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.
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
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)
What if my child has loose or missing
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
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
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 made mouthguard?
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.