How to Find the Best Mouthguard for Talking During a Game

Mouthguards are essential for protecting your mouth, jaw and face during a game — but the tradeoff is that some of them make it impossible to talk. This forces athletes to remove the mouthguard in order to say a few words, discouraging them from wearing the mouthguard as often as they should.

Thankfully, there are some awesome sports mouthguard styles on the market that totally make it possible to talk while wearing the mouthguard. You just need to make sure that you’re picking the right one for you. Here’s what you need to know about how to find the best mouthguard for talking during a game:

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Worst Mouthguard for Talking: Stock Mouthguard

There are two aspects of mouthguards that make it difficult to talk while you are wearing them. One is a bulky construction with a lot of excess material, and the other is a poor fit that requires you to clench your jaw and/or use your tongue to hold the mouthguard in place. Unfortunately, this exactly describes stock mouthguards, which are not fitted to your mouth at all and usually only come in one size.

Stock mouthguards are big and bulky, making it difficult to talk since your entire mouth is full of thermoplastic. They also require you to bite down in order to hold the mouthguard in place, which makes it difficult to impossible to make the jaw and tongue movements needed to speak. If you want to talk during a game, we recommend choosing either a boil and bite or a custom fit mouthguard instead.

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Great Mouthguard for Talking: Boil and Bite Mouthguard

Boil and bite mouthguards are the next step up from stock mouthguards, and the most popular mouthguard style that we sell. This cool mouthguard style combines affordability with convenience, comfort and protection.

At GuardLab, we’ve made two innovations that make it easier to talk while wearing our Apex and Apex Lite mouthguards. The first is offering them in three sizes (vs. the industry standard one to two sizes). This allows you to pick the perfect size for your mouth, minimize excess material and improve fit.

We also pre-indent our Apex and Apex Lite mouthguards using a patent pending technique. Not only does this speed the molding process along, but it also provides a much more accurate and comfortable fit. It also allowed us to create a thinner guard that offers just as much protection, making it easier to talk during games and practices.

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Design Your Own Mouthguard Before Your Next Game!

Best Mouthguard for Talking: Custom Fit Mouthguard

Custom fit mouthguards are precisely fitted to your teeth, thanks to either an at-home impression kit or a 3D scan made by your dentist.  Due to the extremely custom nature of the mouthguard fit and the lack of excess material, these mouthguards are fantastic for talking during a game because they move with your mouth.

If you are looking for the ultimate quality in a mouthguard, it’s hard to top a custom fit mouthguard. Many pro athletes choose this style of mouthguard since it offers the best protection and comfort and makes it so easy to talk without removing the mouthguard.

Both our boil and bite mouthguard and our custom fit mouthguards come in a wide range of colors and designs, including popular options such as gold teeth mouthguards and white mouthguards. We also offer a DIY design option not only for the Custom Fit Pro mouthguards but also for the Apex and Apex Lite guards, making us one of the only companies on the market to offer a DIY boil and bite mouthguard.

Not only that, all of our mouthguards are proudly made in the USA, letting us offer great quality control compared to overseas manufacturing. This means you get an extremely high-quality product at a reasonable price, and it ships quickly from our New York location.

If you’re ready to order your best mouthguard for talking, feel free to put more than one in the cart — we offer exclusive discounts on multi-item orders that are only visible when you fill up your cart. And, with free shipping on U.S. orders over $50, there’s no reason not to get a backup!