’ of your cosmetic treatment to help visualise your new smile. Don’t get too attached — the final result will look even better!
  2. Occasionally we will visit our dental technicians for final planning and evaluations.
  3. We take photographs of your teeth and face to provide a starting point from which we can begin planning and later evaluate your treatment.
  4. Digital impressions of your teeth are taken and, in some cases, plaster models are constructed to help assess your teeth and bite.
  5. We complete different radiographs to assess bone volume, tooth structure and any diseased tissue that may be present.
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Benefits of a custom mouthguard

Being fabricated to the exact dimensions and shape of your mouth ensures that each custom mouthguard can provide coverage and support for the upper teeth, jaw bone, soft tissues and lips. The perfect fit leads to a number of distinct advantages, including:


  • Durable shock absorption
  • Ease of speaking and breathing
  • Reduced likelihood of removal

 

Custom mouthguards can also be created to match the colours of your team, helping our younger patients feel more excited to get and use their mouthguard. Overall, custom guards provide a fuller level of support and protection that over the counter mouthguards simply do not match.

Preserving your mouthguard

To ensure your mouthguard lasts for as long as possible, it is important to keep it out of the sun and away from direct heat, which can warp its shape. Similarly, the guard should be washed in cold water to preserve its shape and keep it clean and sanitary for use. Every mouthguard should be checked or replaced by a dentist every 12 months to ensure the fit is still optimal and it is providing the right amount of support.

Keeping athletes safe at CDIC

Drawing on a passion for sports and decades of dental expertise, the team at CDIC are committed to helping all our patients enjoy their sport without putting their dental health at risk. Book a consultation with us to get an impression for your new mouthguard or to have your current one checked for safety.

 

We welcome all new patients from across Melbourne and interstate looking for the highest standard of care. Book in an obligation-free consultation today to find out how we can help you begin your smile transformation.