Why You Should Choose Custom Mouthguards Instead of Over-the-Counter Mouthguards



April 1, 2022

Mouthguards can be separated into two main categories: over-the-counter mouthguards and custom-made mouthguards. Over-the-counter mouthguards are available for sale at many sports equipment retailers, as they are often an essential part of the uniform when you play contact sports. Over-the-counter mouthguards are quite affordable and the variety of fits includes classic, slim, sport and braces. The product range also includes different mouthguard thicknesses such as single, dual, and triple layers. Some over-the-counter mouthguards have pre-made moulds for teeth to ensure a tight but comfortable fit. Over-the-counter mouthguards, however, tend not to fit as seamlessly as custom-made mouthguards. Here at Coastal Dental Care, we believe that custom-made mouthguards are superior because they are perfectly moulded to your teeth. Whether you need a teeth grinding solution or to protect your mouth during contact sports, get in touch with our dental professionals today and we will get you started on the journey of finding the mouthguard that is exactly right for your mouth, your individual needs and your lifestyle.

Mouthguards Custom-Fit to Your Mouth

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 for Teeth Grinding: The Perfect Teeth Grinding Solution

Mouthguards for teeth grinding are not dissimilar to sports mouthguards. Orthodontics specialists at Coastal Dental Care recommend mouthguards for teeth grinding, as this helps to protect your teeth from the ongoing damage that grinding and clenching can cause to your teeth, mouth and jaw. Avoid cracked teeth and limit the effects of stress with a mouthguard that is custom-fit to your teeth and is comfortable to wear overnight. 

Other Benefits of Custom-Fit Mouthguards

Custom-made mouthguards are fabricated in a dental laboratory or on-site at Coastal Dental Care, by using the impressions of your teeth. This means the dental technician can uniquely design the mouthguard to fit your teeth, jaw and gum line. A seamless fit will result in greater comfort while wearing the mouthguard. This means you are more likely to wear your mouthguard during sporting activities or at night if you suffer from teeth grinding or teeth jaw clenching, leading to maximum protection. 

At our Coastal Dental Care practices, you can choose from a variety of colours and customisations for your mouthguard. Most practices also give the option to customise the mouthguard by placing your initials, favourite numbers, logos or images on it, which is popular with kids who play sports. Therefore, you will be able to design a mouthguard uniquely for yourself or your child and limit the possibility of misplacing it or someone else confusing it with their own. If you have private health insurance, we offer a no out of pocket option for custom mouthguards. If you don’t have private health insurance, a mouthguard is still affordable (and well worth the customisation) and can cost between $120 and $240.

Visit orthodontics specialists here at Coastal Dental Care and discuss the need for a custom mouthguard today. Book an appointment online with us or check out our many locations on the Gold Coast.