Best Football Mouthguards Review
Apart from the best football gloves, one of the most used and widely popular football accessories is the mouthguard.
As a protective component to your football gear arsenal, the best football mouthguard for your mouth and style and intensity of play can make a lifetime impact. We all know permanent teeth aren’t really forever as their name implies if they get knocked out or cracked. Dental repairs can get them looking good again, but you don’t want to be in this position in the first place.
You need protection for your mouth (and smile) whenever you engage in team practice or game play.
If you haven’t learned already, youth mouthguards and adult versions alike come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including features that make each mouthpiece unique in what it offers. In addition, these days mouthguards come in just about any color and even give you options for flavoring. Mouthguard flavors are especially popular with kids who are playing tackle or flag football.
In recent years, mouthpieces that also protrude out from your mouth can provide lip protection. With these come design considerations such as angry teeth painted on the outside for extra intimidation to your opponents.
Mouthguard personalization aside, it’s important to find a product that fits you well; is comfortable for your mouth size and teeth and jaw alignment. If it’s not comfortable or hurts, you won’t wear it. Many different materials such as gels and flexible plastics can mold to your teeth, helping to ensure proper fitting. Not all of these form fitting or “boil and bite” options are easy to use, however.
Our selections below generally work really well.
Deciding which is best and how much money you want to spend can be difficult at first. Our advice is to not worry so much about price when you consider the cost and inconvenience of dental work. Find what you or your kids will wear so you can prevent the inevitable accident on the playing field. Here are our top 10 mouthguards, chosen because they work great for football as well as any full contact sport.
- Useful for a variety of positions
- Protects the lips as well as the teeth
- Makes it easy to drink and talk during a game
- Widely available in a number of colors and sizes
- Does not come with a case for its protection
Our number one pick for the best football mouthguard has got to be the Shock Doctor Max AirFlow Lipguard for Youth and Adults. This is a relatively cheap, safe, easy to use mouthguard that has been designed for people playing different sports and not just football. Apart from that, football players will love the fact that this mouthguard piece can be used by anyone playing any position including linebackers and quaterbacks making it very versatile and useful for all kinds of players.
The Shock Doctor Max AirFlow Lipguard is more than a mouthguard. It also offers great protection just like other high quality football accessories do so that you are able to avoid lip injuries that occur upon contact or during hits that occur during play. In addition, the lip guard that comes with this mouthguard offers great breathability so that you are able to breath even if you have your teeth clenched.
The people who have used this mouthguard say that apart from providing awesome protection for their teeth and being very comfortable, the lip protection is one of the main reasons they would go for the Shock Doctor Adult Low-Profile Convertible Lip Guard over and over again. It is availability in a variety of colors and on various online stores and platforms.
As an icing on the cake, this lipguard/mouthguard is available for children and high school kids meaning that you will be able to provide the best protection for your dear ones who are looking to go pro in the future. Comfortable fitting, aligns great to your teeth, offers great breathability as well as lip protection. All of these things combined are what make the Shock Doctor Max AirFlow Lipguard our number one football mouthguard.
- Very comfortable even in long play times
- Its strap is adjustable
- Very easy to mold and fit
- Offers great protection for both teeth and lips
- Offers great breathing channels
- Some players have reported not being able to talk very well with this mouthguard on
Our number two pick for the best football mouthguard is the Vettex Adult Football Mouthguard. It is another one of our and our fans’ favorite as it is comfortable and is made of very high quality material. It is a relatively cheap mouthguard that has come to be loved by children and adults alike. It offers great mouth and lip protection as it also comes with Lip protection.
This is the second mouthguard in our list to have a strap. The strap on the Vettex Adult Football Mouthguard is adjustable so that you are able to keep it just the right distance away when it is not in your mouth. One of the most mentioned features of this mouthguard is the material that it is made out of. It is made out of pliable thermal rubber which is a meliable type of rubber. This means that with continued use, your Vettex Adult Football Mouthguard aligns with your teeth and mouth and becomes truly customized to you.
Apart from that, this material offers great cushioning support making this mouthguard one of the favorites for players who receive a lot of hits. That said, players who have to talk all the time in the field, such as linebackers, may have a difficult time getting their words out. Although this is a small caveat, the protection offered by this mouthguard to both the teeth and the lips, the breathability afforded by the breathing channels on this mouthguard as well as the adjustable cord make the Vettex Adult Football Mouthguard stand out as our number two best football mouthguard.
