What Is a Sports Mouthguard?
A mouthguard is a device consisting of moulded plastic that protects your teeth; the plastic forms an arch shape that fits over the top row of your teeth. Mouthguards protect the mouth in a few different ways. For example, they keep the top and bottom teeth from crashing together during a collision, protect the upper teeth from impact injuries, and prevent your teeth from damaging your lips, cheeks, and gums.
We offer three types of sports mouthguards in South Melbourne:
- Stock or ready-made sports guards
- Boil-and-bite sports guards
- Custom sports guards
Our team of dental professionals highly recommends getting a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth. Other mouthguards can be helpful, but for the safest option with the most comfortable fit, get your sports mouthguards at South Melbourne Dental Smiles.
Why Are Custom Mouthguards Better Than Ready-Made Guards?
You can buy ready-made, stock, or over-the-counter mouthguards at most pharmacies, drug stores, department stores, or sporting goods outlets. Comprised of hard rubber or plastic, these guards hold a U shape with a trench for the upper teeth to fit in while covering your gums.
Ready-made mouthguards cover the teeth and the gums to prevent collision-based injuries. These mouthguards are the most affordable option available and come in a few universal sizes. However, since they don’t mould to the specific wearer’s teeth, they are the least comfortable option.
Sports mouthguards that fit against your teeth offer more comfort and better protection. Protecting your teeth during rough physical activities prevents tooth loss and other serious injuries. That’s why we make custom sports mouthguards at South Melbourne Dental Smiles.
Do Boil-and-Bite Sports Mouthguards Work?
The Benefits of Custom Sports Mouthguards
Dentists make custom mouthguards specifically for each patient. To do this, the dentist takes a mould of your teeth and constructs a stone model from it. Then, they use the model to build a mouthguard made of hard, durable plastic that fits your mouth perfectly.
A custom mouthguard allows you to breathe and speak normally as you wear it while creating a comfortable and protective seal over your teeth and gums. At South Melbourne Dental Smiles, we make custom mouthguards for kids and adults who engage in contact sports. There’s no better place to go for the most high-quality, well-fitting sports mouthguards in South Melbourne; call us at (03) 9645 7888 to schedule your mouthguard fitting today.