do i really need a mouthguard?

Mouthguards should be used as your first line of defence.

Getting active is amazing for our physical health, and we don’t need to be told twice here in Australia! Adults and kids alike across the country are involved in a huge variety of activities, whether just for fun or professionally.

However, while your fitness levels will thank you for it, sometimes these sports carry risk. Injuries to your mouth could put you off your game for months, literally. Mouthguards should be used as your first line of defence when involved in contact sports or any sport carrying risk.

Let smilogy explain more…

Mouthguards are an essential piece of protection for you or your child if you play sports. They prevent dental trauma to the teeth, mouth, gum, cheeks, and jaw. Dental injuries can range from cracked or knocked out teeth to broken bones, cuts, nerve damage and more.

As you might imagine, injuries like that are simply no fun. They can lead to a lifetime of dental trauma, and with that, a burning hole in your pocket.

That sounds scary, but thankfully, largely avoidable. Not enough people wear them, but they do a fantastic job of lowering the rates of pain and trauma.

who needs a mouthguard?

Athletes of all ages, abilities and genders could be at risk when playing contact sports. In fact, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you should wear one even when there’s just a chance of collision. They want you to consider it mandatory, and so do smilogy.

Some key sports where you should consider wearing one include:

  • Rugby league
  • Rugby union
  • Hockey
  • Boxing
  • Martial arts
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Water polo
  • Netball
  • Baseball
  • Gymnastics
  • Skateboarding

not all mouthguards are equal

There are three different types of mouthguard. One is simply called a “stock” mouthguard, meaning that it’s one-size-fits-all. Obviously, this isn’t designed with you in mind, rendering it essentially useless.

Next, there’s boil and bite mouthguards. These involve messy at-home moulding kits, which are often tricky to get right. They can become loose, lodge in the back of your throat and become a choking hazard. Both these and stock mouthguards are not recommended, so don’t take your chances.

Finally, there are custom mouthguards. These are by far the most superior, as recommended by the ADA. They can only be created by dentists – yep, that’s us!

what’s better about a custom mouthguard?

Custom mouthguards fit to the exact contours of your mouth because they’re made off a perfect impression of it. At smilogy, we use a 100% 3D scanner to get to know the ins and outs of your mouth so you can achieve the perfect fit.

When mouthguards fit well, they offer maximum impact protection. They’re more comfortable, they’re not at risk of moving around, and they don’t affect breathing. Specifically, they balance your bite so that any force upon contact is absorbed evenly.

In addition to a personalised bite, you’ll be able to make your mouthguard your own. They’re fully customisable with your team colours and designs, and we can even print your name or phone number in case it gets lost.

For a small investment, you get a big reward. Providing you store it properly, keep it clean and don’t let it melt in the sun, you can use your mouthguard again and again.

order your mouthguard

smilogy is proud to offer mouthguards exceeding the recommendations of the Australian Dental Association. Our custom-fit mouthguards are tailored to your smile so that you can stay in the game.

Come in for a quick and easy 3D scan at a convenient location near you. Book now!

Dr Luke Cronin

Dr Luke Cronin

As a graduate of the University of Queensland (2000, 2013) and the University of Sydney (2006), Dr Cronin is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic dentists, specialising in creating stunning new smiles with cutting edge cosmetic dentistry techniques, including clear aligners, whitening and porcelain veneers.

Dr Cronin's work has been showcased in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Elle magazine and in 2019 he was awarded Australasian Dentist of the Year by My Face My Body in 2019.

Acknowledged an expert in his field for segments on the Today Show and House of Wellness, Dr Cronin now offers his first-class cosmetic treatments and customer care at smilogy.

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