Coastal Dental Care offers a range of mouthguards for sport-loving patients on the Gold Coast
All our Coastal Dental Care practices offer NO GAP dual layer mouthguards in a single colour for all private health fund members. That means you won’t have any out of pocket costs for a dual layer, single colour custom-made mouthguard if you are with a private health fund.
When considering what the best mouthguard for you or your child’s needs is, there are a few simple things you should keep in mind. Firstly, not all mouthguards are created equal. And secondly; the best way to take care of your oral health is to visit a dentist.
Thousands of people in Australia suffer dental-related problems playing sports when they don’t wear a custom-made mouthguard. That’s why it’s so important to visit a dentist for your next mouthguard.
There are two main types of mouthguards:
- Over-the-counter mouthguards
- 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 it 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 also fit with the anatomy of your jaw. Further to this, the boil-and-bite models are generally a little bulky, and if they get too hot, they can lose their shape and become uncomfortable.
If you want a mouthguard which is going to provide the best support, as well as be comfortable, you will want a custom-made one.
Seeing as they are crafted to perfectly suit your bite and jaw anatomy, custom-made mouthguards are definitely the more comfortable option; plus they provide you with greater support.
It’s been shown that a properly fitted mouthguard can, in some cases, minimise the effects of concussion. It is believed that by biting down on a mouthguard, your head rattles around less and this is believed to help minimise the effects of concussion.
As dentists, Coastal Dental Care strongly recommends the custom-made option. Not only do they better protect your health, they also last longer.
Types of mouthguards Coastal Dental Care offer patients on the Gold Coast and the surrounding areas
Coastal Dental Care offer 3 main types of custom-made mouthguards:
- Single layer
Suitable for children under 12, a single layer mouthguard is designed to be flexible for growing teeth. This type of mouthguard is great to help children get used to wearing a mouthguard during sport.
- Dual layer
Suitable for children over 12 as well as adults, the dual layer uses thicker components than the single layer. This provides extra support for adult teeth.
- Dual layer with hard insert
Suitable for people 12 and up, this mouthguard has a hard insert designed especially for shock absorption. The dual layer with hard insert is for high-impact sports and, despite the additions of the shock-absorbing insert, still allows for breathing and movement.
Mouthguards to suit your needs
When you visit a Coastal Dental Care dentist, we will discuss your options to determine the best mouthguard option for you. Whether you are looking for a mouthguard for your child or for yourself, we can help you.
Don’t risk your oral and dental health, contact Coastal Dental Care today.