Best Mouth Guards for Lacrosse, Football, Boxing, Grinding, and Sleeping. (Updated 2023)

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Looking for the best mouth guards for lacrosse? Refer to our expertly vetted options designed to keep you safe and comfortable.

Why Mouth Guards Are Important?

Imagine a life where dentures are part of your morning routine. If you have an accident on the field that’s a future possibility because your teeth are at risk every time you enter the field. The National Library of Medicine estimates that the average cost to treat one knocked-out tooth can be anywhere between $5,000 – $20,000 over your lifetime. 

The two types of mouth guards for purchase are boil and bite or lab customizable. The boil and bite variety arrives with gel inside, the whole mouth guard gets boiled and once it cools a bit, you bite into the gel section for it to form to your teeth. The custom mouth guards are based on impressions that you take with an impression kit and send to a lab where they create a custom guard that’ll fit perfectly on your teeth.

How Much Are Mouth Guards From Your Dentist?

Mouth guards from your dentist can range from $300 to $1000, depending on your insurance. The main advantage of getting a mouth guard from your dentist would be the custom fit. My experience with custom mouth guards from my dentist is that they wear down at the same rate and cost me more money in the long run.

Top 5 Benefits Of A Mouth Guard For Sports

  • Protecting teeth and braces, saving tens of thousands of dollars
  • Hit harder knowing you are protected 
  • Intimidate your opponents with gnarly imagery
  • Hit new maxes in the gym by clenching safely 
  • Enhance your jawline with safe high resistance chewing

Top 5 Issues From Bad Mouth Guards

  • Difficulty breathing due to blockage
  • Increased concussion risk 
  • Slurred Speech
  • Gagging, discomfort, and lack of focus
  • Damaged teeth or braces

Do I Need An Upper And Lower Mouth Guard?

The general consensus is that you only need one. This is because most damage results from the lower slamming into the upper teeth, and the single mouth guard protects the striking area between the teeth. Having two mouth guards is uncomfortable and unnecessary while also making speech more difficult.

How Often Do I Have To Replace Mouth Guards?

It really depends on your level of grinding. Typically, a mouth guard lasts a season, but cheap mouth guards and aggressive grinders can go through a mouth guard in a month. We regularly update this article, so come back to see the latest mouth guard picks.

How Can I Reduce Gagging On My Mouth Guard?

If you purchase a cheaper mouth guard or just have a smaller mouth, gagging can be an issue. The easy fix would be to take a pair of scissors and trim the ends, however, we recommend spending up and getting a proper fitting mouth guard. Many products in our list come in different sizes to prevent this issue in the first place.

How Can I Reduce Gagging On My Mouth Guard

1) The Best Mouth Guards For Every Scenario:

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The Shock Doctortortor brand is a well known brand dating back to 1992. Most of their products are reliable and at a reasonable price.  They have collaborated with Kool-Aid and their cherry flavor is top notch and is their class leading flavor. They also have released blue razz, grape, and lime but aren’t as good as the cherry.

The performance and fit are comparable to other products in this price range but the flavored mouth guard commands a slight cost premium over non-flavored products. Additionally, the flavoring is throughout the mouth guard so if you chew through it will still taste like cherry until the mouth guard is unusable. 

The boil and bite system is tried and true but will not give the same comfort and protection as a more expensive lab custom mouth guard.

2) Shock Doctortortortor Double Braces Mouth Guard:

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The Shock Doctortortor double braces mouth guard is our pick for best mouth guard for people with braces. The upper and lower guards provide front impact protection for both sets of teeth that you don’t get with a single mouth guard which is important for those with braces.

The product is not custom fit because the teeth are shifting from the braces. Custom fit mouth guards hold the teeth in place and require new molds after tightening. Imagine the cost if you had to get a new mouth guard every month!

That being said, this was by far the least comfortable mouth guard. This mouth guard gives you the protection you want but will take some getting used to. 

