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A little bit of insight into my mouth guard experience
I have used a quite a few different mouth guards over the years. But like most of us, I never loved any of them and only would wear them when I felt had to. This would lead to me leaving it in my bag most of the time, accomplishing absolutely nothing. I trained like this for years, until I got kicked in the jaw while training one day. This chipped and or cracked 4 of my teeth. Fortunately none of them were that bad and I was able to get them fixed relatively easily. Since then I have made it a point to put a mouth guard in every time I am training where there is a possibility I could take a hit.
How I chose my mouth guard
I started using traditional top jaw shock doctor mouth guards when I started doing Jiu-jitsu, and they worked well, but never did a good job of hold on to my teeth. Because of this I would find myself playing with or chewing on them while I rolled. Which does not sound like the worst thing in the world until you get hit with it sideways in your mouth. The other thing playing with them I would damage them so fast I would have to repair or replace them every other month. So I decided to start looking for a different style of mouth guard that would hold on to my teeth better. So I started reaching different brands I found that every mouth guard out there all say the same thing, “holds securely to your teeth”, and after trying a few different brands and models with no luck I decided to try nontraditional mouth guards. In my search I found a mouth guard by Shock Doctor called “Gravity 2” that fits to your bottom teeth. I found that it did much better than any of the top mounted guards I had tried in the past but I still did not love it. Because of this I kept looking for something better and stumbled upon a company called Sisu. I started doing some research on them to see what other people said about them but other than their website there was not much out there. But they had a 4 star revew on Amazon so I figured why not give it a try! The next step was choosing which one of the two guards they sell. The Aero guard is there entry level mouth guard that is only 1.4MM thick, which is recommended by them for all sports, and there Max Guard which is 2.4MM and is recommended for High impact sports such as football, Lacrosse, and my personal favorite grappling. Being a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner I chose the Max guard.
Their website clams there mouth guards do not affect breathing or drinking, and you can talk with them in with little to no interference. This peaked my interest because whenever I wanted to talk (which I do a lot) I would have to stop in the middle of a roll to remove my mouth guard so they could understand me. Now I know this does not seem like that big of a deal and for the most part I would agree. But the act of having to spit it out and hold it while I was talking after I was just holding my partners foot in a toehold bugged me a little bit. I am not a big germaphobe, but no one wants there mouth guard on sitting on the mat ether. So the fewer times I have to take it out the better in my book.
Sisu clams that there max guard is 50% stronger than traditional mouth guards while being 30% thinner. They say that this is from there special thermoplastic material. In trying to look up some evidence I could not find any even on their own site. It turns out that I could not find any actual testing of mouth guards of any make by anyone other than some buddy who thought it would be a good idea to put one in and let someone hit him with a bat. It was funny! But it did not prove anything. I was hoping for some real measurable testing like they do with helmets but no such luck. So here is to hoping that someone decides to do some real testing on mouth guards so we can get some scientific data on how well these things really work.
When I received my first mouth guard from Sisu I was a little skeptical. It was a piece of plastic in a little blister case with cardboard all around it with instructions in with the guard.
After opening it my skepticism continued to grow. As I said before I had chosen the thicker Max guard and I had expected some sort of substantial plastic. What I had was a flat piece of plastic with holes it.
I put the guard aside and started reading the fitting instructions. They seemed pretty self-explanatory the only thing it said to worry about was letting the guard tough itself while it is soft because of the high probability of the guard sticking to itself.
The fitting process had me a little worried at first but with the promise that the guard can be reformed multiple times helped settle a lot of that.
Just like any other mouth guard I heated up some water in the microwave and put it in for a few minutes. I did this next part in the bathroom in front of a mirror. I used a fork to get it out and to my surprise it was a lot softer than I expected it to be! After trying to figure out how to grab it without letting it touch it I located the marked portion where your two front teeth are supposed to go and bit gently on it to hold it in place and using my tongue I moved the back portion that covers my molars around until it covered both sides evenly. Using my fingers I folded the outer portion up my teeth and under my lip and the inside with my tongue all the while making sure that my front teeth did not allow the plastic to move out of position. Using the mirror to insure that I had an even fit I closed my mouth and sucked on it a while until it hardened completely.
Here is a video from Sisu showing how to properly fit the mouth guard
After I was done I took it out and let it sit a while. When I went to put it back in it was a little tight and uncomfortable at first. But after about 5 minutes the material warmed up and fit like a glove. I have not had any problems with the material causing irritation on my gums but some people have. I did get one for my nephew and his will cause irritation some times. But when I go to check on the fit I find that his gums are inflamed and then that he has not brushed his teeth in a while!!!
The day to day use
As I said earlier I do like to talk a lot. With the guard in there is a slight I am going to call it mouth guard lisp when wearing it. But it is only bad enough to mention, and nowhere near bad enough to be a problem for me.
This is one of my favorite things about this. It does not affect my drinking at all! The holes even allow for water to flow through it so you can rinse it out without having to take it out!
How does it take a hit
My big concern for longevity was how it would hold up to taking a hit. I was afraid that because it was hard when I would get hit and bite down on it that I would leave marks and start cutting up the guard.
Now I purchased my first one almost a year ago and just got my second because my nephew wanted an electric blue one and wanted me to match. I wear them whenever I am rolling or we are drilling where an impact is likely. I have been hit quite a few times and the guard shows next to no wear at all! It has never cut into my gums and even when my tongue in between it and my bottom teeth when I get hit it very rarely ever gets even a scratch!
Now as I said earlier I have no scientific proof of how well it does because I could not find any independent testing done. But if there is someone doing it I just hope that they will one day broadcast their findings and data more freely so everyone can find it easily.
Snug secure fit
Allows me to talk
Allows me to drink
I wear it more because it make wearing a mouth guard more convenient
It can be a little unconvertible in the first five minutes of wearing it until it gets a chance to warm up.
Because it makes wearing a mouth guard convenient I wear my Sisu mouth guard more than I have worn any other mouth guard before. Because of its secure fitting I have never been hurt while wearing this guard. I do not have any miss fires for lack of a better term that I would get from other mouth guards, where yes you would be wearing a mouth guard but it would not be in place when you got hit causing your gums, tongue, or cheek to get damage during the impact.
The Sisu mough guards have become my favorite mouth guards hands down and I am not sure if anything will be able to trump them for me.
If you are interested in giving them a try please check them out on www.sisuguard.com