How do I Care for my Mouth Guard?
- Always store your mouth guard in a clean rigid container (most mouth guards come with this)
- Rinse it in cold water after use.
- Keep it out of direct sunlight- the heat can sometimes distort the shape.
How Long will my Mouth Guard Last?
How long your mouth guard lasts depends on how well you look after it and on your teeth not changing position. During a growing phrase, when baby teeth are being lost and adult teeth are coming through, a custom mouth guard is likely to last about 6 months.
Your teeth shuffle around a little as you get older, so even as an adult, if you haven’t worn the mouth guard for sometime, you may find that it feels really tight or doesn’t sit properly.
If you’re unsure whether it needs replacing, ask your dentist to check it is still fitting correctly.
How Much do Mouth Guards Cost?
You can pick up a thermoplastic (boil and bite) mouth guard from a sports shop for between $20-$60.
A custom-made dentist guard would be $150-$ 250 depending on the dentist and the thickness required. Sometimes they will also charge extra for multiple colours so ask if this is something you would like.
The lifetime cost of a dental injury, certainly justifies spending that bit extra on a decent mouthguard to ensure the best possible comfort and protection for your smile.