What Mouth guard do you recommend for a flanker ?

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    Jan 06, 2011 7:41 AM GMT
    Looking for a good mouth-gaurd that will last me the whole season, any suggestion?
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 06, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    Pick a color any color....
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  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 06, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    irv_6 saidLooking for a good mouth-gaurd that will last me the whole season, any suggestion?

    I don't know your sport, but if you use a mouthguard regularly I *highly* recommend a custom. The difference between a custom and off the shelf is really night and day (even compared to those shock doctor gels). An inexpensive, but high quality guard is Gladiator Guard Pro (don't get elite, even for boxing/mma most people think it's far too bulky). That said, even the pro is a bit on the large side so you can get thinner customs suited for your sport (good for boxing, bit larger than probably necessary for grappling). But a large custom is waaaay better than any off the shelf (and I've never met anyone who's tried both who doesn't feel the same).
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    http://www.customguards.com/_product_9753/Gladiator_Pro

    for a slimmer guard you might try Pro-Tekt (I haven't tried them, but they're essentially the same basic design materials as the Fight Dentist UFC guards, but without the mark-up):
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    http://www.protektmouthguards.com/bioguard.htm

    You can also get your dentist to make you a custom, and this has the advantage of being covered by many people's dental insurance plans. However, they rarely have the technology necessary for multi-laminate guards and, in combat sports at least, are usually considered insufficient. (Though, you can save money on any of the above customs if you get the dentist to make your impression for you (if covered by insurance) rather than having them send you a self-impression kit; I wouldn't lose sleep over the $30 or whatever for it though).
  • coolarmydude

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    Jan 06, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    The best mouthguard is a custom-made mouthguard by your orthodontist/dentist.
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    Jan 06, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    most of my team mates use the top only moldable ones. Idk the name of the brand.
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    Jan 06, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    Bunjamon saidPick a color any color....
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    Mmm icon_confused.gif nope they don't have my color pink icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    Thank you all for the info ~
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    Feb 02, 2011 6:24 AM GMT
    Hi guys,
    I would like to share my good experience with Fortress Mouthguards.
    Fortress Mouthguards are manufactured by Race Dental, Sydney's largest dental laboratory. Quality of our work with a network of dentists across Australia, they are supplying high-quality mouthguards to all Australians. Fortress Mouthguards have the custom-fitted, high-protection mouth guard solution for players of all types of sport. For details one can visit: www.fortressmouthguards.com.au
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    Feb 13, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    I play flanker and outside center, i went to my dentist and had one made for me. It works so much better than the boil and bite guards. Here is the site http://www.glidewelldental.com/dentist/services/removables-playsafe.aspx . And the best thing is that it was covered by my dental insurance.

    Cheers!
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    Feb 18, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    As a dentist this answer is a no brainer. The best is a custom made laminated mouthguard. It should have 2-3 layers for extra strength, with indentations in the biting surface for you lower teeth to ensure your jaw joint is in the neutral position whilst you are in action and the flanges shoul be high into the sulcus as most dental trauma from contact sports not only affects the teeth but the supporting bone which is often fractured.
    Things to be aware of:
    1 ask for a laminated mouthguard, many dentists will make a single layer one as the machine to make multilayer laminated ones is expensive
    2 ensure a model is taken of the opposing jaw and indentations are in the mouthguard. Also ensure that you evenly bite on all teeth on the mouthguard.
    3 if you buy a boil and bite. Don't bother wearing it. You will have just as much protection without it.
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    Feb 18, 2011 6:25 AM GMT
    At the risk of sounding like a tool... I would recommend picking up a tap-out mouthguard pair and molding them both to you. They are pretty cheap and come in a double pack with optional straps which you won't be needing anyways.

    Been using mine for the last 2 years now and it fits better (and lets me breath) than any other I had. Plus, it helps having the spare since I tend to lose my shit.. I even have a back up pair of boots now with full set of studs.

    My roommate and former team mate uses them as well and doesn't wear scrum caps all the time but has avoided concussion. We've both been playing rugby for a solid 3 years. He plays 6 and I play 11/14/15, and neither of us have gotten concussions or broken a tooth.