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Mouthguards Brisbane CBD Dentists

A mouthguard is an oral protective appliance that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce damage to the teeth, dental jaws, lips and gums.  A mouthguard is most often used to avoid injury in contact sports.

Preventative Dentistry

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards

A custom-fitted mouthguard is preferable to the over-the-counter option as it fits the exact contours of the user's mouth. To get that perfect custom-fitted mouthguard, a digital impression is certainly the way of the future. The result is a resilient mouthguard that allows for natural speech and breathing.

An impression of the user's teeth is required to manufacture a custom-made mouthguard. At Brisbane CBD Dentists, our team uses a TRIOS digital scanner to record a digital impression of the client's mouth. Clients of all ages, both children and adults, prefer having a digital scan over a traditional impression using putty or alginate.

Mouthguard Uses

For Juniors

Team Sports Juniors to Seniors

High Impact Contact Sports

Mouthguards at Edward Street Dental

At Brisbane CBD Dentists, we have three categories of custom-fitted mouthguards that are suitable for clients across all ages:

  • Light - recommended for juniors,
  • Medium - recommended for the majority of team sports from junior to senior year levels,
  • Heavy - recommended for high impact contact sports, particularly suited to those playing A-grade level sports.

We will assist our clients in choosing the appropriate laminate layer thickness to provide the most suitable mouthguard for each use. Each layer is part of the Briteguard Easy Colour System. Every colour, colour combination and thickness category has been rigorously tested to ensure its safety.

Use your team colour or choose your own design!

Edward Street Dental combines premium strength with a fantastic, comprehensive range of team colour combinations, using the Briteguard Easy Colour System. We have every possible colour choice, including single, double and triple colour combinations. You can also have patterns and images. Examples include the Australian flag, Indigenous flag, Silver fern, Batman, a set of teeth, your NRL team logo, and the list goes on. Essentially, whatever idea the client has, will most likely be delivered.

Do you have trouble breathing when wearing a mouthguard?

Having trouble breathing while wearing a mouthguard during cardio-intense contact sport is a common problem for clients. At Brisbane CBD Dentists we will have a pre-scan discussion about your previous experience with mouthguards. If you have experienced past difficulties wearing a mouthguard or breathing issues with your mouthguards, we will take this into account.

If a client reports a history of difficulty breathing during mouthguard use, we make slight modifications to the design of the mouthguard. While in theory, the larger and thicker the mouthguard, the better, it doesn't provide any protection if the client won't use it.

Given that everyone has a different size mouth and airway passage, a mouthguard needs to be custom designed to allow the wearer to still breath comfortably. At Edward Street Dental, we use our years of experience to combine comfort, fit and strength for our clients' mouthguard.

Custom-fitted vs over-the-counter mouthguard - which is better?

Custom-Fitted Mouthguards Absorb & Spread Impact

The Australian Dental Association recommends against the use of self-fitted or over-the-counter mouthguard for contact sports.

A custom-fitted mouthguard works by absorbing and spreading the impact of the damaging blow and is fabricated based on an impression of the user's teeth and jaw.
A custom-fitted mouthguard is far superior to an over-the-counter mouthguard because it's specially designed to fit the exact contours of the user's mouth. In addition, a custom-fitted mouthguard balances your bite allowing for clear speech and normal breathing. If properly used and stored, a custom-fitted mouthguard should last several seasons.

In contrast, a self-fitted, over-the-counter mouthguard, which includes what is commonly known as a boil-and-bite mouthguard, should not be used. It does not protect the teeth, is loosely fitted, impedes breathing and speaking, and can even wedge in the back of the throat at impact which could be life-threatening.

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