Uses and types of mouthguards
"Dr. Trudeau, why should you wear a mouthguard?"
- While mouthguards are not mandatory equipment in all sports, their worth is indisputable. Mouthguards cushion blows to the face and neck. A mouthguard should be part of every athlete's gear, no matter the sport. Even adults or weekend athletes need to protect their smile and preserve their health.
- Do: At Dale Trudeau DDS we feel you should wear a mouthguard at all times when playing sports. Wear a mouthguard custom-fitted by your dentist, especially if you wear bridges or braces.
- Don't: Wear removable appliances like retainers when playing sports. There are two types of mouthguards:
- Custom-made: Designed by a dentist and made on a cast of your teeth. These cause very little interference with speaking or breathing. They provide the best protection and fit over braces and fixed bridges. They also cost more.
- Ready-made: Purchased at most sporting goods stores. They are the least expensive, the least effective, and least comfortable.
Please call our office if you would like to "play it safe!" and wear a comfortable mouthguard and protect your teeth.