Mouthguards and Orthodontics
What to do to protect yourself while you are in active Orthodontic treatment when traditional mouthguards just won’t fit
Mouthguard wear is strongly recommended for many activities such as Football, Rugby, Hockey and Basketball
Following a global shutdown of events due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, we are happy to now see the re- commencement of community team sports here in Perth.
Mouthguard wear is strongly recommended for many activities such as Football, Rugby, Hockey and Basketball. Although this does not completely eliminate risk of injury, evidence shows a reduced incidence of Dental, Facial and Brain trauma when one is utilised.
What to do then to protect yourself while you are in active Orthodontic treatment when traditional mouthguards just won’t fit?
Mount Lawley Orthodontics offers a range of alternatives to suit individual requirements.
These new, lightweight but very effective mouthguards do not require an impression but are professionally fitted chairside. They are ideal for patients who are in active fixed appliance treatment such as braces or at times when the dentition is growing and changing at a rapid rate, because they can be re-modelled up to 20 times to accommodate changes. Sisu mouthguards can be fitted and taken home for use on the same day.
Laboratory Custom Fitted.
Traditional mouthguards may be used to offer limited, shorter term use over braces. They are manufactured in the Dental laboratory after an impression or scan is taken. The mouthguard is then fitted at an appointment a few days later. These are designed for bespoke fit and comfort. Custom Mouthguards cannot be remodelled, although some slight adjustability can be achieved with chairside trimming if required. This makes it is most suitable for those whose dentition is likely to have minimal changes over a period of months, perhaps at the close of an active treatment phase.
Talk with our clinical staff about which option is best for you. Factors such as the type of sport, comfort, cost and health fund rebates will affect your choice.
Most importantly remember to wear it, even for training where injury risk is common. A mouthguard offers no protection if it remains stowed in your sports bag or is worn incorrectly – it’s all fun and games until someone knocks out a tooth!