Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a sport that’s been around since the early 1920’s. It originated in Brazil and is based largely on grappling and ground fighting. BJJ is considered to be an important aspect of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), especially when it comes to ground fighting and has many similarities to Muay Thai. Over the past few decades, it’s become quite a popular sport and is now it’s an activity enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.
There’s no doubt about it, that BJJ is a contact sport. It’s close range, and as such, there’s a high chance of you receiving a blow or two to the face (especially when you’re just starting out). Therefore, whether practiced for professional reasons or for fun, it’s vital you don some kind of safety gear when going at it.
In this review, we’re going to run through the main features and benefits of some of the best BJJ mouthguards available today. We’ll highlight what we especially liked and where (if anywhere) the product may have fallen short. And to give you an even better insight as to just how good these products are, each one was tested by professional BJJ fighters themselves.
Venum Challenger Mouthguard – Best Overall
While each and every one of the mouthguards listed here are very good in their own right, the one that seemed to hit the nail on the head with the majority of our testers was the Venum Challenger Mouthguard.
This mouthguard is phenomenal when it comes to the protection of your teeth, much of which is down to the overall product design and the high-density rubber frame. The overall shock is absorbed greatly by this, and is therefore the perfect safety accessory when playing any kind of contact sport such as football, basketball, or BJJ.
When it comes to comfort, the Venum Challenger Mouthguard is a hands-down winner, with one of our testers commenting, “I’ve used lots of different mouthguards over the years, but none have been as comfortable as this. Not even the custom fit mouthguards I have worn in the past”. It’s equipped with a NextFit Gel Frame that’s designed to enhance your comfort while reducing injuries to your both your lower and upper teeth.
Another the reasons as to why this is such a popular choice is because it’s such great value for money. It costs less than most others on this list, and it has amazing shock absorption capabilities. On top of that, it’s also one of the most comfortable pieces of safety gear to wear. As you can tell by this review the rubber shock frame was a real winner for us.
Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard
Shock Doctor is responsible for providing a wide range of high-quality mouthguards to a variety of athletes, including those involved in boxing, MMA, and BJJ. What’s good about the Gel Max Mouthguard is that it’s been designed especially for those involved in contact sports, so you know the level of protection your teeth will receive is second-to-none. And, when put to the test by a group of BJJ fighters, they all agreed that as well as providing good protection, it’s a very comfortable mouthguard to wear, even after an extended period.
There are integrated breathing channels fitted in the Gel max Mouthguard that not only allow you to breathe more easily, but they also make it much more hygienic. And, it comes with a convertible harness that allows you to use the mouthguard either with a strap, or completely strapless for added comfort. Another bonus is that it’s extremely easy to mold, using just boiling water.
All-in-all, the Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouthguard is a great product to use when taking part in any contact sport and has the quality to rival even the best custom mouthguard products available. It’s well made, adequately priced, and, most importantly, provides excellent protection for your teeth.
Sisu NextGen Mouthguard
Not for the faint-hearted, the SISU Aero Mouthguard is one of the higher priced models on this list. However, it is pretty spectacular in functionality, comfort, and color choice.
Measuring in at just 2.4mm thick, this mouthguard is actually around 30% thinner than most other sports mouthguards on this list. But don’t let that deter you as it’s actually a huge benefit. Because it’s thinner, it’s less bulky, and much more fitting in the mouth. This will enable you to talk, breathe, and drink much more easily. It also features a wider bit pad, rounded edges, and better moldabilty, all adding to a more enjoyable user experience.
When put against the rigorous testing of the experts, one fighter claimed that his teeth and gums had never felt so protected when using the Sisu NextGen Mouthguard. Thanks to the clever Diffusix technology that’s been used to create this mouthguard, it can stand up to the impacts received when playing contact sports such as BJJ, lacrosse, and football.
And lastly, it comes available to buy in 8 different colors, allowing you to customize your gear to get a great look and get the edge over your opponent.
Opro Power Fit
The Opro Power Fit is another top-quality mouthguard that has a huge following amongst those involved in professional sports. Not only is used by a number of talented BJJ and MMA fighters, it’s also the official mouthguard of the UFC, USA Rugby, Pop Warner & AYF, and more.