- Specially made for the youth and young players
- Allows for great breathability
- Easy to fit and mold
- It is resistant to shewing and teeth grinding
- As with the adult version, some players have reported difficult talking with this mouthguard on
The third item on our list of the best football mouthguards is the Vettex Youth Football Mouthguard that is specifically made for players who are between the ages of 8 to about 16 or 17. If you are a young adult and up, you ought to have a look at the Vettex mouthguard that we have included as our number two above. The Vettex Youth Football Mouthguard is made for young players who are concerned about their mouth and teeth and just like the adult version comes with lip protection. The dual channel breathing spaces at the front also allow great breathability while helping to keep the mouthguard intact as the player does not have to take it off to take huge breaths when needed.
The Vettex Youth Football Mouthguard also comes with an adjustable strap so that your young player is able to hook it onto their helmet and keep it close to them when it is not in their mouth. The sgtrap also makes it easy for players to remove their mouthguards even if they are wearing football gloves. It offers great protection especially for people who play in positions where they have to take hits throughout the game. Similarly to the adult version of the Vettex Youth Football Mouthguard, there have been reported some issues with talking during a game with the mouthguard on. Still a small caveat but cannot be overlooked by people who play in positions such as lineback.
Made from the same pliable thermal rubber as the adult version, this mouthguard aligns perfectly with your teeth especially after some time of use. One of the reasons why we value this mouthguard so highly is that the material it is made out of does not allow children to chew on it like some other mouthguards. This means that it lasts longer and offers better protection throughout its life as it is always in the position it is supposed to be all the time.
- Easiest mouthguard to fit as it does not require boiling
- Available for both adults and children
- Very light for comfortable wear for long periods
- Does not offer lip protection
A surprising entrant into this list is the Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard. As you may have gotten from the name, this is a mouthguard that is meant for those with braces, both adults and children. There are a number of mouthguards that are for use by both adults and children bu the Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard stands out for one reason: it can be used by people who have both upper and bottom braces. Apart from that, they are very comfortable and they also help to keep the braces in place especially in high contact sports such as football.
Another remarkable thing about the Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard is that they do not need to be boiled in order to be molded. With use, the mouthguard conforms to the shape of your mouth and braces if you have any and users have reported finding these braces very comfortable in a very short period of time.
Although geared more towards children than adults, the Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard also comes in adult sizes as well as two colors from which you can choose from. This mouthguard is resistant to chewing so if you chew through a number of mouthguards in a short period of time, this is the mouthguard to get. One other thing reported by its users is that it does not push the lips outwards like some mouthguards do.
The Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard goes round all teeth to ensure that not only are your upper and lower teeth protected, but that your jaw is too. One shortfall of this mouthguard is that it does not offer lip protection. We understand that a mouthguard for people with braces might have made things a lot harder but maybe Shock Doctor would have had that option available for people who do not have braces and would like to use the Shock Doctor Double Braces Strapped Mouthguard.
- It is flavored and thus allows for it to be worn for long periods
- Protects the teeth as well as the jaw
- Very easy to mold and very comfortable to wear
- Allows for great breathing as well as talking and drinking during a game
- its slim design does not push the lips outwards
- Does not come with a strap so its easy to lose
Next up is the Shock Doctor 6800 Adult Gel Nano Flavor Fusion Mouthguard. This is an interesting mouthguard for various reasons. One of them is, the mouthguard is flavored. Yes, the one that we got tastes like bubblegum. Shock Doctor says that this taste should last for a whole season and we are excited about it. Away from the flavor, the mouthguard is made to go all round the teeth and jaw to ensure that you are protected not just from the front but from all other sides as well.
Unlike other mouthguards that only protect the upper teeth, the Shock Doctor 6800 Adult Gel Nano Flavor Fusion Mouthguard protects both the upper and the lower teeth. This is made possible though the use of their patented Shock Frame™. Sock Doctor has also included their Gell-Fit liner that gives an optimal, customized fit so that you are able to wear the mouthguard for longer.
