Many of our patients play sports, either for recreation or in a competitive nature; whether you wear braces or not, if you play a contact sport, it is important to protect your teeth from injury. Mouthguards are dental appliances designed to protect your teeth and gums from injury when playing a sport. The American Dental Association (ADA) highly endorses the frequent use of mouthguards when participating in a contact sport, recreational or otherwise.
When choosing a mouthguard, you have three options:
• Pre-made mouthguards
• Boil and bite fitted guards
• Custom-made mouthguards
For truly custom-made mouthguards, give us a call and let Drs. Fay, Redden, and Bayley fit you for a protective appliance. Customized mouthguards offer the best protection because they are made to fit your teeth and mouth precisely. Customized mouthguards result in fewer instances of the appliance slipping or falling out during play. Regardless of which type of mouthguard you choose, you want to make sure that it meets the following criteria:
• Fits well in your mouth
• Easy to clean
• Allows for proper airflow
• Doesn’t restrict breathing
• Is comfortable to wear
At New Concept Dental Services, we can provide you with information on choosing the right mouthguard and show you how to wear it properly so your smile is always protected. If you’re an athlete in Wilmington, DE, give us a call today.