Search for the term “mouthguard” on Google, and you’ll get more than 15.6 million results. Yes, that’s right — millions of results! Needless to say, there are lots of sports mouthguard options on the market, and it can be difficult to narrow them down. In this quick guide, we will cover what to look for when choosing a mouthguard, including material, price and more. Here’s how to choose a mouthguard in eight simple steps:
Ask your friends for recommendations.
Friends who play the same sports as you do are an excellent resource for what mouthguard brands and models to consider. Ask them what mouthguard(s) they love and why; make sure to get the specific model name, not just the brand in general. Also ask if they have any mouthguards they have tried that they disliked and definitely don’t recommend so you know what to avoid.
Seek out a reputable brand.
High-quality brands usually make longer lasting and more comfortable mouthguards. Their products may cost a little more, but you’ll often wear them for longer, so your investment pays off. Reputable brands also have quality guarantees that cover your product in case of defects; GuardLab’s limited warranty lasts for 12 months. They also have return and/or exchange policies so that you will be completely satisfied with your purchase.
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Check out their brand ambassadors.
Brand ambassadors aren’t the end all, be all, but they can be a point in a brand’s favor. Generally, the better known and the more reputable a brand, the more recognizable brand sponsors they will have. For instance, two of GuardLab’s newest brand ambassadors are Liam Hendriks, American League Reliever of the Year, and A.J. Andrews, Rawlings Gold Glove Winner. Check out their ambassador announcement to learn why they were the perfect fit for GuardLab.
Consider the design features.
Every single person has a list of individual features that they need and want in their mouthguard. Maybe you have a wider than normal mouth and thus need a wider mouthguard to fit. Perhaps you want a 3D scan mouthguard for the ultimate fit and comfort. Maybe you are set on a gold teeth mouthguard and don’t want any other design. Whatever design features you want, use those to narrow down your options and make a decision.
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Know where it’s made.
Many mouthguards are made overseas in various factories, but GuardLab products are made right here in the USA at our location in Farmingdale, NY. If supporting local businesses matters to you, look for products that are made in the USA so you know what you’re buying.
Research the material.
Some mouthguards are made of better materials than others, which can affect comfort, fit and longevity. The material may also vary depending on whether the mouthguard is boil and bite vs. custom fit. Before you make your final selection, double check what material is used for the mouthguard to make sure that you’re getting a quality product.
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Compare prices across models.
Most buyers are at least somewhat price sensitive, and costs can vary significantly between models and brands. Do a quick price comparison on your top choices to make sure they all fall within your budget and won’t break your bank. With unbeatable prices at GuardLab, we are an easy choice for any athlete.
Choose what matters to you.
Just as with buying any other product, choosing a mouthguard requires weighing certain factors against others. For instance, if you want a Arc Pro Mouthguard, it will have a higher price due to the extra steps involved such as alignment, cushion and re-positioning features, but it is a mouthguard that is a big hit amongst athletes. Decide what factors are most important to you personally and let that guide your final decisions.
Still can’t decide which mouthguard to get? At GuardLab, we offer exclusive discounts when you purchase two or more mouthguards. However, these discounts are only available once you add the items to your cart, so start shopping to see how much you can save! U.S. orders over $50 ship free, so there’s really no reason not to stock up.