Mouthguards are made by taking an accurate impression of your mouth and making the mouthguard fit your own teeth. Dr Julia will record the way your jaws bite together to make sure the mouthguard meets properly with your teeth.
Adults may not need to have their mouthguards replaced quite so often. But they are like any other form of sports equipment and will suffer from wear and tear. It is recommended that you take your mouthguard along to the dentist when you go for your check-up, so it can be checked.
WHAT IS A MOUTHGUARD?
A mouthguard is a specially made, rubber-like cover which fits exactly over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.
WHEN DO I NEED A MOUTHGUARD?
It is important to wear a professionally made mouthguard whenever you play sport that involves physical contact or moving objects.
This includes: cricket, hockey and football – which can cause broken and damaged teeth; and American football, boxing and rugby – which can all cause broken or dislocated jaws. A mouthguard will help protect against these happening.
HOW CAN I GET A MOUTHGUARD?
Dr Julia will be happy to make you a custom-made mouthguard, which will fit your mouth exactly and protect your teeth and gums properly. Custom-made mouthguards can prevent damage to the teeth and jaw, helping to prevent damage caused by a heavy blow.
HOW LONG DO CUSTOM-MADE MOUTHGUARDS LAST?
Depending on your age, your mouthguard may need replacing fairly regularly. If you are still growing, new teeth will come through and move into position. Therefore, the mouthguard may become too tight or loose, and will need to be remade to fit the new shape of your mouth.