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Best Mouth Guards for MMA and BJJ – The Ultimate Guide

When you do sparring, you need a good MMA headgear and obviously you also definitely need to wear a good mouth guard. Since it does not only protect your teeth but it can even protect you from concussions! Wearing a quality mouth guard simply has vital importance. However, not all mouth guards are same (some are bulky or have different designs etc.). For example, boxing mouth guards tend to be bulkier and most of these simply are not suitable for MMA and BJJ. Because we just don’t take punches, there are also submission and grappling work in BJJ and MMA. Shortly, MMA and BJJ mouth guards have different, more ergonomic designs. With that, I gathered the best mouth guards for MMA and BJJ from forums, my experiences, and online sources and below you can find their qualities.

 

1. Impact Custom Professional MMA


Best mouth guard for MMA and BJJProtection Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.8 / 10.0

Durability: 10.0 / 10.0

Quality / Price Ratio Rating: 9.4 / 10.0

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Unique Pros

  • The sturdiest and most durable mouth guard on the market!
  • Custom-fit
  • Ideal for BJJ and MMA
  • Very ergonomic design
  • Very easy to breathe, drink water and talk
  • Comfy
  • Professional grade
  • Lots of cool color selections

Impact Custom is made of top-notch materials and these BPA free materials absorb the shock very well. The thickness is around 6-7 mm and Impact Custom allows oxygen in well.

The company actually makes a custom guard for you. Firstly, after you make the order and you will get a kit. After that, just follow the instructions and make an impression. By the way, I checked out the instructions and these are really easy to follow and you can make the impression within 2 minutes. When it is finished, you will send your impression back to Impact using the postage-paid label provided in the kit. Then the company makes a custom guard for you. You can get the same quality by going to the dentist but honestly, I really hate dentists and I am %100 sure that they will charge you way more than this guard. Also, the materials and design may not be suitable for BJJ and MMA. These may not be suitable for absorbing the shock etc. So if you get it from a dentist and your mouth guard come out of your mouth during sparring, you will at least know whose fault it is 😉 Shortly, I highly suggest you go with a mouth guard which is used by more than 10.000 people and gets really good feedback.

As you know, you don’t need to prepare it like you do with boil and bite mouth guards and I know that many people just can’t get it done properly and because of that reason, they can’t get any protection at all. So this is simply not an issue with this guard.

Based on my extensive research, everything about this mouth guard is perfect and over 15.000 Custom Impact Guards are handcrafted and as you may already know, this guard has a good reputation on many BJJ forums as well. Also, many forum members on MMA and BJJ forums say that they can speak clearly with it. If you are interested in Custom Impact, have a look at the experiences of verified customer reviews for more in-depth information.

 

2. SISU Mouth Guards Aero 1.6 mm


Protection Rating: 8.7 / 10.0

Comfort: 9.9 / 10.0

Durability: 9.3 / 10.0

Quality / Price Ratio Rating: 9.8 / 10.0

Unique Pros

  • Next-gen shock absorbing materials and design
  • Incredibly thin (1.6 mm)
  • Ideal for BJJ and MMA…
  • Very easy to breathe, drink water and talk
  • Really thin and comfy
  • I have good experiences with it!
  • A myriad of color selections (orange, hot pink…)

Sisu is arguably the best mouth guard company out there. I also have experiences with Sisu Guards and my experiences were always amazing with them. With that, this guard has only 1.6 mm thickness however it has very good design and when you do grappling or do sparring in MMA or BJJ, this simply does not bother you at all. After all, it is really thin and as you can see from the pictures, it has a very ergonomic design. It also has holes and you can drink or talk pretty easy with it. Sisu Aero 1.6 mm is also remoldable so if you screw up while molding, you can just remold it and provide a better fit 😉

My experiences: I used two Sisu Aero 1.6 mm mouth guards. It was just too comfy and it was like I have nothing in my mouth. I actually get bothered from guards too easily and this is one of the reasons why I preferred Sisu. With that, when I got punched or a knee, obviously my soft tissue got hurt but I never lost a tooth or had any kind of tooth injury (chipped tooth etc.) whatsoever. So I can easily recommend Sisu Aero 1.6 mm. It also has many color selections including pink and electric blue. If you want to see these, you can have a closer look at these color selections on here.

As a final note, it offers warrantied dental protection.

 

3. Shock Doctor Double Braces Mouthguard


Protection Rating: 8.5 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.5 / 10.0

Durability: 8.7 / 10.0

Quality / Price Ratio Rating: 10.0 / 10.0

Unique Pros

  • Good material quality (medical grade silicon)
  • Protects upper and lower teeth
  • Fits well with “change position quality”
  • You don’t need to boil it!
  • Best mouth guard for MMA with braces
  • The most quality double mouth guard!

If you have done sparring in martial arts, I am sure that you have at least heard of Shock Doctor. As you can see from the picture, it protects your upper and lower teeth and there are actually studies which show that this type (double mouth guard) is better for protecting your jaw. If you prefer a double mouth guard instead of a single guard or you have braces, Shock Doctor Double Braces Mouth Guard is the top mouth guard in its class. Because it protects your gums and teeth with the ergonomic design and it is bulkier than others. Considering the other double mouth guards, it is way less likely to come out of your mouth when you roll on the mats.

