So are mouth guards any good for Airsoft??
I have been thinking about putting this to test as I wanted a type of protection that would make feel protected from ever breaking a tooth, but at the same time I didn’t want to use a half face mask of any sort as from my experience they either fog up your protection eye-wear or if you go with the mesh masks, it becomes less comfortable and easy to aim down your sights and rest your cheek on the stock. Which also makes you have to train differently and position/adjust your sights with a different setup since your eyes wont be at the same level and angle when you’re using the mask.
So I did a bit of research and found some Doctor Shock mouth guards from Sport Direct, I was looking for the double mouth guard version but since it was Friday and I had an Airsoft game next Saturday I had to go to the Shock Doctor Gel Max Mouth Guard, which only provide protection to the upper teeth.
After getting home and checking the instructions I realized I had to boil the thing for 90 secs in order to make it adjust to the shape of my teeth.
After boiling I had to run it by cold water and then bite hard on it so it would take up the needed shape and get the best fit possible. I had to do this procedure three times as only at the third time it would have a comfortable fit that wont fall from your teeth after it cools down.
Ready for my first Airsoft day with my new mouth guard I was still a bit sceptical and afraid of not having my bottom teeth protected, but I decided to go through with this.
When I first worn them I noticed that its kinda hard to talk while wearing them and your speech starts sounding like gibberish to other players! But heck I did my best to speak and make myself understood as you can also communicate by hand signals…
After a whole day of sounding funny I noticed that wearing the mouth guard boosted my confidence and didn’t have any interference on the way I use my gun and play. Only the way I speak. I also learned that I could take it out during short moments to communicate with team-mates as long as we weren’t under fire. I even took a shot to the upper lip and although it wasn’t a very strong impact I felt that had it been stronger the mouth guard would have avoided any of my teeth from breaking. So there’s the actual physical protection plus the psychological effect that having this extra layer of protection that boosts your confidence and takes your mind away from the dreadful thoughts of cracking a tooth.
Overall I really enjoyed wearing the mouth guard and will continue to do so. Only thing I will do is I’ll probably give the double mouth guard a shot, but I foresee that I probably wont be able to speak at all using it