Opro Shield Gold mouthguard review
Opro are one of the major UK mouthguard producers, and are the official mouthguard of England rugby, and have a broad range of custom fit, boil and bite and snap fit mouthguards.
About the gum shield
The Opro shield is a boil and bite mouthguard and comes in bronze, silver, gold and platinum options, each of which offers a different level of dental warranty. I reviewed the gold mouthguard, which has a £8,000 warranty and comes in a broad range of colours, with variations that are suitable for wearing with braces and for children to use.
I initially bought this mouthguard in college when I was playing rugby, and found it easy to mould. It took two or three attempts but I managed to get a really nice fit. Several years later I rediscovered it when I started muay thai sparring, and I needed to remould it. Again this was simple, a single boil and bite was enough to get a really good tight fit that has lasted me through many a sparring session.
I went for a dark blue version, which comes with a white inner lining. When moulded the white forms a thin border round the blue, which gives the guard a clean cut look.
The opro mouthguards feature a set of patented anatomical fins that help to provide a greater fit, and air spaces for maximum protection. As mentioned above the gold option also comes with an £8,000 dental warranty.
When fitted correctly the mouthguard feels very slim and doesn’t take up much space in the mouth, which means that when you’re sparring you don’t feel like you’re struggling to breath. The protection offered is great, I’ve taken some heavy hits to the mouth and haven’t had any side effects.
You can find these mouthguards on amazon for around £17, and in my opinion they make a great choice of gumshield for any beginners, though a more serious or frequent fighter might want to invest in a custom mouthguard for a closer fit.
+ Great fit
+ £8,000 dental warranty
– Boil and bite not as suitable for serious fighters.
– Not as close fit as custom mouthguards
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