Mouthguards Perth

Most of us automatically reach for a helmet if we are participating in a dangerous sport or activity. But what about protecting your teeth and mouth? We offer mouthguards Perth residents can rely on to do just that.

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.

What Are Mouthguards?

Cracked or missing teeth can be an expensive, painful issue to treat. The best treatment is prevention.

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:

  • Lost teeth
  • Chips or cracks in teeth
  • Soft-tissue damage to the inside of the cheeks, gums, lips, and tongue
  • Nerve damage to a tooth or teeth
  • Fractured jaw bones

Custom Made Mouthguards

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.

Benefits of Custom-Made Mouthguards Include:

  • Provides the best protection for teeth
  • Offers a more comfortable fit than a boil-and-bite or stock mouthguard
  • Made specifically for your needs

When Do You Need a Mouthguard?

Various sports require you to wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth and gums. Typically, these are required for:

  • Contact sports such as hockey, soccer, baseball, martial arts, boxing, basketball, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, wrestling, or football
  • Non-contact sports with a high risk of falling, including gymnastics, mountain biking, skateboarding, or ice skating

Mouthguard FAQs

How do I care for my mouthguard?

It is important to keep your mouthguard clean and protected against damage by:

  • Brushing and flossing before you put in your mouthguard
  • Rinsing your mouthguard with mouthwash or cool water before taking it out or putting it in (avoid hot water as it can cause warping)
  • Clean your mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste after using it
  • Check it for damage regularly and replace it is worn, cracked, or no longer fits securely
  • Bring your mouthguard along to dental checkups to ensure it still fits as it should
  • Use a hard container with ventilation holes to store your mouthguard
  • Keep it away from pets

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.