This mouth guard is hard to talk in because it pushes out the lips even more than the braces do. Due to the necessary large size of this set of mouth guards they were designed to have a larger breathing hole than most competitors.

We deem it necessary to suggest a double mouth guard to protect both sets of teeth from front impact but in most cases just an upper guard is necessary.

3) Trash Talking: SISU Aero Medium Mouth guard, Charcoal Black

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The Sisu mouth guard was a stand out because of its hard plastic design. The hard plastic allows for one of the thinnest fitting mouth guards and thus the least invasive. You can speak easier than with competitors since the plastic sticks tightly in the upper teeth.

The hard plastic is off putting to some who do not like the snug fit on the teeth however I see this as an advantage for those who want their mouth guard as a static object instead of a rubbery chewing mouth guard.

The drawback to this being fitted directly to the teeth is that it can become loose, however it has a reheatable, remoldable custom fit that ensures you can realign it with your teeth. 

In order to handle the impact, the front top of the mouth guard digs into the upper lips a little bit which might take time to get used to.

4) Max Protection: Impact Custom Professional

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The Impact lab custom mouth guard is our pick for a heavy duty mouth guard. We chose to go lab custom because high protection mouth guards are very thick and Impact cuts down on the unnecessary material by a custom lab fit. 

This mouth guard is ideal for boxing and MMA since it is designed to handle repeated blows. Having a heavy duty mouth guard for other sports is safer but only necessary for more dangerous sports. 

Talking was a bit of a challenge but much easier than other mouth guards of this strength.

5) Intimidation: Jawzz White Silverback Teeth Mouth guard

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When it comes to intimidating mouth guards, the options were a lot less exciting than I thought. Most designs were cringy or just did not look real. The white silver back teeth stood out because of the aggressiveness of the K9 teeth and how the teeth could be recognized from further distances than some of the more complex designs.

The Jawzz rabid design did seem more intimidating online but in practice the thin teeth did not give off the desired effect.

This is a larger mouth guard which offers additional protection, but may be uncomfortable to some. 

6) Lip Cover: Nxtrnd One with Straps

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Some sports occasionally require a lip cover and strap. Our recommended product is the Nxtrnd because of its breathable hole in the middle of the guard and affordable price. The bite pad between teeth is flexible and has some give when biting. It is not custom but we don’t see this as an issue because you will want to take it out anyway and the strap holds it near.

This mouth guard will be harder to talk in than the other products since it covers the whole mouth but provides the lip protection that most guards can’t provide.

7) Sleep - Grinding - Bruxism: Encore Custom Dental Night Guard

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During our research we found that the majority of people who wear  mouth guards are actually using their mouth guards for sleeping and preventing grinding. It also seems fair to provide our best pick for sleep which is the encore lab custom night guard.

Personally, I felt it necessary to purchase a lab custom mouth guard for sleeping because I am a light sleeper and the thin guard was easier to fall asleep in. A boil and bite mouth guard is not as tight around the teeth and can fall out during sleep.

This lab custom fit reduces movement in the mouth and has low edges so it does not poke under the lips. While expensive, it costs significantly less than dentist custom mouth guards that go for $300-$1000.

Aggressive grinders will still be able to break through this mouth guard but I would rather replace this guard than a dentist guard.

8) Mouth Guard Case: VEAMOR UVC Mouth Guard Case

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Some mouth guards come with cheap plastic cases which do their job but if you are looking for a superior product we recommend the Veamor UVC mouth guard case. It is large enough for double mouth guards and lip guards. The UV light kills 99.99% of bacteria and has vent holes to prevent build up even when the light is off. The clip always has the mouth guard to attach to the outside of a bag. 

The entire system will keep your mouth guard safe and clean.

The battery life is short and if you want your mound h guard disinfecting 24/7 you will have to plug it in multiple times a week. It should be noted that you still need to wash the guard if you drip it dirt.

I wouldn’t call the mechanism fragile, but the electronics can be destroyed if dropped at the bottom of a backpack and treated carelessly.

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