Best Mouthguards Reviewed and Tested in 2017
Ah, mouthguards. A tiny, but important, maybe even crucial piece of fighting gear. Keeps your teeth in the mouth, and makes you feel safer – and with that, more daring. More confident. More efficient. You’re all set and ready for a good fight then.But without it? There’s that itch in the back of your mind nagging you, saying “But you could lose teeth today! Careful! Back, back!” Yeah, that voice. And to be fair, it has a good reason to be saying that. According to some statistics, the number of knocked teeth exceeds 5 million every year. Hear that? 5 million teeth every year! That goddamn voice has some very good points.And the only way to silence it is to get yourself the best mouthguards available out there.Today, we’ll be helping you do just that. We’ve done our research, considered the factors, done the numbers, and what you see here is what you get if you go for the best mouthguards these days.
Our Top 3 Picks
Types of Mouth Guards
There are several types of mouthguards:
Stock mouth protectors – these come ready to wear right out of the box, because they are performed. They are usually very affordable and easy to find. However, because they come preformed from the factory, these types of mouthguards are not a fit for everyone. Often, the wearer may find them too bulky or too small, with very little ways to adjust their fit. Furthermore, they can cause difficulty breathing and due to their wonky fit they don’t offer much protection. Although, if you get lucky and find a stock mouth protector that fits your mouth like a glove (awkward analogy there, I know), then you’re one lucky guy. Or gal!
Boil and bite mouth protectors are affordable and in wide supply as well. Many sporting goods stores hold them, and we can say that they offer a better protection than the stock mouth protectors. The difference, of course, is in the design – while stock mouth protectors come preformed from the factory and their shape cannot be changed, the “boil and bite” mouthguards are made from thermoplastic material. This means that they get softer and moldable when the material heats up, allowing it to fit the shape of your teeth perfectly. If the thought of putting something hot as hell anywhere near your mouth creeps you out – don’t fret. You don’t need to make them too hot. The process involves heating them up in hot water to get them softened up, and then you can place them in your mouth (you’ll gauge the temperature with your fingers – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s not mouth time yet). This usually means you need to boil it for around 10-30 seconds, then chill them in a glass of cold water for 5-10 seconds. When they’re the right balance between hot and soft, place them in your mouth and shape them around your teeth using your fingers and tongue. Of course, always read the instructions first, because every mouthguard has a specific recommended procedure to do this! Needless to say, boil and bite mouthguards are a much closer fit for your teeth, thereby offering you much greater comfort and protection.
Custom-fitted mouth protectors require a visit to the dentist. These are individually designed, and due to the nature of this article, we won’t be covering dentist offices that excel at custom made mouthguards. But, if you want to go at these, pay your dentist a visit and see what they tell you! This is by far most expensive, of course, but it also offers the best protection you can ever have.
Factors to Consider
Besides the pros and cons of an item, there are multiple factors to consider when trying to find the perfect mouthguard for you. Obviously, the sport type and your age would be the obvious factors relating to you subjectively. But today we will be concerning ourselves with the objective factors. These include, but are not limited to:
Amount of Protection – although this varies from sport to sport, it is best to have at least 2-4mm of material in front of your most fragile and exposed teeth. This will usually be your front teeth and under your molars, or, depending on what you’d expect in a fight, over the sides as well. You’re the judge of this, really, so when you’re moulding them try to make them bulkier at the areas you most want to protect. With the stock mouth protectors, you need to look for ones that offer a decent protection – the more protection usually means the better. However, keep in mind that stock mouthguards that look very protective can also turn out to be uncomfortable to wear.
The Fit Factor – self-explanatory, but again, try to pick a mouthguard that will fit your specific shape of the teeth. Or, alternatively, try to mold the boil and bite mouthguard the best you can. We will notify you below as to the properties of each item, and their fit factor, so to speak. Or, moldability factor. Getting scientific here, but you get the point.
Accessories – do you get something extra with this mouthguard? If yes, what is it, and is it useful? If no, we’ll tell you about it.
Ready, set, go!
Our Top 3 Picks
10 Best Mouthguards
2. Tiger Claw
Single moutguard, protects both lower and upper teeth
Boil & bite
Fit Factor – The sturdier and “single”, two-sided build of these mouthguards make them a little more difficult to mold easily. However, this is possible. Boiling should take at least 7 minutes before the thermoplastic starts softening up, as different from other products. Once correctly in place, these protect both your lower and upper teeth. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Available in several colors and two sizes: adult and child. If you have a smaller mouth, a wise choice would be to go for the child sized mouthguard.
- Comes in two sizes
- Protects both upper and lower teeth
- Quite Durable
- Can be uncomfortable to wear
3. Redline Sportswear Mouthguard + Vented Case
Provides protection to teeth, gums, and lips during contact sports.
Boil and bite technology for comfortable custom fit – detailed instructions with pictures included
Design allows for easy breathing during competition
Made from safe and easy to use POE Material – BPA FREE – Latex FREE
Includes vented case to keep mouth guard clean, and help fight bacteria
Fit Factor – The thermoplastic material makes these mouthguards quicker to soften and mold. Average boiling time is reported as being 15 seconds, with 30 seconds being too much. So, take care! Additionally, the design allows for easy breathing during having them on, and if you find them too large, or you’re buying these for kids, they can be easily trimmed from the rear sides. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Besides coming in a vented case for easy drying, and boasting a stylish design, these come in three colors to choose from: white, red and blue.