This design also provides a comfortable fit so it does not hurt your soft tissue. With that, it is still bulky and has extra air channels for you to breathe better and you don’t need to boil it. When you get the order, you are good to go 😉 You have strapped and strapless options.

 

4. Venum Challenger Mouthguard


review of best boil and bite mouth guard for BJJ and MMAProtection Rating: 8.6 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.9 / 10.0

Durability: 8.5 / 10.0

Quality / Price Ratio Rating: 9.9 / 10.0

Unique Pros

  •  Sturdy rubber frame
  • Comfy
  • Do the job just fine
  • Good boil and bite mouth guard for MMA
  • Has certifications
  • The most popular mouth guard on the market
  • Comes with protective case and many cool color selections

Venum Challenger has a classic design and sturdy rubber frame. Many people prefer it for sparring and Venum Challenger actually has certification/NORM called SATRA M33:2011 which your mouth guard should have if you plan on entering tournaments. So if you are serious about your training, it is actually a solid choice and since it has necessary certifications you can be sure that it will protect you. Rubber frame also does a good job for protecting your gums.   

Many trainers in MMA and BJJ gyms suggest Venum to people. As I stated above, this is wildly popular and generally gets quite good feedback. So I really think that Venum Challenger is a “safe” choice. In the product description, you can find everything you need to know about boiling and fitting. Lastly, it is really affordable.

 

5. Shock Doctor Pro Mouth Guard


good BJJ mouth guard overviewProtection Rating: 8.2 / 10.0

Comfort: 8.8 / 10.0

Durability: 7.8 / 10.0

Quality / Price Ratio Rating: 9.9 / 10.0

Unique Pros

  • Classic design
  • “Alright” material quality
  • Boil and bite type
  • Cheapest mouth guard which has decent reviews!

Yes, there is another Shock Doctor Mouth Guard on this list. This one is also boil and bite type and has very good fitting rates. It is thin like Venum Challenger, however, the material quality is slightly lower. With that, according to verified reviews, you can expect to use it around 1 year and Shock Doctor Pro Mouth Guard is the cheapest mouth guard which has a good quality. It has layers and the impact softens between the layers. As a side note, many mouth guards use this design because it works.

It has a very cool video on Amazon’s product page and you can have a very close look at this good mouthpiece for MMA and BJJ. It has strapped and strapless options as well.

 

Which Companies produce Good Mouth Guards for MMA and BJJ?

Venum: I have used 3 different Venum mouth guard models for my MMA training sessions and just one of them hurt my soft tissue. Other than that, I could easily breathe and talk. With that, the material quality is always above average and rubber frame seems to work for guards.

Sisu: Unlike Venum, Sisu focuses on only mouth guards and Sisu has amazing designers and materials. These are the reasons why it has really ergonomic designs and you can trust the company.

Shock Doctor: One of my friends had his tooth chipped while wearing one of the Shock Doctor Mouth Guards. Well, you definitely need to check out the reviews before you think of buying one. Because not only material quality is different for every guard, also designs are different as well.

 

Don’t Settle for a Low-Quality Mouth Guard!


the most quality mouth guard for bjjAlright, if you come this far, you already know the importance of wearing a good quality mouth guard. With that, Custom Impact fits your mouth perfectly since it is custom made for you! Also, the company knows which materials are SUITABLE for fighters. Shortly, it gives you best of two worlds. If these are appealing to you, get your own Custom Impact and start using in your sessions. It is seriously the best mouth guard for MMA and BJJ in 2017. If you have any question or anything to share, just have a comment below and I will get back to you within a day. 

 

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Reader Comments

  1. I clicked on this page out of curiosity and I’m glad I did because I definitely learned something new. I had no idea there was that much variety in mouth guards. Great reviews and I’ll share with a couple of friends who practice martial arts. Have a great day!

  2. Wow! Month Guards have really advanced since my boxing days. My son is starting MMA. From out the three, you preferred, I still can’t choose because I may choose what I think is right for him but he may not like it. I am so worried about teeth being broken and that’s why I don’t want the Shock Doctor.

    I will give it more thought or just have him look over your review to pick his own. However, I think I will get him the Custom Impact and Sisu guard for him.

    Thank you for sharing :-).

    1. Yeah man. I agree with that. The technology just keeps getting better and better. These get really small. I remember that I couldn’t even talk with them when I was wearing one.

      If he is just a beginner, definitely get a thin one and Shock Doctor is not a good choice for it. The bottom is bigger than the others and it can cause some discomfort for your son’s gums. No one wants that especially in his first days.
      Whether he is just a beginner or advanced Custom Impact will be a better choice. And obviously, he can expect a perfect fit.

  3. Great article on mouth guards. I have used both the opro and the shock doctor myself. Shock doctor is a great mouth guard, but I am a big fan of opro as well. I also agree with the fact that having the right mouth guard is absolutely important for the teeth and to help prevent concussion

    1. I really don’t have any experience with Opro But it is a popular mouth guard brand.

      I just made a quick research and the designs and materials seem so “basic” and the products have not been upgraded for years and it is always a bad sign. Also after hearing your experience, I will definitely avoid these mouth guards.

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