According to a 4/5/2010 Position Statement from the Board of Directors of The Academy for Sports Dentistry:
"The fitting of a mouthguard is best accomplished under the supervision or direction of a dentist. The athlete and/or parents should always be advised of the special design for the "properly fitted mouthguard" and the end product should have the following properties and considerations:
It should be fabricated to adequately cover and protect both the teeth in the arch, and the surrounding tissues.
It should be fabricated on a stone model taken from an impression of the athlete.
Adequate thickness in all areas to provide for the reduction of impact forces. In particular, a minimum of 3mm thickness in the occlusal/labial area.
It should have a seated equilibrated occlusion that is balanced for even occlusal contact. This helps to provide for the ideal absorption of impact energy.
A fit that is retentive and not dislodged on impact.
Speech considerations equal to the demands of the playing status of the athlete.
A material that meets FDA approval.
The properly fitted mouthguard should be routinely and professionally examined for fit and function. Frequency of routine inspection is dependent on factors such as the athlete’s age, the demand of the sport that the athlete is engaged in, and the willingness for the athlete to properly care for the appliance. The frequency of the inspection should be determined by the dental professional for each individual situation and athlete."
Unlike stock mouthguards or sporting good stores "boil and bites", the above can all be said of a ShockShield MouthGuard. Talk to your child's dentist about ordering a ShockShield MouthGuard from Trace Ortho Lab, or order your impression kit directly from our How it Works page.
Your children get what you pay for. Aren't their teeth and mouth worth the best protection on the market, particulary when the best protection for their face includes an added bonus material capable of absorbing concussive energy? Protect your child from serious mouth, teeth, and brain trauma, regardless of their chosen sport. Our ShockShield MouthGuards range in price from $75 - $135 and can be customized according to the athlete. Call us at 206-659-2103 and let us work with you and your student athlete today.
The American Dental Association has this to say about mouthguards:
While still being able to highlight the benefit of custom fit mouthguards, dentists can also recommend the use of over-the-counter mouthguards with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. An over-the-counter mouthguard with the Seal indicates that it complies with the ANSI/SAI standard and thus is considered to be safe option for people to consider.
Comparison finds custom mouthguards made by dentists to perform best; 14 having an over-the-counter option that meets ADA/ANSI standards helps with the cost barrier to engagement while still affording the consumer with a safe method of protecting their teeth.
Dentists are encouraged to ask patients if they participate in team sports or other activities with risks of injury to the teeth, jaw and oral soft tissues (mouth, lip, tongue, or inner lining of the cheeks). The Councils recommend that people of all ages use a properly fitted mouthguard in any sporting or recreational activity that may pose a risk of injury. The Councils also recommend educating patients about mouthguards and orofacial injury risks, including appropriate guidance on mouthguard types, their protective properties, costs and benefits. The key educational message is that the best mouthguard is one that is utilized during sport activities.
We can appreciate that the ADA is encouraging dentists to ask their patients if they play sports (after all, all of Trace Ortho Lab's clientele are dentists and orthodontists) or that they are reminding athletes and parents of student athletes that you do not have to go to your dentist to get a custom mouthguard. As long as you purchase (and wear) an "ADA Approved Mouthguard", your teeth, face, jaw will be fine while playing sports.
Athletes are not limited, however, to ADA Approved Mouthguards bought from a shelf or getting it from the dentist. When ordering a sports mouthguard through your dentist, he or she sends your impression to a lab like ours for fabrication. But! You can go straight to the lab for a professional, custom fit sports mouthguard, as well and when you go to a lab like Trace Ortho, you're going to get a quality mouthguard that uses technology proven to absorb the consussive energy that travels up the mandibular (lower jaw) when our teeth bite together upon impact.
And we're not going to charge you an arm and a leg (or a tooth and saliva). We don't make mouthguards to make money. We make ShockShield MouthGuards to provide the best protection athletes can receive for their brain.