A mouthguard is a protective cover that fits exactly over your teeth and gums to cushion and protect your teeth, gums and jaw from damage.

Why would I need a mouthguard?

It is advisable to wear a professionally made mouthguard if you play any sports with contact or risk of hand trauma. These include rugby, cricket, hockey, lacrosse, football, boxing, MMA and much more.

Dental injuries are common in these kinds of sports and a mouthguard will not only help prevent damaging teeth as a result of the impact, but it will act as a shock absorber to help protect against a concussion, dislocated or even a broken jaw.

Do I need one for when I sleep?

If you grind your teeth or clench excessively then it is likely you are also doing it at night whilst you sleep. In some cases, individuals are unaware of this altogether. This habit, known as bruxism, has multiple detrimental effects on your mouth if left untreated.

A night guard works in a similar way to the mouthguard. It again is a protective cover for your teeth that will even out the pressure across your jaw as well as provide a barrier to damage between your bottom and top teeth.

What’s involved?

To begin, take a scan or mould of the mouth for us to design and create your custom mouthguard. We will then book you in 1-2 weeks time to allow our laboratory to craft your new guard.

Can I customise my mouthguard?

Your mouthguard can be made in a range of colours, so matching it to your sports team won’t be a problem and we will even put your name on it.

How do I keep it clean?

  • Clean your guard after every use with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. When not wearing the guard, keep it in its protective case. Your mouthguard will deform in heat, so remember to keep it out of very hot water otherwise your guard may lose its protection.

How long does a mouthguard last?

A good mouthguard could last you years but its life span depends on how well you care for it, and whether it takes any wear from your sporting activities. Usually, a mouthguard lasts between 6 months to 2 years.

If your teeth are still moving or coming through, then it is important to get your mouthguard replaced more regularly to ensure that it fits correctly.

Can I buy a mouthguard off the shelf?

You can buy pre-formed mouthguards from some sports shops however they are made to mould at home. These are less accurate than a mouthguard provided by a professional and can therefore are less accurate, more uncomfortable and fitted poorly. You may find them more subject to damage due to the heating and cooling process of moulding.

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