Frequently Asked Questions
- How much do Guardlab Mouthguards cost?
- How long does an appointment take?
- Why do I need a custom guard?
- Which guard is right for me?
- What happens during the scanning process?
- How soon can I get my guard?
- If I lose it, do I need to be rescanned?
- What if I have braces?
- How often should I be rescanned?
- Can a mouthguard prevent concussions?
- Do you offer team discounts?
"How much do GuardLab Mouthguards cost?"
GuardLab offers the best mouthguard on the market. We are committed to offering a bespoke product of the highest quality at an accessible price point for athletes everywhere. As of March 15, 2017, GuardLab will offer three types of custom mouthguards, priced as follows:
ARC-PRO Guards (Lower and Upper) are recommended for customer aged 15 to adults. The price is $224.95 for the first guard (including a mandatory 3D scan) and only $124.95 for any additional guards from the same scan.
PRO Guards (Upper) are recommended for customers aged 8 years old to adults. The price is 2 for $129.95 with color and sport of your choice, or $159.95 for a fully customized model. A special introductory price of 2 guards for $99.95 (including a mandatory 3D scan) is being offered at participating locations through Scan Events. Visit https://www.guardlab.com/pages/scan-event to learn more.
Recovery Guards (Light Bruxism Guard) are recommended for customers aged 15 to adults. The price is 2 for 129.95 with color and sport of your choice, or $159.95 for a fully customized model. A special introductory price of 2 guards for $99.95 (including a mandatory 3D scan) is being offered at participating locations through Scan Events. Visit https://www.guardlab.com/pages/scan-event to learn more.
"How long does an appointment take?"
Our scanning process is quick and simple. We schedule appointments for 30 minutes. Within 15-30 minutes, a GuardLab Certified Scan Technician uses a 3D scanner to capture images of your teeth, creating an exact digital model. We then align your bite to an optimized position, capture a final scan, and you’re all done!
"Why do I need a custom guard? My boil-and-bite one seems to be just fine."
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 young athletes given that the comfort of the guard increases the likelihood that it will be worn. Our mouthguard fittings are fast and putty-free.
So now the technical part: Do I need an ARC-PRO Guard (a neuromuscular guard) or a PRO Guard? Good question. When we create your Neuromuscular 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, oxygenation, strength and explosive power. Pretty cool stuff, we know. The ARC-PRO Guards are worn by the pros, including UFC Fighters, WBO boxers and MLB, NBA and NFL players - but they're available to everyone. The PRO Guard also gives you great protection for any contact sports, and at a more accessible price point.
"So which guard is right for me?"
For non-contact sports (soccer, baseball, sparring, weightlifting, etc.) we recommend our ARC-PRO (Lower) Guard. It fits nicely along the bottom teeth for a perfect fit. For contact sports (football, lacrosse, wrestling, etc.), you will need our Upper ARC-PRO or PRO Guards to keep your teeth protected while playing. It fits snugly along the top teeth so it won't fall out and you can talk and breathe with it in. Upper ARC-PRO and PRO Guards can be made with different thicknesses for protection and comfort, depending on your sport. Lastly, we highly recommend our 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.
"So what happens during the scanning process? Does it hurt?"
No, it won’t hurt and it's so easy! The device is small and comfortably fits within your mouth. The tech will take a few (thousand!) images of your teeth while you sit comfortably in chair and within a half hour, you are done. Bada boom, bada bing. And don’t be surprised if your tech tries to talk to you, they are awfully friendly...
"How soon can I get my guard?"
After you've been scanned, we do our very best to send you the guard within 10-14 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.
"If I lose it, do I need to be rescanned?"
Nope. We keep your 3D-printed digital impression in our labs. 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, sometimes as fast as 48 hours.
"What if I have braces?"
No problem! We can make a mouthguard for those of you with braces as well.
"How often should I be rescanned?"
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.
"Can a mouthguard prevent concussions?"
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.
"Do you offer team discounts?"
Absolutely. Our Scan Teams are traveling coast to coast with scanners in hand. Visit https://www.guardlab.com/pages/scan-event to learn more and organize your own Scan Event.