Mouthguards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends you wear a mouthguard. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-made mouthguard from a dentist. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable, and well fitted for your mouth, is easy to keep clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly.