Mouthguards are flexible dental appliances worn by athletes to protect teeth from possible damage. They are usually made of plastic materials that fit comfortably over your teeth and gums. There are over-the-counter variations available, but for the highest level of protection we recommend a custom fitted mouthguard that is made specifically for your smile.
Mouthguards prevent the lower jaw from impacting into the upper jaw, averting major injuries such as concussions, jaw fractures, neck injuries as well as limiting bruising and laceration of the lips and cheeks.
Whenever there is a possibility of contact either with other competitors or any immovable objects, we highly recommend the use of a mouthguard.
Many schools and sports leagues require the wearing of mouthguards during both practice and actual competition. Even if this is not mandatory, mouthguards should be worn during active involvement in sports. Parents in particular should ensure that children, who may not be aware of or fully understand the potential dangers, protect their winning smiles through the use of mouthguards.
If you would like to know more about mouthguards, please feel free to call our office today.