Lip Guard vs Mouth Guard

Lip Protector Mouthguards VS. Regular Mouthguards

When it comes to educating coaches and athletes about different types of mouth guards available, the most common mouth guard types that are talked about by the dental community are stock mouth guards or mouth guards designed for teeth grinding. In this article, we will expand into the sub categories of this list. This article will cover the differences between Lip Guards and Boil-And-Bite Mouth Guards.

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Football Lip Guards

Also known as a Pacifier mouthpiece, binky mouthguard, or lip protector. Whatever you choose to call them, these are mouth guards that cover the lips and are often seen worn in American football. Tune in to an NFL football game and you will see many players wearing these types of mouth guards.

These lip protector mouth guards do not require boiling, therefore, they may be considered stock mouth guards. They stay in the mouth from the athlete clenching down on the mouth guard. This may be a concern if you are an athlete that needs to communicate to his teammates during plays as they do not typically allow ease of speech.

To remedy this issue, Nxtrnd Mouthguards has designed a slim fitting boil and bite mouth guard, allowing athletes that must communicate with other players the ability to talk easily.

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Furthermore, pacifier mouthpieces provide an external shield that protects the lip regions from impact. Because of the shield, an athletes upper and lower teeth are also protected. We recommend lip protector mouth guards for all football players excepting QB's. Lip guards are quick to wear, and quickly removed and can be hung from the helmet as the player communicates with his teammates in- between plays.

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These are the most common mouth guards sold throughout the world. Walk into most sporting good store and you will be inundated with the choices available.

They typically range in price from about $15-$40. These are the type of mouth guards that you place in boiling hot water for a period of time, and then bite down to mold to your teeth, hence the term boil and bite. Keep in mind that the majority of boil and bite mouth guards do not mold very well to your teeth. Most of these varieties do not form well making them more likely to shift in your mouth from body movement, and constantly come off the teeth from gravity. This can cause breath obstruction, and inhibit your speech. These are some of the key reasons why people hate mouth guards.

Nxtrnd has engineered a unique material blend offering a better alternative to standard boil and bite mouth guards. Nxtrnd's boil and bite mouth guards are designed to allow ease of speech, breathability, with a comfortable fit.

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When it comes to mouth protection in football, you have two types of mouth guards available. The first type is a mouth guard with an integrated strap that connects to your helmets facemask and the second type is a lip guard.


This type of mouth guard tightly molds to your teeth creating a comfortable fit while protecting both upper and lower teeth from impact. The strap is designed to be attached to your helmet preventing the mouth guard from falling to the ground. This kind of mouth guard will allow speech and breathability while protecting your teeth and mouth, but does not protect your lips.

Therefore, if you want to have a mouth guard that protects and covers your mouth and lips, we recommend looking into a lip guard mouth guard. The lip guard offers protection to the mouth and lips and is perfect for an athlete looking for extra protection.


Lip Guard Strap


Designed to protect your lips and teeth, football mouth guards with lip guard are becoming increasingly popular amoung football players of all levels. These mouth guards usually come with a tether or strap that attaches to the players facemask keeping the guard from falling to the ground when removed from the mouth. The lip guard part of the mouth guard is designed to shield the players lips from debris and protect from possible lacerations. A well designed lip guard will feature a breathing hole for maximum air flow to the athlete at all times.

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If your child has braces, protecting their teeth with the proper sports mouth guard is extremely important. A mouth guard designed to accomodate braces and engineered for use in football should be your top pick. We recommend a product like the Nxtrnd Braces mouth guard.

The Nxtrnd braces mouth guard protects the braces as well as your teeth, jaw and mouth from hard impacts. The guard is designed with a channel in its front part to accomodate the braces brackets and offer extra width to cover the braces, teeth and gums. The braces guard offers the same level of protection as a regular mouth guard and fits comfortably without reducing your ability to breath. Since braces alter the position of teeth, getting a custom molded mouthguard from your dentist or a OTC boil-and-bite mouthguard may become ineffective, uncomfortable and provide less protection after a few weeks.

For the best protection and comfort, a no-boiling required mouth guard like the Nxtrnd Braces mouth guard designed is your best option. This mouthguards is made of medical grade silicone which enables it to adapt to changes in mouth structure as teeth adjust.




After a hard collision between players, it's not uncommon to see a mouth guard fall to the ground and get lost from the impact. Therefore, it is really necessary to buy a mouth guard that you can tie to your helmet preventing it from falling to the ground and getting dirty. If you have braces, it is important that the mouth guards strap mecanism not interfere with your braces. Therefore, the strap system should attach to the mouth guard on the exterior of the guard like the Nxtrnd Braces Mouthguard.

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Firstly, you must insert the straps "T" joint into the hole found on the mouth guards lip shield. Once this step is completed, you can put your helmet on and wear your mouth guard as you normally would in a game. To attach your mouth guard to your helmet, wrap the loose end of the strap around a part of your facemask that doesn't affect your vision. Usually, there are some holes in the middle of the mouth guard strap that allow you to tightly lock and secure the strap.

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