Originally Posted by icedog11
Wow I found a site with intellegent posters, I understand your point, however with the price point difference of maybe $20 the custom will easily out last the boil and bite 3 or 4 to 1. Imo the incidental contact while rolling can be the worste because you don't expect it. Most mouths become stable at 18. We do not go back beyond half of the second molar to stay away from the soft palate,( the area that causes the gag reflex) so changes after the eruption of the second molars (wisdom teeth) don't effect fit.
Oh I completely understand where you're coming from. I've broken 2 molars rolling, and but haven't done much more than split a lip striking. The molars were due to come out anyways, but I could've avoided getting them shattered if I had some sort of mouthgaurd on.
My whole thing is that a lot of the inquisitive posters are still teens who may or may not end up being a dedicated practitioner (life is unpredictable that way). In which case, right off the bat, get a cheapie boil and bite, unless they have some sort of orthodontic appliance (braces or what not) that they have to be conscious of. If they've gotten into it 3,4,6 months down the line and they know they're gonna' be dedicating a lot of time on the mat/in the ring, then I'm all for spending the cash on good equipment.
ON a side note, do you think it would be possible to put a quadruple gold star pattern on a T606 Color Gladiator Pro maouthgaurd? I want something to end up resembling the Phillippine Flage:
How much would that run? Believe me, I am curious.