A mouthguard is manufactured specifically for you.It offers a protective covering that precisely fits over your teeth and gums to cushion and shield your jaw, teeth, and gums from harm. To create the most comfortable mouthguard for your requirements, our orthodontists at the Smile Hub Dental Clinic have received specialised training.
Why do I need a mouthguard?If you participate in sports like football, rugby, hockey, or cricket, it is advised that you use a mouthguard that has been prepared by a professional. A direct blow to the face, whether from a ball or another player, can break or chip a tooth or send shock waves through your jaw, damaging the bone. In reality, these forms of sports frequently involve oral injuries. A mouthguard will act as a shock absorber to help guard against a painful broken or dislocated jaw, but it won't assist prevent teeth from shattering or chipping as a result of impact. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth at night, mouthguards can also be specially created for you to use. A mouthguard won't stop you from grinding your teeth, but if you've seen your dentist at the Smile Hub Dental Clinic for guidance and assistance, they might suggest one as a way to relieve the pressure and sound while you investigate the causes. By using a mouthguard, you may equalise the pressure on your jaw and provide a barrier between your bottom and top teeth. The soft material helps to lessen the sound of grinding while also reducing wear on your teeth.
How mouthguards are made?Your mouthguard will be custom-made by your orthodontist at Smile Hub Dental Clinic to match the precise contour of your jaw, ensuring that it fits comfortably, offers the most protection, and lasts as long as possible. Your teeth will be captured in an impression by your dentist, which will be used to create the completed guard. The dental laboratory professionals will utilise this first impression to create a full plaster cast replica of your jaw, gums, and teeth. They cut out a section of the mouthguard that fits tightly over either your upper or lower teeth by shaping the material around the model. To ensure that the bite is as comfortable as possible, the skilled technicians will use the model. They will then make minor tweaks until the mouthguard is ready to be returned to Smile Hub Dental Clinic, where you may pick it up.
What colour will it be?You can have your mouthguard created in the colour of your choice or in a transparent material that makes it almost invisible. Sometimes mouthguards for sports teams are made in the team's colours.
Maintaining your MouthguardA robust, long-lasting mouthguard might last you years, but its longevity will obviously rely on how well you take care of it and whether your sporting activities subject it to damage. A mouthguard typically lasts between six months and a year. It's crucial to get your mouthguard replaced more frequently if your teeth are still erupting or moving, so that it fits properly. After each use, clean your mouthguard with a gentle toothbrush and toothpaste. When not in use, keep it in its case for protection. Keep your mouthguard out of the sun and extremely hot water since they will melt and deform the plastic. Make sure to replace your mouthguard on a regular basis to maintain oral cleanliness as well as to keep it current with your teeth's normal morphology.
Can I buy a mouthguard of the shelf?Some sports stores sell mouthguards that are already made. These mouthguards are custom-made at home. It is designed to suit any jaw and can be initially boiled at home. You put the mouthguard over your teeth and mould it to your jaw while it's still hot. These can be painful and difficult to fit since they are less precise than a mouthguard made by an orthodontist. Due to the heating and cooling process, you might find them to be more fragile and susceptible to damage. It is advised to discuss your alternatives with your dentist in order to best safeguard your teeth.