Mouthpieces Are for Protection, not Performance

Mouthpiece For Protection, Not Performance?

The first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word “performance” mouthpiece is probably a mouthguard. But there are many other types of mouthpieces available for bodybuilders and powerlifters. Some of them have been around since the beginning of time while others were invented recently. There are also some specialized mouthpieces designed specifically for certain sports or activities.

Performance Mouthpiece:

Performance mouthpieces are made with high quality materials such as stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic. They are usually water resistant and have a very small opening size (usually 1/4 inch).

These mouthpieces tend to be expensive due to their higher price tag. However they do provide better protection than standard mouthguards. They may even last longer because they don’t get worn down over time like regular mouth guards do.

Some of these mouthpieces are made especially for competition. They may come with extra features such as an anti-microbial coating, a shock absorbing material, and so forth.

They are typically only used by professional athletes or those competing at international level. If you want to compete in a local gym without spending too much money then you can always use a cheap performance mouthpiece. You will still need to buy additional accessories if you plan on using it regularly in training sessions or competitions. These additional pieces will be discussed later on in this article.

Best mouthpiece for weightlifting:

If you plan on using a regular mouthguard then you need to make sure that it is specifically designed for lifting weights in the gym. You should never use a general-purpose mouthguard because they are much too small and flimsy.

These mouthguards are designed to protect your teeth while performing less strenuous activities such as playing basketball, riding a bike or chewing ice.

Weightlifting mouthpieces come in a wide range of sizes and thicknesses. You can choose one that is specifically molded for your teeth or you can choose a “boil and bite” model where you will place it in hot water to soften the material.

After placing it in your mouth you will bite down on it until it reaches the right size and shape.

There are a few things you should watch out for when buying a mouthpiece for weightlifting. The most important factor is the thickness of the material.

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You want a mouthpiece that will provide adequate protection without being too bulky and causing you to clench your jaw tightly. There should be just enough room for your teeth to move freely when clenching.

Another thing you will need to consider is the size and shape of the mouthpiece. You want one that is large and rectangular so it can fill up more area in your mouth.

The material should also have a bit of texture to it so the jaw muscles receive extra stimulation during training sessions.

Picking the right size and shape for your mouthpiece is entirely up to you. If you are very skilled and have been lifting weights for a long time then you may want to try something thicker and more durable.

On the other hand, if you are a beginner with little to no experience in this area then you may want to start off smaller.

Top quality weightlifting mouthpiece:

DHK Weightlifting Training Device

The DHK training device is made from medical grade silicone to ensure maximum comfort and protection. The material is heat resistant (up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit) so it can be adjusted to fit your mouth without any issues.

You just place it in hot water until it reaches the desired temperature, bite down, and allow it to cool off. The training device can be used for up to a year (or more) before it starts to show signs of wear and tear.

The mouthpiece comes in two thicknesses (regular and soft) and several different colors (blue, green, red, black, yellow, white). It is designed for both men and women so you do not have to worry about purchasing the wrong size.

The width and length of the training device were specially designed to fill up more space in your mouth. Your teeth are forced to clench down on solid material rather than empty space which helps to strengthen the jaw muscles over time.

You can also chew on the mouthpiece if you start feeling pain from biting down too hard.

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Pros:

Makes a great gag gift.

Can help improve jaw strength and relieve stress.

Cheaper than most other weightlifting mouthpieces.

Comes in a wide variety of colors.

Soft version is extra gentle on the gums and teeth.

Cons:

Temperature play is not for everyone.

The hole can tend to collect water and saliva over time.

Only comes in one thickness.

Tips: Do not overheat the mouthpiece or you risk burning your tongue and mouth. Start with cooler water and slowly increase the temperature until you find the right temperature that is comfortable for you.

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Also, do not leave the training device in the water for too long as it can start to lose its shape and warp.

Who uses it?

Weightlifters who want to improve their bite strength and overcome jaw pain. People who are just getting their teeth fixed and need something to help them get over the pain of a mouthful of braces.

What Do I Need to Know About Weightlifting Mouthpieces?

A mouthpiece is possibly one of the more underrated pieces of weightlifting equipment. Even though every competitive lifter uses this protective device in some form or another, a lot of people skip it because they do not understand how useful it can be.

