If you play contact sports, grind your teeth, or snore, our dentists in Canning Vale highly recommend getting a custom mouthguard made to protect your teeth and gums.
Mouthguards are dental devices that fit closely over the teeth to protect the mouth from trauma. Well-fitted mouth guards absorb impact to protect the teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue from injury during accidents.
Whether playing an impact sport or wearing away teeth due to teeth grinding, wearing a mouthguard can help protect you against:
There are three main types of mouthguards: stock, boil-and-bite, and custom made. Stock mouthguards are a one-size-fits-all option that rarely offer a good fit, are bulky, offer the least protection, and can make breathing difficult.
Generally, the better a mouthguard fits, the more protection it will provide, making custom-made mouthguards the most efficient option. To make a custom-fitted mouthguard, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to send to a lab to make the mouthguard. This process ensures a comfortable, personalized fit and is the best option.
How do I care for my mouthguard?
It is important to keep your mouthguard clean and protected against damage by:
Can I wear a mouthguard with braces?
Yes, a mouthguard can be worn with braces. A custom-made mouthguard is your best option if you have braces.
Do I need a mouthguard for both my upper and lower teeth?
Mouthguards are typically worn on the upper teeth only.