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