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Mouthguards are a "plastic" appliance, clear or coloured, worn over the upper teeth. They shield the teeth in an impact situation by providing a cushion which gives protection when the jaws are driven hard together. The New Zealand Dental Association recommends a good mouthguard should be of sufficient thickness in the correct areas, resilient, well retained, comfortable, and should not interfere with speaking and breathing.

The NZDA recommends the following:

  • always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports
  • a properly fitted, custom made mouthguard offers the best protection
  • ask your dentist about the best mouthguard for YOU
  • REMEMBER a broken tooth is damaged for LIFE¬†
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