Mouthguards while participating in sports are a necessary piece of equipment. Sports guards are a removable dental appliance that guards and covers your teeth. These are designed to protect the teeth when engaging in high-contact sports activities in case of any impacts to the face, mouth, and/or teeth.
While custom-fitted sports guards are more expensive than off-the-shelf varieties, they provide better comfort and protection.
The ADA recommends wearing a sports mouthguard while participating in the following:
Nightguards, or occlusal guards, are designed to minimize the effects of bruxism (grinding teeth) and other jaw alignment problems. These guards protect you from wearing down, chipping, and compromising your teeth while you are sleeping.
Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C., Advantage Dental Group, P.C., DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C., Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C.