Custom-made mouthguards at Coastal Dental Care
What is a custom-made mouthguard?
A custom-made mouthguard is designed to fit your mouth seamlessly. It is made of a flexible material which protects your teeth from impact during sporting activities.
By providing support to the jaw, a custom-made mouthguard can help reduce the effects of a concussion.
Each mouthguard can be customised to a patients’ needs. We offer a range of colours and can print pictures and symbols onto the mouthguard.
Mouthguards are suitable for children and adults of any age who are looking to protect their teeth from injury. Depending on your age and purpose for the mouthguard, we have three different options available.
What are the different types and prices of mouthguards?
At Coastal Dental Care, we offer 3 different packages for custom-made mouthguards, they are:
For children with baby teeth – Single layer, single colour
Suitable for children with baby teeth and a small mouth. This type of mouthguard is great to help children get used to wearing a mouthguard during sport. If you are a private health fund member with available dental extras cover, you won’t have any out of pocket costs for this type of mouthguard. For patients without private health cover, it’s $80.
For children with adult teeth and adults – Dual layer, single colour
This mouthguard type is suitable for children with permanent teeth as well as adults, the dual layer gives your teeth the needed protection during medium impact sports. This type of mouthguard provides extra support for adult teeth. You can choose a single colour from a wide variety. For all private health fund members with available dental extras, Coastal Dental Care practices offer this type without any out of pocket costs for patients. If you don’t have private health insurance cover, a dual layer mouthguard costs $100.
For patients who do high-impact sports and/or like to customise – Dual layer, multiple colours, special requests (logos, initials, etc.), hard insert on request
The gold package mouthguard is suitable for individuals with adult teeth and can be custom-designed by you. You can choose several colours, request your initials or logos (please ensure you don’t infringe copyrights or trademarks). In addition, you can request a hard insert designed especially for shock absorption. The dual layer with hard insert is ideal for high-impact sports such as boxing, rugby league, and martial arts. If you have private health insurance with dental extras, your health fund will cover part of the mouthguard cost. Our friendly receptionists will be able to let you know how much your out of pocket amount will be. If you don’t have private health cover, your custom-designed mouthguard costs $149.
How much does a mouthguard cost?
We offer NO GAP single layer and dual layer mouthguards in a single colour for all private health fund members with available dental extras. That means, you won’t have any out of pocket costs if you are with a private health fund.
For patients without health cover, a mouthguard can cost between $80 and $149 as mentioned in the options above.
How to look after your mouthguard
To keep your mouthguard clean, you should rinse it with cold water or mouthwash before use. Avoid using hot water as this can damage your mouthguard.
After use, you should thoroughly clean the mouthguard with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Alternatively, you can clean the guard with lukewarm, soapy water or denture cleaning tablets.
Our mouths contain a plethora of bacteria and plaque, which is why it is so important to keep your mouthguard clean.
How long does a mouthguard last?
As a rule, you should replace your mouthguard every two years. Due to the pressure of teeth and alternate wetting and drying, the mouthguard will break down over time.
If the mouthguard experiences signs of wear and tear (holes, cracks, loose fitting or irritates the gums) you should replace it as soon as possible. The same goes if the mouthguard experiences a strong impact as its effectiveness might have altered.
Tip: It is always a good idea to bring your mouthguard with you to your dental check-up, so it can be inspected by the dentist.
Over-the-counter vs custom mouthguards
There are two main types of mouthguards; over-the-counter and custom-made mouthguards.
Also known as boil-and-bite, over-the-counter mouthguards are readied for fitting by first immersing the mouthguard material in hot water. Once the mouthguard is sufficiently warmed through, you bite into it to mould it to your teeth.
While this might sound good, these boil-and-bite models are typically less comfortable and less effective than custom-made mouthguards. This is because they only conform to your bite, where a custom-made mouthguard is crafted to fit with the anatomy of your jaw. Further to this, the boil-and-bite models are generally bulky, and if they get too hot, they can lose their shape and become uncomfortable.
On the other hand, custom-made mouthguards are more tolerant to heat. They are also moulded to suit you and will provide the best support.