Mouthguards

How do I get a sports mouthguard made?

Having a custom sports mouthguard made is a very simple and easy process. It involves 1 short visit with your dentist so impressions can be made of your teeth. At this appointment, you also choose the colour of your mouthguard. We have a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from. Once the impression is taken, it takes 3-7 days for you mouthguard to be ready for collection. We will give you a case to keep your mouthguard in and instructions on how to care for it.

How much does a custom mouthguard cost?

At North Brisbane Dental Clinic, we have made the decision to discount our mouthguard heavily. We do this because we believe they are a vital part of keeping your child's (or your own) teeth healthy and free from injury. If you have private health cover (with any fund), we will make you a custom mouthguard with no gap fee charged. If you don't have private health cover, we charge $120.

If you would like get started with your custom mouthguard, phone us on 3632 8100 or book online now.

Who should wear a mouthguard?

Anyone who participates in a sport that could possibly involve a knock to the face should wear a mouthguard. This includes sports where contact is part of the game e.g. boxing, and also collision sports where contact is not expected, but may occur, e.g. basketball. Below is a list of sports where use of a mouthguard is recommended by the Australian Dental Association.

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket (wicket-keeping or batting)
  • Football (all codes)
  • Hockey
  • Horse riding
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Skateboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Trampolining
  • Water polo
  • Water skiing
  • Wrestling
Why should I wear a mouthguard?

A mouthguard helps absorb the shock experienced by a blow to the face that might otherwise result in a serious tooth or jaw injury. It is not unusual for a knock to the mouth during sport to result in broken teeth, tooth loss, internal damage to teeth, and lacerations to lips, tongue or cheeks. Injuries like these can lead to involved and potentially expensive reparative dental work. Current research shows that approximately one third of all traumatic teeth injuries are sport related.

Prevention is always better than cure!

Can I use a ready-made mouthguard?

Pre-formed mouthguards are often available from pharmacies or sporting stores. The problem with these types of mouthguards is that they are not adapted closely to your teeth and gums. They will likely place uneven pressure throughout your mouth and may be loose and uncomfortable.

Why is a custom-made dental mouthguard better?

When you have a mouthguard made at the dentist, a mould of your upper jaw is taken and a plaster model of your teeth and gums is constructed. The mouthguard material is melted and adapted closely to the exact shape of your teeth and gums, then hardened again. This means your final mouthguard will fit perfectly, leading to better comfort and, most importantly, increased protection for your entire jaw.

How do I look after my mouthguard?

Mouthguards are made from a resin material that can melt. The most important thing to remember when caring for your mouthguard is to prevent it from overheating. This means it is not to be left in a hot car for any length of time, as the heat will cause it to warm and it will no longer fit correctly.

After each use, you should clean your mouthguard with cold soapy water and rinse thoroughly. While it is still moist, place it in your mouthguard box. Whenever the mouthguard is not in your mouth, it should be in the box. Be careful not to leave it in your pocket or a bag on its own, as it could lose its shape.