Guardlab’s 3D Printed Mouth Guards Are Changing the Way the UFC Fights. Photo Matt Martin. Article by Lili Goksenin

Guardlab’s 3D Printed Mouth Guards Are Changing the Way the UFC Fights

Aidan Butler has taken teeth, yes teeth, and made them interesting thanks to a few 3D printing machines and some seriously famous athletes.

It's worth mentioning that Guardlab is a young company—really young. It was founded in 2014 but went live in 2015 making them just about 2 or 3 years old depending on how you look at it. In that time, they've not only become the official mouth guard of the most brutal sport on earth, but they provide mouth guards to the New England Patriots, The White Sox, The Blue Jays, Georgetown University, the Australian Football League, the whole of the Renzo Gracie Academy, and more.

February 21, 2017 — Flo Kirley
Stephen Curry of the Warriors in December. CreditJeff Chiu/Associated Press

In a League of Flying Elbows, the Use of Mouth Guards Soars

By joining the growing faction of N.B.A. players who choose to wear a mouth guard in games, a player is forced to confront a certain small issue: Where do you keep the thing when you’re on the bench?

Mason Plumlee of the Nets tucks his mouthpiece inside one of his socks, which he acknowledged is “not the most sanitary place in the world.” Rajon Rondo of the Dallas Mavericks has been observed spitting his straight down through the collar of his jersey — though where it lands, exactly, has remained something of a mystery. Cole Aldrich of the Knicks often takes the curved, wet plastic and hooks it around one of his ears.

February 10, 2015 — Flo Kirley