FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q1. How much do Guardlab mouthguards cost?
A1. GuardLab offers the best mouthguards on the planet. We are committed to offering a bespoke product of the highest quality, at an attainable price point for every athlete. Here's how the pricing works:
- APEX Guard: Semi-Custom Fit, comes in 3 universal sizes. Suitable for everyone and self-fit at home. Simply boil, bite and wear. $29.95 each or $39.95 each with personal customization.
- PRO Guard: Custom Fit to the individual. The perfect upgrade from an APEX Guard and our best selling custom-fit guard. The price is $79.95 for a plain guard or $89.95 with personal customization. Can be measured with an At-Home Kit or with a 3D Digital Scan (for an extra fee, see the next question!)
- ARC-PRO Guard: Custom Fit by 3D Scan only. Comes in 2 styles: Upper Protection or Lower Performance. These neuromuscular guards represent the highest level of protection and performance and favored by elite, collegiate, and professional athletes. The price is $149.95 each with personal customization (not including the price of a 3D scan)
- RECOVERY Guard: Custom Fit to the individual. Comes in 2 styles: Upper or Lower. Allows you to get a better night's sleep while preventing damage from clenching and light grinding (bruxism), recover quicker and perform better the next day.
Q2: How much does it cost for a Home Kit or 3D Scan?
A2. Home Kits are $14.95 and the price includes a fitting kit and 2-way shipping. Home Kits are only available for PRO Guards or Recovery Guards.
3D Scans are only provided by Certified GuardLab Dentists. The dental scan fee is payable to the Dentist, at the time of your appointment. The cost is up to $100, depending on the Dentist and their location.
Q3. Is it worth getting a 3D scan?
A3. Whenever possible, we always recommend a 3D scan if it’s available in your area. Why? Because nothing beats the impeccable comfort, ease and digital accuracy of a 3D scan. A dental professional uses a small camera, about the same size as a toothbrush, to create a digital impression that captures every ridge and curve of your teeth. Athletes love the modern process, say goodbye to putty! Remember, this is not a dental exam, it's only a 3D scan for a mouthguard but if you like your visit to our GuardLab dentist, you should consider visit them again... we bet they are awfully nice…
Bonus: once your digital impression is on file, you won't need to repeat the process unless you undergo major changes or dental work to your teeth. Generally one fitting is you need for a lifetime of custom mouthguards!
Q4. How do I select the thickness of my mouthguard?
A4. When you select your Custom guard, tell us the primary sport you will be using the mouthguard for. This will help us to determine the right thickness and level of protection for your sport. If you plan to use your guard for more than one sport, choose the primary sport that needs the most protection.
Q5. How long does shipping and manufacturing take?
Q5. APEX Guards are usually shipped out in 2 days, they are great if you just can't wait.
Home Kits will be mailed to your home in 2 days, and after you send in your impression, expect another 7-12 business days for your Custom Guard to be ready. Home fitting should take no more than 30 minutes. Watch our video.
Once your 3D Scan is sent in by a Dentist, your Custom Guard will be ready in approximately 7-12 business days. A scan takes a few minutes and your overall appointment may take up to 30 minutes.
Q6. Why do I need an APEX Guard or a Custom-fit guard? My boil-and-bite one seems to be just fine...
A6. You are right - the boil-and-bite guards are “just fine”, but don’t you deserve the best protection while you play?
A well-designed custom guard provides the highest level of protection because its design can be individualized for both the athlete and the sport.
The precise 3D scanning ensures an EXCELLENT, snug fit and optimal comfort. This is particularly important for our youth athletes because the comfort of the guard increases the likelihood that it will be worn.
So now the technical part: when we create your individual guard we optimize the position of your jaw to help absorb impact and dissipate pressure to assist in injury prevention. Additionally, it has been proven that this perfect alignment enhances flexibility, balance, strength and explosive power.
Pretty cool stuff, we know. We are stoked about what we do and hope you are too!
Q7. So which guard is right for me?
A7. For non-contact sports (soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc.), we recommend our Lower Performance Guard. It fits nicely along the bottom teeth for a perfect fit. For contact sports (football, lacrosse, wrestling, etc.), you will need our Upper Protection Guard to keep your teeth protected while you are playing. It fits snugly along the top teeth so it won’t fall out. We highly recommend our Night Recovery Guard for ALL athletes year round. The Recovery Guard allows you to get a better night's sleep, recover quicker and perform better the next day.
Q6. How soon can I get my guard?
A6. After you've been scanned, we do our very best to send you the guard within 5 business days. If you need it sooner, please give us a call as quickly as possible and let us know. We will do our absolute best to work around your schedule.
Q7. If I lose it, do I need to be rescanned?
A7. Nope. We keep your 3D-printed impression in our labs so if you need another one, simply re-order online, send us an email or give us a call. We will ship you the replacement guard as soon as possible.
Q8. What if I have braces?
A8. No problem! We can make a mouthguard for those of you with braces as well.
Q9. How often should I be rescanned?
A9. How quickly your teeth will shift depends on various factors. Since everyone’s situation is unique, we recommend calling us if you are feeling any discomfort with your guard over any period of time. It could be 1, 3, 6, 9 months from now, just please call us. Your comfort and experience are important to us, and we will talk through options and next steps at that time.
Q10. Can a mouthguard prevent concussions?
A10. Great question, but unfortunately the results are mixed within the industry.
With that said, based on our research, we can tell you that mouthguard materials by nature have shock absorption qualities. Sports Dentistry states the following:
“Mouthguards must be resilient and yet soft enough to absorb impact energy and reduce transmitted forces. When a properly-fitted and balanced custom-made mouthguard is in place then, there is a forward/downward movement of the jaw, thus opening the space between the glenoid fossa and the condylar head. This may reduce the opportunity for the condylar head to directly impact the glenoid fossa after an upward blow to the jaw, thus reducing the impact and acceleration forces to the entire temporal region.”
Ok so that was a lot of technical jargon, but net-net, a mouthguard MIGHT assist in the prevention of concussions by creating space within the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and reducing the impact to the jaw. There are no guarantees when it comes to concussions, but here at GuardLab, we are going to do our absolute best to keep you protected.
Q11. Do you offer team discounts?
A11. Absolutely. If you get your team to come in we will take $25.00 off of everyone’s first guard. Email email@example.com to get started.
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