This is John. John is a boxer. John needs a powerful mouth guard that can best protect his brain from knocking against his skull, causing a concussion, traumatic brain injury, or worse (we're talking d-e-a-t-h). Have you seen the research on what concussion, especially the multiple concussions sustained by a boxer or football player for example, can do to a person. Over time? It's disturbing, isn't it? If you don't know what we're talking about, google it. Anything with :edu (i.e. "concussion:edu") is going to heed you credible intel because you should never take someone selling something's word for it and the "edu" means education so it has to be legit. Right?
Needless to say, John is smart. He saw us, just two moms, driving through SoDo one day and asked about the signage on our vehicle (for ShockShield MouthGuards, our superior sports mouth guard professionally made in an orthodontic lab with the PolyShok™ technology capable of absorbing 85% of the concussive energy that travels up the jaw to the brain when your head takes a hit).
So we gave him our card. He came in to the lab (Trace Ortho Lab, where our mouth guards are fabricated by expert lab staff) and he and Tracie (Thomas, my wife and owner of said lab) collaborated on design, and before you know it (two days in fact), he had a superior kick-ass mouth guard with a black dragon wrapping around the thick PolyShok™ material, material which, by the way, the Division of Orthodontics wrote in an article comparing the impact energy absorption of three mouthguard materials as "the most energy-absorbent material in all three environments" (Lunt, Mendel, Brantley, Beck, Huja, Schriever, Grentzer, Alapati, 2010).
With all that said, and; as this blog title suggests, nothing is created equal, so we ask you. Does the athlete playing basketball or volleyball or tennis need the same heavy-duty mouth guard that an athlete willing to take multiple blows to the head (like our friend John) is going to take needs? Guess what? The answer is not that simple because nothing in life is simple and the fact of the matter is the answer can and is yes and no. Yes, you still need a superior mouth guard that you can design yourself and your team mates can hear you talk around and you know is going to have your brain if something crazy happens; but, no; it does not have to be crazy thick like boxer John's. That's because you are putting your brains safety in the hands of professionals! Professional lab technicians who take an actual impression of your teeth in order to fabricate (in varying degrees of thickness!) the sports mouth guard most ideal for you as an athlete. I mean, doesn't that make sense?
Don't ask us. Ask your dentist. Your doctor. Your brain surgeon neighbor. And do something. Today. To protect yourself or your student athlete from the debilitatingly insufferable effects of a concussion. Because no athlete should give up the sport s/he loves.
Reference: Lunt, D. R., Mendel, D. A., Brantley, W. A., Michael Beck, F., Huja, S., Schriever, S. D., Grentzer, T. H. and Alapati, S. B. (2010), Impact energy absorption of three mouthguard materials in three environments. Dental Traumatology, 26: 23–29. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-9657.2009.00848.x