Sports guards, mouth guards and mouth protectors are all devices worn over your teeth that protect them from injury. They are very important for anyone participating in a sport that might result in a trauma to their mouth. Mouth guards typically cover the upper teeth and protect against breaks and cuts. If you wear braces or other dental appliances (such as a bridge) on your lower jaw, your dentist may also suggest a mouth protector for those teeth.
There are three types of mouth guards. The type of guard you choose should be strong and comfortable. It should also fit properly and not obstruct your breathing.