Why is a custom-made mouthguard better than something off the shelf?
The British Dental Health strongly recommend dental impressions be taken of your teeth. From that mould of your teeth a professional individually designed mouthguard can be manufactured to give you the best chance of your teeth and bones surviving a big hit or a wayward ball or stick. A boil and bite mouthguard is not recommended , it is false economy buying a cheap over the counter product. It is difficult to fit with a risk of burning your mouth, they can make you gag and it is uncomfortable to wear by not staying in place making it almost impossible to talk and breathe. Players have been known to choke during sport after swallowing this type of product and, as they do not fit well, the teeth that they touch are more prevalent to be knocked out upon impact. You can breathe, talk and perform at your best with a custom-made mouthguard.
I have teeth missing, is that a problem?
It is no problem. Our technicians check each impression that gets sent to the laboratory and loose or missing teeth are ‘blocked-out’ on the stone models to allow for optimum fit. 4D Ceramix handcraft custom mouthguards for whatever you have going on in your mouth. Once they are fully in you’ll likely need a new guard as your mouth has changed significantly. If you are an adult, we will craft your mouthguard to fit your teeth perfectly, even with the open space.
I have crooked teeth, is that a problem?
Not at all! 4D Ceramix handcraft custom mouthguards for whatever you have going on in your mouth. In fact, we craft the only mouthguard that will fit you perfectly. Why? Because we start with a exact impression of your teeth and this gives us an exact representation of your mouth. From that impression, we pour a model and craft your guard to only you, perfectly!
Can I wear a mouthguard with orthodontic braces?
Absolutely. The only difference is that the traditional method of taking impressions is not suitable for those with braces so a digital impression will be taken using an intra oral scanner. The lab technicians will then produce a digital dental model using this data. The mouthguard is then formed using the digital model to fit over the braces. There will be sufficient space for the treating orthodontist to move the teeth during the orthodontic treatment, without compromising the fit of the mouthguard. A new mouthguard will ned to be made once the braces have been removed.
How long do your mouthguards last?
Chewing the mouthguard is not allowed! All mouthguards should last at least one season, but regular checks for tears, distortion or bite-through should be done. Factors such as primary tooth loss, growth and frequency of use will affect the fit and life span of the mouthguard. In children up to approximately 13 years, mouthguards will need replacing each year. Our mouthguards are custom fitted and in children of this age, the shape of the mouth changes quite appreciably each year. The mouthguard will therefore not fit as precise the next season. In players of 14 years and older, the mouthguard should last a couple of seasons depending on wear rate.
At what age would a child need to start wearing a mouthguard?
As soon as the upper permanent incisor teeth have erupted, the child is old enough for a mouthguard.
How do I clean and store my mouthguard?
After use wash your mouthguard in cold water and when you get home use your toothbrush to gently scrub it with water to remove the saliva and any food debris. Do not use toothpaste or solvents which can abrade and hot water or heat which will distort the shape of the mouthguard. A quick rinse in a non-alcoholic mouthwash will help improve the taste and smell of your mouthguard. Store your mouthguard in its case which we provide free of charge with each custom-made mouthguard.
I’ve lost my mouthguard?
Your dental models are kept for 12 months so we can remake the mouthguard quickly at a reduced cost without having to retake the dental impression.
If you have any other questions not answered here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.