An over-the-counter ‘stock’ mouthguard is pre-formed, without any level of shaping or trimming to suit the player’s mouth. While inexpensive, it is bulky and uncomfortable. It can make your speech and breathing difficult and can even lacerate the mouth. This mouthguard offers the least amount of protection and is not recommended by dental professionals.A ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard is shaped to the teeth using the fingers and bite pressure. It is not an exact fit, so provides little comfort. This type of mouthguard tends to lose its shape, become loose and is often not worn. It can also increase the likelihood of dental damage.Made from thermoformed plastic, a custom mouthguard is moulded exactly to your mouth shape by a qualified dental professional. It is thinner and fits securely, providing optimum comfort and the best protection against injury.
Your custom-made mouthguard will last one to two years, depending on the age of the player. Children up to the age of 15 will require a new mouthguard each year. Older children and adults should have their mouthguard checked yearly, as it may show signs of wear depending on the amount of usage.
It’s a good idea to store your mouthguard in its case whenever it’s not in use. This way it will be protected from any unforeseen damage. Do not leave your mouthguard in direct sunlight or a hot car, as this could cause it harm.
Keep your mouthguard clean by rinsing it under running water (not hot) before and after each use. Periodically, leave it to soak in a sink filled with lukewarm water – you could add mouthwash to the water, rinsing after soaking. Never use regular toothpaste, as this will damage your mouthguard.
Your TUFF sports mouthguard has been made to fit your teeth exactly. You should be able to breathe, speak and swallow as normal.
A custom made mouthguard should never feel uncomfortable or sore. If you do experience pain, then call us right away. Do not attempt to adjust the mouthguard yourself.
Most private health funds will offer a rebate on the cost of your mouthguard, making it more affordable than you may realise. Check with your health fund provider to confirm your level of cover.
We can make a custom-fit mouthguard that fits over your orthodontic braces. You will need to have your mouthguard checked regularly for any tooth movement which may affect the fit.
We can print your name and contact details inside the mouthguard for easy identification. We also keep our teeth impressions for xx months, so if there has been no change to your teeth, we can make a replacement mouthguard for you quickly and conveniently.
If you start to experience sore spots or rubbing, we recommend a quick appointment so we check if it’s in alignment. Your mouthguard must fit you comfortably to ensure the best protection.