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PROFESSIONAL MOUTHGUARDS

A mouth guard is a soft plastic or laminate device used in sports to prevent oral injuries to the teeth, mouth, cheeks, tongue and jaw.

Why choose a custom made mouthguard?

There are various off-the-shelf options in various sizes at relatively low prices, but it is fair to state that these can do potentially more harm than good, because they lack a precise fit to the mouth of the wearer. In the case of an injury, pressure can be transferred to precisely where it can do most damage. Little or no adjustment is possible other than minor trimming and this rarely provides a correct fit or the necessary comfort.

"Boil and bite" mouthguards are a little better in terms of protection. Made from a thernmo-plastic material, they are heated before placing into the mouth where they form a shape that better fits the teeth conformation. Protection is therefore improved, but the comfort rarely compares with a custom-made mouthguard.

To make a custom mouthguard, a dental impression is made in the same way as used for dentures. From the impressions, a plaster mould is produced and the guard manufactured to provide a precise fit.

The following illustrations are "off-the-shelf" mouthguard (left) and a professional custom mouthguard (Right)

off-the-shelf-mouthguardprofessional custom-made mouthguard

If you care for your teeth and play any kind of sport where damage might occur, the relative additional cost of a professional mouthguard becomes marginal. Of course, the result depends entirely upon the skill and professionalism of the dental technician. This is where DENTURES DIRECT NSW excels.

 

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