Snowboarder skiing down a ski slope

Custom made mouthguards (gum shields)

What is a gum shield/mouthguard?

A mouthguard (gum shield) is a custom made, a flexible rubber-like appliance which covers and snuggly fits over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.

Custom-fitted mouthguards

Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made by the dental technician based on your dentist’s strict description. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, and a mouth guard is then moulded over the model using a special material. It allows for the best protection for your teeth whilst providing better comfort at the same time, as the shield is specifically designed for you.

What is the price of a sports mouthguard?

The cost of a gum shield varies, depending on the complexity of the design and colour desired. Although, when you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of losing teeth, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Who needs a sports shield?

Sports Shields should be used by anyone (children and adults) who play contact sports such as rugby, football, boxing, hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard.

Why use a mouth guard when playing sports?

The advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures or even the tooth loss. Sport shields also help to avoid soft tissues damage, e.g. laceration and bruising of lips, cheeks, or tongue.

Can I wear a mouth guard if I wear braces?

As an injury to the face could damage braces or other fixed appliances, a properly fitted mouthguard is essential for people who wear braces or have fixed bridgework.

An important reminder: do not wear any orthodontic retainers or other removable appliance during any contact sports or during any recreational activities that put your mouth at risk for injury.

How do I care for my mouth guard?

To care for your mouth guard:

  • Before and after each use rinse the sports guard with cold water and clean it with soap and a soft brush.
  • Keep it in a firm, perforated container to store or transport it to prevent damage.
  • Protect the mouth guard from high temperatures, such as hot water, hot surfaces, or direct sunlight.
  • Check the mouth guard for general wear. If you find holes or tears in it or if it becomes loose or causes discomfort, replace it.
Children playing hockey wearing mouth guards
Boy on scooter wearing helmet and mouth guard
Boys playing contact sports wearing mouth guards

What is a gum shield/mouthguard?

A mouthguard (gum shield) is a custom made, a flexible rubber-like appliance which covers and snuggly fits over your teeth and gums, cushioning them and protecting them from damage.

Custom-fitted mouthguards

Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made by the dental technician based on your dentist’s strict description. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, and a mouth guard is then moulded over the model using a special material. It allows for the best protection for your teeth whilst providing better comfort at the same time, as the shield is specifically designed for you.

What is the price of a sports mouthguard?

The cost of a gum shield varies, depending on the complexity of the design and colour desired. Although, when you consider the cost of expensive dental work and the risk of losing teeth, it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

Who needs a sports shield?

Sports Shields should be used by anyone (children and adults) who play contact sports such as rugby, football, boxing, hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard.

Why use a mouth guard when playing sports?

The advantage of using a mouth guard during sports is that it can help limit the risk of serious injuries such as broken teeth, jaw fractures or even the tooth loss. Sport shields also help to avoid soft tissues damage, e.g. laceration and bruising of lips, cheeks, or tongue.

Can I wear a mouth guard if I wear braces?

As an injury to the face could damage braces or other fixed appliances, a properly fitted mouthguard is essential for people who wear braces or have fixed bridgework.

An important reminder: do not wear any orthodontic retainers or other removable appliance during any contact sports or during any recreational activities that put your mouth at risk for injury.

How do I care for my mouth guard?

To care for your mouth guard:

  • Before and after each use rinse the sports guard with cold water and clean it with soap and a soft brush.
  • Keep it in a firm, perforated container to store or transport it to prevent damage.
  • Protect the mouth guard from high temperatures, such as hot water, hot surfaces, or direct sunlight.
  • Check the mouth guard for general wear. If you find holes or tears in it or if it becomes loose or causes discomfort, replace it.

Dental Examination

Children's Dentistry

Dental Hygienist

Airflow

Dental Fillings

Dentures

Nervous Patients

Tooth Extraction

Cancer Screening

Mouthguards

Get In Touch

Contact Details

Call

01803 380090

Email

reception@parkhilldental.co.uk

Address

Parkhill Dental Practice,
3 Parkhill Road,
Torquay,
TQ1 2AL,
Devon

Hours

Mon - Thur: 8.30am - 5pm
Fri: 8.00 - 3pm
Weekends: closed