Adding onto the comfortable factor, the Shock Doctor 6800 Adult Gel Nano Flavor Fusion Mouthguard is very light meaning that after some time of use you will forget that you are wearing it. Although it does not come with lip protection, it allows for great breathability and make it easy to talk and drink during a game. Due to its snug-fitting nature, not having a strap should not be a problem for you as the mouthguard will not fall out during a game.
If you take multiple hits during a football game from all sided and are looking for a lightweight, comfortable mouthguard that protects both your upper and lower teeth, the Shock Doctor 6800 Adult Gel Nano Flavor Fusion Mouthguard is the mouthguard you ought to get. Oh, and you will be enjoying your favorite flavors as you play!
- Its slim design ensures your lips do not bulge when work
- Lightweight and thus very comfortable to wear for long periods
- it is chew-resistant
- it is easy to talk when wearing this mouthguard
- Does not come with a strap
- Does not offer lip protection
Under Armour makes an appearance at the number 6 spot on our best football mouthguards list. If you are looking for something that fits snuggly inside your mouth without making your lips bulge, then this is the mouthpiece for you. It is made to sit close to the skin and has a streamlined nature to ensure that it does not make your lips bulge. This reduces the chances of your lips being hurt during play. Some people have compared how comfortable this mouthguard is to one that would be custom made by a dentist.
Although this list is about the best football mouthguards, the Under Armour Mouthwear ArmourFit Mouthguard is made for all contact sports and this says a lot. It says that you will be getting the best protection there is on the market. Although most adults do not chew on their mouthguards, they just bite on them, the Under Armour Mouthwear ArmourFit Mouthguard is made to be chew-resistant allowing it to last longer.
Talking during a game is important and this is why Under Armor have ensured that you can talk easily during a game when wearing this mouthguard. The Under Armour Mouthwear ArmourFit Mouthguard allows you to talk and drink easily during a game and does not restrict any of that like some mouthguards do.
This mouthguard is strapless although that should not deter you from getting it: due to its snug and close-fitting nature, there are minimal chances that this mouthguard will drop from your mouth during gameplay. Available in a number of colors, you are bound to get one that will fit your style. This mouthguard is available in medium and large sizes meaning that you can get one for yourself and/or your young upcoming future pro athlete.
- Very easy to fit
- Comfortable while offering great protection
- Comes with or without a strap
- Can be hard to clean
Number 7 on our list is the Shock Doctor Gel Max Convertible Mouth Guard. This mouthguard makes it to our list because it is one of the easiest to fit, and it goes for great price too but that is besides the point. Shock Doctor are making it to this list for the second time with a mouthguard that is useful for all kinds of contact sports. Apart from that, this mouthguard is made to protect the jaw and the teeth from all sides meaning that regardless of what side you receive impact, you will not feel in on your teeth.
The convertible tether is another reason why this mouthguard is so great. You can decide to include or not include the tether to make the Shock Doctor Gel Max Convertible Mouth Guard have a strap or be strapless. This is totally up to you. If you decide to wear is strapless, you will be glad to find out that the hole through which the tether goes through add to the breathability of the mouthguard.
Due to its snag fit, even if you decide to wear it without a strap it will not fall off like some mouthguards do. Regarding fitting the mouthguard, all you have to do is put it in some warm water and fit it. Be careful when doing this though as you will only have one chance of doing it. If you get this wrong, you might have to buy a new mouthguard.
A great, comfortable fit at a great price plus an option of using or not using a strap is what you get with this mouthguard.
- Very easy to fit
- One of the most Comfortable mouthguards in the market
- offers great protection for both upper and lower teeth
- Protects both the teeth and the jaw
- Does not comr with a case for storage
Number 8 on our list is the Shock Doctor Gel Mouthguard. Shock Doctor prides themselves in providing mouthguard that is easy to fit. We found this to be quite true as we did not have any issues fitting this mouthguard. We let it sit in boiling water for a few minutes and it fitted exactly right the first time. We think the reason why it was so easy to fit is because of the improved gel-fit liner where your teeth sit.
