Keeping My Jaw Safe With SAFEJAWZ

SAFEJAWZ Mouthguard

One thing my darling mother has always been proud of is my teeth. At the ripe old age of 36, I’ve never had a filling and I didn’t need braces when I was a kid. So when I tell her I’m sparring at Combat Ready Gym, she insists that I go to my dentist like I did for my old rugby gum shield, and get a proper one fitted. “None of those cheap ones, okay boy?!” Yes, she still calls me “boy”. However, things have changed since my teenage days and now you can get a perfectly fitted mouthguard online with

SAFEJAWZ offer good quality self-fit gumshields but where they excel is with their custom fit options. The day after contacting the UK-based company, my kit arrives. It consists of an impression tray, two pots of putty and a nicely designed set of instructions. After watching their instructional video, all I need to do is boil a kettle to loosen up the tray and mix the two pots of putty together before fitting the combination together. Then I line up my front teeth and bite hard for 2½ minutes. After this time, I have left a pretty good impression in the tray and send it back to them in the free post bag provided.

Not only will a properly fitted mouthguard protect my pearly whites, it will also double up as a shock absorber should I get clipped by my opponent. The clue is in the name of this company, as the mouthguard will protect my jaw and – almost as importantly – prevent me from accidentally biting my lower lip… which, I am ashamed to say, I am prone to do when I get too excited during certain combinations.

Batman SAFEJAWZ mouthguard

Now what I really love about SAFEJAWZ is that they provide an array of superb designs but also offer you the option of uploading your own text or artwork. If I had a cool nickname like some of the UFC fighters that they sponsor then I’d stick that on there. But alas, I don’t. My high school nickname is just not appropriate (or something I want to share here). So, after a lot of deliberation over what to have, I decide on the artwork from my favourite superhero of all time: Batman. I know The Joker is more relevant at the time of writing but I don’t want to go into a martial arts gym promoting the fact that I’m a goon. I get punched enough as it is.

When my mouthguard arrives, I am blown away. Back in my rugby playing days, you had two options: black or white. Today, I have a bespoke gumshield that fits like a glove and makes me feel like a superhero; now I just need to learn how to fight like one.

To get yourself a custom-made mouthguard from SAFEJAWZ, visit their website and start getting creative.

Author Bio:

John Harfield is a travel writer and photographer based in Edinburgh and one of our regular contributors.

Photographs by John Harfield

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