How To Mold A Mouth Guard In 6 Easy Steps

how to mold a mouthguard for combat sports

How To Mold A Mouth Guard In 6 Easy Steps

Combat sports are hard knock pursuits. Therefore, some pieces of equipment are not optional. Unless you want a very painful transition to false teeth, a mouth protector is essential for combat sports – including grappling! The importance of this simple but effective bit of equipment, cannot be underestimated. Dentistry is expensive and a broken grill hurts like hell. So don’t just make sure you buy a mouth guard, make sure you properly mould it to fit your mouth. 

How To ‘Boil & Bite’ Mold Your Mouthpiece:

When you first hear you have to fit your mouth piece by boiling it, it sounds like a daunting task. It isn’t! A ‘boil & bite’ fitting is quick, easy and safe.

Here at Nak Muay Wholesale, we recommend the Fairtex MG3 Mouthguard. This is because it has a heavy duty rubber shock frame. Also, a wave design with high level shock absorption qualities to provide maximum protection to the upper and lower jaw. The MG3 has Gel-Fit Liner which easily moulds to your unique dental pattern when softened in boiling water and then bitten. 

So in our opinion, it is quite simply the best mouthguard made in Thailand, for it’s price range. Once you have bought your gum shield, follow these simple steps below to mold a mouth guard:


6 steps to fitting your boxing mouthguard:

Gather these items – Mirror, fork or spoon, kettle or pot, water, timer, bowl, ice water

1 – Make sure you read the manufacturer’s guide to find out exactly how long they recommend to submerge it in boiling water. You need to get the right timing to soften Fairtex’s unique Gel-Fit Liner. Do not skip this step! Once you have done this, move on to the next step.

2 – Don’t heat the water with the gum shield in it. Boil the water separately and set the timer using the Fairtex specifications. When the water is boiling, remove from the heat and submerge the mouthguard.  

3 – Start the timer.

4 – When the timer beeps, remove the mouthpiece with the fork or spoon. Set aside on the counter top as you turn on the cold faucet. Let the cold run for a few seconds then run the water over the mouthguard for 1 to 2 seconds.

5 – When it is cool enough to put in your mouth, in front of the mirror, line it up so it goes in your mouth straight. Make sure it is level in your mouth. When you are confident that it is level, bite down firmly and count to 10. This will mould the mouthguard to your unique dental imprint. Make sure it feels comfortable and snug. 

6 – If you are happy with the fit, quickly submerge the mouthguard in the ice water for a few minutes to set it.

Pro tip: Mold your mouthguard the day before to avoid using it for at least 8 hours. This ensures it will set properly.

Fairtex Mouthguard


Safety First:

Combat sports are no joke and your teeth are vulnerable. Dentistry costs a lot and broken teeth are painful. So, whether you are striking or grappling, you need to wear a mouthguard. The thing is, you need to make sure it fits and that involves moulding your gum shield with boiling water. 

At Nak Muay Wholesale, we stock one of the best Thai made mouth pieces on the market.  The Fairtex MG3 Mouthguard has a unique Gel-Fit Liner. This Gel-Fit Liner moulds to your personal dental impression, when softened in boiling water and then bitten. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s boiling time specifications. Then you can follow the handy 6 point guide above to mold a mouth guard and protect your pearly whites for the foreseeable future. Please read on to find out what other protective equipment you need before you start training.

Bonus picks to refresh to your protective equipment set:

  • Hand wraps – Fairtex, Twins Special, Top King, Boon Sport and Windy combined offer a wide range of colors, lengths, and fabric blends. With this brand line up, we truly have something to fit every fighter’s style.
  • Groin guard – Fairtex & Twins offer a traditional “Thai” style  while Windy uses a more modern jock strap design. All 3 offer the same steel protection
  • Ankle support – vibrant colors from Nationman, Twins & Fairtex are available. Can’t decide which one is best? Check out this article


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