- *Express service can be requested on weekdays for custom fit mouthguards to be manufactured within 5 days.
- An examination by a dentist required, if you need fillings and they are done later, your mouth guard may no longer fit!
- An impression or mould is taken of your upper teeth and lower teeth
- Your custom fit mouthguard is then issued
Risk Factors for Dental Injuries: The need for a mouthguard
Being young and physically active is a high risk factor for dental injures.
Rates of dental injuries among athletes have been found to vary due to factors such as type of sport played and gender: One study found that the rates of injury were as follows:
- Wrestling 83.3%
- Boxing 73.7%
- Basketball 70.6%
- Karate 60% (Andrade et al. 2010)
At an international level of competition 49.6% of athletes had sustained a dental injury due to trauma.
The rate of dental injuries for school boy rugby players was 26%.
Why wear a mouthguard?
The most common injuries sustained from not wearing a mouthguard are:
- Enamel fracture (39.8%)
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth (4%)
- To the least common being a root fracture (.04%)
The teeth most frequently affected were upper front teeth, followed by lower front teeth.Injuries that are sustained whilst wearing a mouthguard were less severe and less expensive.
Specifically: Less fractured teeth.
What type of mouthguard should I wear?
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) American Dental Association (AMA) and findings of independent studies recommend Custom fitted mouthguards. Custom fitted mouthguards are found to be superior to boil and bite mouthguards in regards to:
- Ability to talk (with mouthguard in!)
- Ability to breathe
These differences in comfort made it more likely that mouthguards would be worn.
The ADA rated the boil and bite mouthguard’s as inferior stating they should only be worn as a temporary measure).
How often should I replace my mouthguard?
The ADA recommend that mouthguards be replaced every 12 months for both children and adults, or after “significant” dental treatment