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Do I need a mouthguard?
In general, wearing a mouthguard during contact sports is a really good idea. Even if you don't plan on getting struck in the face, you never know when accidental contact may happen. In the realm of boxing, a mouthguard is a definite must-have. Wearing a mouthguard helps protect from concussions, TMJ disorder, and teeth becoming chipped or knocked out.

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What kind of mouthguard is right for me?
The standard, cheap style of mouthguard is called 'boil and bite.' These mouthguards are constructed out of thermoplastic and, when boiled, are very malleable. When bitten, they conform to the biter's mouth and stay that way once cooled. These don't provide a perfect fit.
Better mouthguards have a strong core, with moldable elements that mold to your teeth when boiled. This provides a better fit and a stronger mouthguard. A good fit will keep your mouthguard in place when you're hit. A proper mouthguard should conform to your upper teeth when you open your mouth - you should have to pull on it to remove it from your mouth.

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Can I wear a mouthguard with my braces?
Yes, there are mouthguards available specifically for braces. These specialty models are often constructed out of medical silicone. This allows the mouthguard to mold to your teeth and braces without boiling.
It is recommended that people with braces get a mouthguard that protects both the upper and lower shelf of teeth.

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Single layer vs double layer guard
One stylistic difference you'll notice while browsing mouthpieces is single and double layer. Single layer guards are the most common and only conform to the upper row of teeth. The theory is if you properly protect the upper layer of teeth, there will be nothing for the lower layer to bang into. Double layer guards simply take that protection further by covering both the upper and lower layers of teeth. This is especially useful for individuals who have had damage done to some of their bottom teeth, or who feel as if they need extra protection overall.
Double layer mouthguards are slightly tougher to breath through as the mouth must stay closed and air is drawn through the breathing holes; however, keeping the mouth closed helps protect against KO and jaw injuries.
Some modern upper mouthguards extends slightly over the lower teeth to provide some lower tooth protection without the disadvantages to a double layer mouthguard.

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Must all boxers wear mouthguards?
Both in amateur and professional fights, boxers are required to wear mouthpieces. It is generally advised in gym sparring and even casual training that you wear one as well. The more you wear a mouthguard, the more accustomed you will be to having it in. Being distracted or hindered by your mouthpiece during a match is a surefire way to put yourself at a disadvantage.

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How often should I replace my mouthguard?
For children, it is recommended you re-examine and possibly replace the mouthguard on a yearly basis. The reason why is because children's teeth are a bit more vulnerable and as they grow, the fit of the mouthguard may change. For adults, it is recommended that you check your guard regularly for tears or holes, and replace it as needed. Some sports professionals prefer to replace it after every sports season.

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You might also need...
Something that goes along with a mouthpiece is headgear. Proper head protection is not only recommended for anyone training in boxing, it is also required for amateurs! If you are particularly worried about your mouth, face, and head you can invest in headgear that has a face shield. There are clear plastic versions and metallic cage versions.

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