When it comes to protection, this is one of the best in the industry. The Opro brand itself was founded by a former dentist with a passion for providing adequate an affordable protection for sports players teeth. A lot of extensive research was completed to get to the finished product we have today, and it’s paid off. Each of these mouthguards comes with an extended 18-month Dental Protection policy that’s worth a hefty $20,000, so you know the quality is more than adequate.
In terms of comfort, the Opro Power Fit is equipped with the Opro Power Cage. This is a 2-piece system that makes the molding process much more effective. There’s no slipping and sliding with this mouthguard. Once the mouthguard has been customized to the mold of your teeth, it fits like a glove.
According to one of our testers, “for such a small investment, it makes a huge difference. No more worrying about loose teeth.” It’s protective, comfortable, and loved by the pros. What more could you want?
Redline Sportswear Custom Mouthguard – Best Budget
Last, but certainly not least on this list, is the Redline Sportswear Custom Molded Mouthguard. Available in a good selection of colors, this product is a very versatile one in that it’s suitable for both kids and adults. It’s effective in providing protection against impact to your teeth, lips, and gums, and is made using 100% BPA free, PVC free, and latex free materials.
The molding process for this boil and bite mouthguard is also simple and can be done in a matter of seconds once the kettle has boiled. Simply soften it up first by placing the mouthguard in boiling water. Then leave to cool for a few moments before popping in your mouth and biting down naturally. And if for any reason, it doesn’t feel right the first time, simply re-heat the water and remold the mouthguard until it’s comfortable for you.
One thing our testers all agreed on unanimously when reviewing this product was it fits very snugly in your mouth. There’s no excess movement and your teeth feel totally protected.
It’s great value for money, made using completely safe materials, and it’s been given the heads up by a group of professional BJJ fighter. You even get your own little carrying case to store it in. So, overall, the Redline Sportswear Custom Fit Mouthguard is not a bad buy at all.
What to Consider When Buying The Best BJJ Mouthguard
If you’ve never had the pleasure of wearing a mouthguard, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. However, mouthguards vary greatly between models and if you don’t know what you’re looking for you may end up with a useless piece of rubber and a few broken teeth. So, in this section we’ll go through some of the things to look for and consider before buying your next BJJ or MMA mouthguard:
- Protection: BJJ is a very physically involved contact sport and unfortunately, getting hurt is pretty unavoidable. However, you can limit the amount of damage you get by ensuring you don the correct protective gear (a decent mouthguard being one of them). The level of protection provided by mouthguards varies across the board and depends largely on the design and materials used. For maximum protection, try and opt for a model that not only shields the teeth, but provides adequate protection for the tongue and lips as well. As with all of our reviews, we must reiterate that even the best sporting mouthguard will not help to prevent concussion.
- Comfort/breathability: Another extremely important feature for those needing to wear a mouthguard. Never choose protection over comfort. Both are just as important as one another. Make sure you can still breathe, talk, and drink while wearing it.
- Size/weight: This one comes down to the individual’s preference. Some people prefer mouthguards that are slim and lightweight, while others prefer to have something a little bulkier to bite down on. As long as it provides adequate protection and is comfortable enough to wear while training or fighting, just choose what feels best for you. You don’t necessarily need the most heavy-duty advanced design.
- Warranty: Any mouthguard that’s worth investing in, will have a good warranty attached to it. Most will be in the region of a few thousand dollars and are there to compensate you should their product fail to do as intended. At the end of the day, you’re buying a product to protect your teeth and prevent them from getting damaged. If there is no cover in place ‘just in case’ of failure, is it worth the risk?
We hope you found the above article useful and are now in a better position to buy the best mouthguard to suit your requirements. Investing in a good mouthguard is essential when practicing any kind of combat sport. A blow to the head or the face is a big impact, and if not properly protected, can do a lot of damage. And not just to your upper and lower teeth, but to the lips, gums, and lower jaw. So, for the sake of a few bucks, do yourself a favor, and get protected.