- Great build
- Offers great protection
- Great fit
4. Suddora Mouth Guards
Custom Fit: Easily molds to fit any tooth shape (not for night time teeth grinding, only athletics)
Grip Rings: Added grip rings on bottom insure a better snug fit to insure tooth safety
Vented Closure Case: Allows mouthguard to air dry between uses to prevent bacteria
Adult or Child Size: Can be easily cut on edges to fit a childs mouth
Safety Grade: Our mouthguards use special POE material and have passed all safety grades
Fit Factor –Boil for 15-20 seconds, chill for 5 more, and 1 minute to mold. Quick and easy! In case you need these for your kids or your mouth is smaller, this mouthguard can be easily trimmed to achieve the perfect fit. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Many colors to choose from. Vented case for easy ventilation and safe keeping.
- Custom fit helps comfort with almost any size or shape of mouth
- Grip rings that ensure these stay in place
- Vented case included
- Does not mold well
5. Venum Predator
Nextfit gel frame for an improved adjustment and comfort
Multi-layer construction for advanced absorption and dispersion of the impact
Technically engineered to provide optimal breathing during training/competition
High density rubber frame for enhanced shock management and Absolute protection
Fit Factor –Boil and bite, with a 2 minute boiling period and a 1 minute cooling interval. Customers report the Venum mouthguard is generally a good fit, while some report they are not very durable. The design that allows for easy breathing is however reported as uncomfortable for some users, so, take care these match your mouth shape. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Very cool and stylish designs, and several colors to choose from. Vented case included.
- Breathing while wearing these is effortless
- Easy to mold, trimmable
- Vented case
- Some customers report the shape is uncomfortable for the upper lip
6. SISU 1.6 AeroGuard
Provides unmatched comfort you’ve come to expect from SISU
Made in the USA
Hot – but not boiling – water (140 degrees Fahrenheit)
Fit Factor –The highlight here is that besides these being very comfortable, and easily moldable at lower temperatures (140 Fahrenheit, or 60 degrees Celsius), these can be worn over braces. And, maybe what’s most important, at least for some, is that the perforated design lessens drooling. This can mean a lot when not having to swallow or spit all the time during battle. Take care however, that you don’t expose yourself to the punches too much – there is not much protection offered here. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – None, but not in a good way. You have to purchase a vented case separately.
Can be worn over braces
Not much protection
You have to buy your own vented case
Sizes sold separately
7. Under Armour Mouthwear
Fitted and strapless: Sits close to the skin for a streamlined fit without the squeeze of compression
Designed for all contact sports
New ArmourFit technology provides a dentist-like fit, chew-resistance and allows you to talk and breathe easily
32,000 dental warranty
Meets NFHS rules
Fit Factor –One of the better fitting and most comfortable mouthguards out there and that is why this item is on our best mouthguards list. The material and design allow for easy breathing, but also easy talking, should you need to constantly communicate during training or competition. Maybe better suited for non-contact sports. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Come in variety of neon colors, two sizes to choose from. No vented case included.
- Very easy to mold perfectly, due to design and materials used
- Easy to breathe with and talk
Don’t go easy with braces
8. Shock Doctor Gel Max Convertible Mouth Guard
New gel-fit liner where your teeth sit makes fitting the Gel Max correctly easier than ever before
The Gel Max mouthguard delivers essential protection and comfort with a convertible tether that allows the mouthguard to be used strapped or strapless
Exoskeletal Shock Frame is a heavy duty rubber frame that provides impact protection
Gel-Fit Liner custom molds to teeth for a tight, comfortable fit
Integrated breathing channels
Triple layer mouthguard design offers protection and fit that outperforms conventional mouthguards
Fit Factor –These come in two sizes, adult and youth, and while either can fit most people’s mouths, keep in mind that due to the elaborate design of this mouthguard, it can’t be trimmer or cut to shape, like other products. However, once heated and molded, this mouthguard can prove a really tight, comfy fit to your mouth. In time, customers have reported, the mouthguard seems to adjust itself to your teeth structure. But, the added protection sometimes comes at a cost for comfort: the front portion can prove too bulky and uncomfortable to some, and even hurt. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Two sizes to choose from, in a variety of colors. Exceptionally cool design. No vented case included however.
Can be used strapped or strapless
Front portion can be too bulky and uncomfortable for some
Difficult to speak
9. Venum “Challenger”
Next fit gel frame for a better adjustment and comfort
Advanced design for an optimal breathing during the fight
High density rubber frame for a better shock management and top protection
Delivered with its protective case for a better hygiene
CE Certification/norm: satra M33:2011
Fit Factor –Very easy to set up and mold, but due to its smaller size, definitely not for everyone. While still a good entry point mouthguard, big-mouthed people (pun intended) may need to look elsewhere. Remember, always follow the instructions on the packaging!
Accessories – Includes vented case.