mouth guard

What is a mouthguard? 

A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums.


Why should I use a mouth guard?

There are many reasons why a person may use a mouth guard. If you are playing sports, the purpose of the sports mouthguard is to act as a shock absorber in the mouth to protect the teeth from excessive forces. The mouthguard also protects your head and brain from a concussion if the blow is onto the lower jaw. Mouthguards can also be used to protect your teeth from grinding or clenching while you sleep, which can lead to longer-lasting problems such as TMJ.


How does a custom mouth guard fit? 

Well-made mouthguards adapt smoothly to the upper teeth and gums, staying firmly in place, even when speaking, breathing heavily or playing sports very actively. There are several specific design options, but for the vast majority of people, the customized smooth upper mouthguard is the correct choice.


How long does it take to get a mouth guard?

A custom mouth guard requires two appointments, each about 20 minutes long. The first appointment requires an upper impression or intra-oral scan. We can make it a specific colour, or it can be clear. Then, the second appointment is about a week later, to pick up your mouthguard. We want to make sure it fits properly before you head home with it. You may choose to keep the dental mould for your mouthguard. You also get a carrying case to keep your mouth guard in.


Is a custom mouth guard better?

Yes – as they are custom fit to your mouth. You can buy a mouthguard at most drug stores, however these generally do not fit well and are difficult to keep in place.


What kind of mouthguard can you make?

Dental Choice offers two levels of professional mouth guards. You can choose between a standard custom guard or you can get a personalized custom guard. With the personalized guards you can select the style and design that you prefer, ranging from Canada flags to wild colours. This customization makes it difficult to mix up mouthguards in the locker room.

Why does a custom mouth guard cost more than a store-bought mouth guard?

Here are some factors that can influence the cost:

  • Mouthguards are custom-created using professional dental laboratory fabrication techniques
  • The dentist makes an accurate mould of your teeth, so it fits perfectly
  • If adjustments are needed, your dentist can conveniently address any concerns
  • Mouthguards can be personalized, letting you select the colour, style and design so that your mouthguard is distinct.


For more information or to book an appointment, contact a Dental Choice clinic near you. We’re here to help.

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