Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Are these the same mouthguards as in the dental office?

Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Custom Fitted Mouthguards

Yes, if the Dental office is using the same high quality material as the Proform material. Nicole is professionally trained in the fabrication of custom-made mouthguards. Doing all of the work herself, she knows the unique structures involved with every case and can spend extra attention to ensure a superior fit at an affordable price.

Does my Dental Insurance cover it ?

Since there are many different dental insurance plans available, Genesis Dental Hygiene Care does not direct bill insurance companies. Most insurance companies do not cover mouthguards, however, please check with your HR representative, or check your dental insurance booklet. If you do have coverage, an insurance form will be completed at the time of deliver.  It will then be up to you to forward the form onto the insurance provider.

How long will the mouthguard last ?

All mouthguards should be replaced after 1-2 years depending on the retention, thickness and comfort level. A child’s mouth changes as they grow and develop and this can affect how the mouthguard will fit. The mouthguard should be at least 3mm thick, have good retention and not impede breathing ability.

What if my child is loosing teeth ?

Although areas can be accommodated for new tooth growth, custom-made mouthguards are made for that particular time when the impression is taken. Depending on how many baby teeth are falling out and the rate at which the adult teeth are coming in, there may be a narrow window of time where a boil and bite guard is more cost effective, usually around 11 to 12 years of age. We are happy to guide you with that decision.

Can a mouthguard fit over braces ?

Yes. Special attention must be taken when dealing with orthodontic braces. It is important to be aware of the orthodontic treatment plan especially if teeth are being moved dramatically, or removed altogether. If braces are worn on both the top and bottom, you may want to consider a dual arch protector. These mouthguards can be difficult to breath and talk with! Custom-made mouthguards do provide protection to the more susceptible upper teeth and they will reduce the trauma associated with jaw fractures and concussions.

What is the difference between custom and store bought or boil and bite?

Stock mouth guards are made of rubber or a polyvinyl copolymer and may be purchased at local stores or pharmacies. While the physical and mechanical properties of these mouth guards are acceptable, sizes are limited often resulting in a loose and cumbersome fit. They also may interfere with speech and breathing and require that the jaws be closed to hold the mouth guard in place. Since very little can be done to adjust the fit of stock mouth guards, many athletes find them uncomfortable and consider them the least satisfactory of the three types of mouth guards.

Mouth-formed protectors are also known as boil & bite mouth guards and are made of thermoplastic vinyl. These mouth guards are placed in boiling water for 10 to 45 seconds, transferred to cold water and then adapted to the teeth. These are also found in most stores, however, offer limited comfort, speech and breathing ability.

The custom-made mouth guard is the superior type of mouth guard available because it is fabricated by a dental professional to fit the unique characteristics of the athlete’s mouth. Composed of a thermoplastic polymer and fabricated over a cast of the athlete’s dentition, the custom mouth protector does not have the bulk or retention problems associated with the other types of mouth guards. These are the most comfortable mouth guards to wear! Research has shown that athletes can breathe 40% better with custom-made mouth protectors as opposed to all other types, and speech is minimally affected. Having a good flow of oxygen is essential for optimal performance and reduces the chance of muscle fatigue.