Mouthguards provide teeth with protection from trauma for those who play contact sports. A mouthguard can also be used to stop teeth grinding that occurs during the night. These protective devices are available from dentists and chemists. While a mouthguard from the chemist is less expensive than one from the dentist, should you go with this option? It’s important to understand the differences between chemist-bought and dentist-provided mouthguards and weigh the pros and cons before making a purchase.
Mouthguards from the chemist
Purchasing a mouthguard from the chemist offers convenience and a lower price tag. Instead of having to make an appointment with the dentist and go through the process of having a custom-made mouthguard created, you can select a ready-made one from the store and wear it right away. Due to the one-size-fits-all nature of mouthguards found at the chemist, they do not cost as much as the custom-made ones from the dentist. You also do not have to schedule follow-up visits in order to ensure a proper fit as you would with a custom-made mouthguard.
The disadvantages of mouthguards from the chemist
There are some key disadvantages related to chemist-bought mouthguards to take into consideration. Mouthguards from the chemist are:
- not as durable as those that come from the dentist and do not offer the same amount of protection during sports play
- often uncomfortable to wear due to an improper fit, which makes them more difficult to wear for the duration of the sporting match
- often bulky and can obstruct proper breathing, undermining the athlete’s ability to perform on the sporting field
Custom-made mouthguards from the dentist
Mouthguards from the dentist are custom-made, which helps ensure a proper and comfortable fit. Dentists check to make sure that these protective devices fit the way they should and make adjustments as needed. These custom-made mouthguards do require more than one trip to the dentist for a consultation and fittings. They also cost more than ones that come from the chemist, since they must be created in a laboratory.
The advantages of custom-made mouthguards
Custom-made mouthguards offer important benefits compared to mouthguards from the chemist, including:
- better protection for those who play contact sports and for those who have a serious problem with teeth grinding
- highly durable material that is less likely to be chewed through
- a custom fit so that wearing the mouthguard is comfortable
We have a range of colours available at Castle Dental. Because we make all our mouthguards in house turnover times are very quick, usually less than a week. If you would like more information on mouthguards for sports or teeth grinding, talk to your dentist about your options today. This can help you to determine your best mouthguard option.