A mouthpiece serves two main purposes: It protects your teeth and strengthens your bite. A lot of people mistakenly think that it is only useful for protecting their teeth but this is not the case.

A mouthpiece can actually make your jaw stronger and prevent you from getting pain in your teeth and gums.

When you wear a mouthpiece, you are encouraging your jaw to clench down on something hard which forces the muscles to adapt and get stronger over time. Most people do not put enough thought into their bite and this simple step can actually prevent a lot of pain in the future.

Alongside protecting your teeth and strengthening your jaw, a mouthpiece can actually help to keep your head still while you are lifting. A lot of lifters complain about their head moving around when they are trying to lift heavy weights.

A mouthpiece can help to keep your head in place so you can focus on the matter at hand: bench pressing!

Now you may be asking yourself: “Why not just use my teeth as a mouthpiece?”

This is an okay solution if you do not have the money to buy a proper mouthpiece but it can be a little dangerous. Using your teeth as a mouthpiece can actually wear down your teeth and cause them to get weaker over time. Using an actual mouthpiece prevents this from happening.

When you begin to lift weights, your body can begin to adapt in various ways. One of these ways is called a forward head posture.

This happens when the muscles in your upper back become weaker than your jaw muscles causing your head to jut forward. If you are using your teeth as a mouthpiece on a regular basis, this can make the problem worse causing more pain and discomfort in the future.

Always remember, if you are going to use your teeth as a mouthpiece, always make sure you are using an actual mouthpiece that is designed for this purpose.

How Do I Use A Mouthpiece?

Using a mouthpiece is easier than you might think. You just boil the mouthpiece for 10 minutes to sterilize it, let it dry, and then boil again for another 10 minutes. Once this is done, fit the mouthpiece into your mouth so that it feels comfortable. Use a mirror to ensure that it is fitting snuggly in your mouth.

Once you are sure it is fitting correctly, bite down on the mouthpiece while keeping your teeth on it for at least 10 minutes. This will allow your muscles to begin to get used to the feeling of clenching down on the mouthpiece while getting accustomed to its shape and density.

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Now when you go to lift, begin by clenching down on the mouthpiece. This will give you something to focus on as well as keep your head in place while you bench or squat.

You can use the mouthpiece during all of your weightlifting sessions though most people only use it when they are attempting a heavy lift.

What Are The Different Types Of Mouthpieces?

So far we have only discussed using a mouthpiece while weightlifting. However, there are actually different types of mouthpieces that are meant for doing different things. Let’s discuss the different type of mouthpieces so you can decide which one is right for you.

1. The Over The Top Mouthpiece

This is the most common type of mouthpiece and also the one that we have been discussing on this page. The over the top mouthpiece can help to strengthen your jaw, keep your head in place, and provide extra support when lifting.

This type of mouthpiece is great for power lifters who need all the help they can get with heavy lifts. If you are an average person who only goes to the gym once a week to maintain your health and don’t really push yourself too hard then this may not be the right mouthpiece for you.

2. The Jaw Harness

The jaw harness is a mouthpiece that wraps around your head and has two bands that go in the front and below your chin. It looks similar to a horse’s bit and can provide extra support for those who have weak or underdeveloped jaw muscles.

This is a good second choice if an over the top mouthpiece feels too restrictive for you.

Sources & references used in this article:

Mouthpiece by JC Butler, RM Haley – US Patent 3,103,217, 1963 – Google Patents

Methods of preparing customized, neuromuscular mouthpieces for enhancing athletic performance by AK Makkar, TR Laingchild, PJ Dokuchie – US Patent 8,667,972, 2014 – Google Patents

Mouthpiece by RH May, RA Burgoyne – US Patent 4,672,959, 1987 – Google Patents

Methods of preparing customized mouthpieces for enhancing athletic performance by AK Makkar, TR Laingchild, PJ Dokuchie… – US Patent …, 2014 – Google Patents

Mouthpiece by SB Kallestad, RH May – US Patent 3,943,924, 1976 – Google Patents

P3 Personal Power and Performance Mouthpiece by RM Alvarez, JS Alvarez, WC La Velle – US Patent App. 13/007,620, 2011 – Google Patents

Mouthpiece to be worn by athletes by AJ Savarese – US Patent 2,659,366, 1953 – Google Patents