Apart from allowing the Shock Doctor Gel Mouthguard to be fitted easily, this gel-fit liner makes this mouthguard one of the most comfortable in the market as we had no issues wearing it for long periods of time. Apart from that, the mouthguard is slim enough that it did not push our lips outwards as some of the other mouthguards that we tried did. This will go a long way in ensuring that your lips are not hurt in any way during play.
Speaking of being hurt, this is something that will never hear about when using the Shock Doctor Gel Mouthguard as it is made to offer protection to all sides of the jaw and teeth. The material used is made to absorb maximum contact making this mouthguard ideal for all kinds of contact sports.
The Shock Doctor Gel Mouthguard is available in a number of sizes and colors so you should find one that tickles you fancy pretty easily. The Shock Doctor Gel Mouthguard can be used with a strap or strapless. If you find yourself needing to take your mouthguard off during play for one reason or another, you may need the tethered version of this mouthguard.
Protection, breathability, great pricing and an easy & comfortable fit are what you get with the Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard.
- Very comfortable even for long periods of wear
- Very light adding to the comfort of the mouthguard
- offers great protection for both upper and lower teeth
- Gives a lot of breathing room and allows for talking and drinking when worn
- Molding and fitting it is a bit tricky and you may destroy your mouthguard if you are not careful
Nike finally makes an appearance on our list at number 9. Although Nike is known in the soccer arena as well as in a number of other sports from their amazing sporting accessories, they have not really perfected that craft in football. That said, the Nike Adult Hyperflow Mouthguard is relatively well received with a lot of actual users saying that despite the fact that Nike has not made a huge foray into the football arena, they have made a surprising comfortable mouthguard. The fitting process is also easy and straightforward and a lot of people found that after fitting their mouthguard according to the provided instructions, they were able to get the mouthguards to fit like they wanted.
Apart from the comfort that the Nike Adult Hyperflow Mouthguard affords you, there is the protection and safety factor. This mouthguard covers all your teeth and protects your jaw from high impact contact. The material is also dual-density meaning that it absorbs a lot of shock and leads it away from the center of your mouth.
The quick helmet release strap will be of great help especially for people who keep spitting their mouthguard out during play. That said, the air intake at the front is very useful as it allows for the intake of a higher volume of air. This air intake also allows for drinking and talking making this mouthguard very useful for people who talk a lot during play.
One other thing that stands out about the Nike Adult Hyperflow Mouthguard is its ability to withstand chewing. A lot of people who use mouthguards, especially children, chew on them. This mouthguard first of all fits in place to keep it from moving into a position on which it can be chewed upon. Secondly, it is made out of tough material that is able to withstand chewing. You can expect the Nike Adult Hyperflow Mouthguard to last a whole season on above average use.
- Flavored thus allowing for long periods of wear
- Very high quality oif material making this mouthguard very durable
- It is chew-resistant
- Does not push the lips outwards when worn and allows for talking and drinking
- Due to its company being relatively unknown, a lot of people may not trust it
- Some users found the sizes of the mouthguards inaccurate
Coming in at number 10 on our list is a surprising entry. MoGo is a little know company that has been around for some time and it just now that they are starting to get ahead in the mouthguards arena. The MoGo Sport Youth Lemon Flavored Mouthguard is made specially for the youth and Young adults who are just starting out with football. Being lemon flavored ensures that the young children who use this mouthguard are able to keep it in their mouth.
The disadvantage of the flavor is that some children might be tempted to chew on the mouthguard. To prevent damage from being done to the MoGo Sport Youth Lemon Flavored Mouthguard due to chewing, MoGo ensured that the material used with this mouthguard is of the highest quality possible. Actual users have reported that this mouthguard can last a whole season so that is something to be happy about.
The MoGo Sport Youth Lemon Flavored Mouthguard comes with or without a tether. If you decide not to use the tether, you will find the hole through which the tether attaches to to be an additional space through which you can take in air. However, it is important to note that this mouthguard is made with breathability in mind as it is meant for young adults.
The MoGo Sport Youth Lemon Flavored Mouthguard comes in different sizes and colors so it will be easy for you to pick one that you like fairly easily. It is also easy to drink and talk with the mouthguard on and the slim design of the MoGo Sport Youth Lemon Flavored Mouthguard ensured that your lips do not bulge when you have it on. Its easy to fit and you will find all the instructions that you need regarding that on the packaging material.