Many people believe that you only need a mouthguard if you have braces while playing a sport. However, this is not true; whether you have braces or not, if you are involved in a contact sport, a mouthguard can protect your teeth. These dental appliances provide added protection to your teeth and gums, preventing injury during play. The dentists at Progressive Dental Arts recommend mouthguards for contact sports as does the American Dental Association (ADA).
When choosing a mouthguard, you have three choices: pre-made, “boil and bite” guards, and custom-made guards that are fitted in our office. Custom-made mouthguards offer the best protection because they are customized to your teeth and mouth exactly. This means there are fewer chances that the mouthguard will slip out of your mouth during play.
Whichever type of mouthguard you select, you want to make sure it meets the following criteria:
• Fits well
• Easy to clean
• And, that you can properly breathe
The dentists at Progressive Dental Arts in Newark, DE, can provide you with valuable information and services regarding mouthguards to make sure you protect your smile while you play the sport you love.