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We know that a smile is one of the most important parts of ourselves. It is our letter of introduction to the world and thanks to it we can express feelings as strong as happiness, so it is essential to take care of it. For this and other reasons we will talk about mouth protection. They are the necessary complement for any contact sport.

They are indispensable, as they protect our teeth from strong blows, thus preventing them from being damaged or even losing some of them, which is something that nobody wants. They represent the ideal support and provide the necessary safety for any sportsman or woman.

Mouthguards have become an indispensable accessory in the world of sport, but also on a clinical level. Thanks to this, the options you can find on the market have been increasing, so we took on the task of investigating which are the best options for you and your oral care.


  • Mouthguards have become a standard accessory in all contact sports, especially in combat sports such as boxing, martial arts, jiu jitsu, among others. They seek to prevent any serious injury to the mouth or teeth.
  • Their uses are not only limited to the sporting world, as they are used at a clinical level to treat some dental problems. Nowadays we can find many brands and designs, but there are only three models: custom-made, boiling and prefabricated.
  • In the following article you will find some criteria that will help you choose the best mouthguard for you. We will talk about their uses, as well as the material they are made of and the possible accessories they can include.

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Buying Guide

Now you can start to get an idea of the best options on the market. Here are some important factors to consider when choosing the best mouthguard for you.

Mouth protection is a required accessory for anyone involved in contact sports. (Photo: skeeze /

What is a mouthguard and what are its advantages?

A mouthguard is a device that is almost always made to fit the average mouth. It is usually made of rubber or a lightweight plastic that fits snugly over the user’s mouth and teeth. Its main purpose is to protect the teeth and mouth in general from any type of injury. There are many types on the market, the most common being prefabricated and those that you can boil and then adapt to your bite.

They are mainly used in contact sports such as boxing or martial arts, although they also have a clinical use. Thanks to new sporting and medical regulations, mouthguards have become a mandatory requirement for anyone playing contact sports, as they seek to avoid not only injury to the teeth, but as such protect the jaw as much as possible.

  • They protect the user”s teeth
  • Their use is quite simple
  • They are made of a very comfortable material
  • They can prevent jaw fractures and neck injuries
  • The plastic used can cause allergies
  • If not properly washed, it accumulates too many bacteria
  • In some cases it can cause suffocation
  • Its useful time, which is not usually long, depends on the use

Mouthguards: Custom-made, Prefabricated or Boiled – What should you pay attention to?

There are three possible models of mouthguards, which are distinguished by the preparation required from the user before they can be used. Depending on the intended use, whether clinical or sporting, you will have to choose one of these three.

Made-to-measure. This is the most recommended, but it takes a little more time, as it is not usually available in shops or on internet portals. You should ask your dentist to take the precise measurement of your teeth, and based on it, make the protector that fits you.

Prefabricated. This is usually the most practical and cheapest option on the market. It requires nothing from the user, other than placing it in the mouth and wearing it. However, it comes in only one size and some may find it uncomfortable and even too rigid to bite on.

Boil-on. The favourite choice of many. Available on the market, it is the one that offers a balance between the previous poles. Its preparation consists of boiling the protector, then placing it in your mouth and allowing the plastic to mould to your bite, allowing for a more practical customisation.

Custom made Prefabricated Boil in place
Preparation Dentist required Not required Boil in place
Size Custom made Unique Custom made
Use Mainly clinical Mainly boxing and combat sports Ideal for contact sports such as football

Prefabricated mouthguards are often preferred by combat athletes such as Box or Jiu jitsu. (Photo: tacofleur /

Buying criteria

Finally we bring you the factors that we consider to be the most important in identifying, distinguishing and locating the mouthguard that is best for you. We hope that the following points will help you to consider the most important points in order to make a conscious purchase.

  • Material
  • Use
  • Accessories


It is extremely important to take into account the material our mouth protection is made of, but above all, to know what we are allergic to or what could cause us any harm, because not always the body of the people accepts any type of material.

Natural rubber. The basic material. It is usually the one that is mainly used to make prefabricated mouthguards. It is of a higher density, not as flexible, to the point of being somewhat rigid. It usually comes in one size, but you can find medium or small. We recommend it if you are looking for something simple and practical.

Thermoplastic polymer. This material is used to make boilable mouthguards. They are flexible, comfortable and offer us the possibility to customize our mouthguard. We highly recommend it for those who are looking for easy to use and who are looking for more protection.

Acrylic. This is the clinical option. It requires a specialised dentist to make it, however it is the best you can get, as it is made with your external and health needs in mind. We recommend it if you are looking for something more specialised.


This is the element that will determine which of the above options is ideal for us. Whether it is for clinical use or for the sport we practice. This influences not only the model, but also the possible accessories we can add to our mouthguard or which one will suit us best.

Clinical. The only option here is the one suggested by our dentist and it is mainly the custom-made mouthguard. Although, in certain cases, some prefabricated or boil-in-place mouthguards fit the medical requirements. We recommend that you consult your dentist if a model that is not made to measure can be useful for you.

Sport. We can use any of the three types, but it mainly depends on the sport you are going to practice. In Box we recommend a prefabricated and simple protector, but in American football it is more convenient to use a boiled one. We recommend the one that, according to the sport, offers the best protection without compromising comfort.


Although it may not look like it, some mouthguards may come with an extra accessory or even two. Either to be able to store it and protect it from the weather, as well as from dirt, or a strap that allows us to adjust it to any part of our uniform, without worrying about losing it.

Strap. The strap, whether it is attached or fixed, allows us to wear it hanging from our uniform or on the grid of the football helmets. There is no risk of losing it or even choking on the protector after a hard hit. We recommend it for all contact sportsmen who want more safety.

Case. This is the essential accessory. It is not only useful for transporting it everywhere, but also prevents direct contact with the weather, thus avoiding further contamination. We recommend users to get or buy a mouthguard that includes its case, as a recommended hygiene measure.

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