My Experience of Opro Shield Self Fit Mouth Guards
Posted Dec 06 2010 12:00am
Mark & I decided to pick up some new mouth guards for the tournament. Mark lost his old, dentist-fitted one while moving house, and I had a tooth removed last year so needed a new one anyway.
The sports shops in the area are more like football kit stores rather than real sports shops, so there wasn’t much choice in terms of brands. We decided to pick up two Opro Shield Self Fit mouth guards. Just the Bronze ones, since we weren’t planning on keeping them for long.
The idea behind the mouth guard is that you put it in boiling water for 20 seconds, then shake it off, put it in your mouth, and suck/rub on it for 30 seconds. Then you take a drink of cold water, take the mouth guard out of your mouth and dip it in cold water and, in theory, it’s done.
Sadly that didn’t work out for me. I have a small mouth, so could barely get the adult mouth guard in to fit it, and because of the gap in my bite I didn’t really make any impression on the front fins. I suspect I need a junior version.
Mark fared a little better, but despite going through the fitting process a couple of times it isn’t quite tight enough. He’s used to being able to bite down once and then forget about it, rather than having to fuss with the mouth guard constantly because it keeps coming lose.
Opro have a nice returns policy where you can exchange a mouth guard for another of the same type, or pay the difference between that guard and a better one. I’m tempted to try and find a junior version of the Opro Shield gold, which has more fins so should fit better. At least until I can get a custom one fitted.