Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Mouthguard?
A mouthguard (also known as a mouth protector, mouth piece or gumshield)
is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to
the teeth, lips and gums. Mouthguards are most often used to prevent injury in contact sports.
Why should I wear a custom made mouthguard?
To protect your mouth from injuries. The dental profession unanimously supports
the use of custom made mouthguards in a variety of sports activities. More than 200,000 injuries to the mouth and jaw
occur each year.
For information on various types of mouthguards, refer to benefits
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A mouthguard can prevent
serious injuries such as concussions, incidents of unconsciousness, jaw fractures and neck injuries by helping to avoid situations
where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft issue in the oral cavity away
from the teeth, preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks.
Mouthguards for braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances.
Custom made mouthguards
can accommodate for some tooth movement for most people undergoing orthodontic treatment. These type of mouthguards
will not interfere with your braces or other fixed appliances. A custom made mouthguard is especially important for people who wear braces or
have fixed orthodontic treatment and also provide a barrier between the braces, your cheek or lips, limiting the risk
of soft tissue injuries.
(Please note - Mouthguards for kids undergoing any orthodontic treatment
must advise Sportsafe Australia before an order is placed)
Do I get a rebate from my private health insurance?
Yes but it will depend on the level
of cover that you have. Ask your insurer.
if my child has loose or missing teeth?
It is fine
to take the impression (mould) with missing teeth and also for kids with erupting teeth and mixed dentition. Our highly
trained Dental technicians will allow space for the new tooth to grow into.
How long will my mouthguard last?
For adults, a mouthguard can last
several years depending on the frequency of use. If major changes occur to the teeth, such as large restorations or loss of
teeth, the mouthguard may not fit as well as originally and may need to be replaced. If the mouthguard material has been bitten
through during use it should also be replaced.
For children, if changes occur to their mouth due to growth, the
loss of deciduous teeth, or the eruption of the adult teeth, then their mouthguard may need to be changed annually or even
more frequently. Remember, a poorly fitting mouthguard may be providing little protection and is less likely to be worn by
children because they are uncomfortable.
How should I care for a custom
Please refer to the Care Instructions page.
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In what types of sports should
I wear a custom made mouthguard.
Anytime there is a strong chance for contact
with other participants or hard surfaces, it is advisable to wear a custom made mouthguard.
- AFL Football
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Water Polo
- Ice Hockey
- and many other contact sports
- The Australian Dental Association strongly recommends investing in a custom-fitted mouthguard
from your Dental Professional.
- Have your mouthguard checked
every 12 months for optimal fit and protection.
- Keep your mouthguard
clean and store it in a rigid container, away from heat to ensure it maintains its shape.