As the the sport of mixed martial arts continues to evolve, so too do the strength and conditioning methods by which the fighters train. This has been discussed ad nauseam. However, what isn’t addressed much is how MMA’s evolution and popularity have helped spark advancements in other parts of the fight game. Enter Grill Armor Custom Mouthguards.
I recently caught up with dental technician John Caponigro to discuss Grill Armor.
CC: John, can you tell our readers how you got started?
JC: We have been in the dental laboratory industry for over 25 years. Since recently launching this division of our company the facts we have discovered in our research is alarming. Big business is misleading our athletes. They have succeeded in convincing the public the products they offer are safe. In reality these one size fits all stock guards that are cheap to mass produce and outsourced in China are really putting our athletes in danger. Our product is superior to what is on the market today.
There are four primary types of mouthguards:
- Boil and Bite
Boil and Bite mouthguards are the least expensive, and provide the least protection. These must first be boiled. Once the mouthguard is boiled, you must try and fit it to form properly to your teeth. In most cases, they do not fit properly, do not stay in place, can be chewed through, and may get distorted while trying to form the mouthguard to your teeth.
Stock mouthguards are inexpensive and come pre-formed, but are more expensive than boil and bite. There is no real protection provided to the athlete. They are bulky, can be chewed through, and the athlete will struggle to speak and breathe. Furthermore, they do not fit properly nor tight to the athlete’s teeth, therefore, making it difficult to keep in place in their mouth.
- Vacuum Formed
Vacuum formed mouthguards provide a better fit and more protection than boil and bite or stock mouthguards, but not as well as pressure formed. Usually these types of mouthguards are made by dental professionals, however, are manufactured using older style equipment and material.
- Grill Armor Pressure Laminated
Grill Armor mouthguards are pressure laminated mouthguards that have the most superior fit than any other mouthguard you can buy on the market. Given that pressure laminated mouthguards are made under an intense amount of pressure, they provide the most superior fit compared to vacuum formed. Additionally, they provide the most protection, the most comfort, fit snugly to the athlete’s teeth, and cannot be chewed through! Our mouthguards gives all athletes the greatest ability to perform at their peak performance, and stay in the game!
CC: The pressure lamination certainly seems to improve the quality. What are some other reasons you feel your mouthguard is superior to many others out there? What makes you confident in your product?
JC: There are many reasons why we feel our products are superior. Primarily because we have done extensive research on mouthguard materials and mouthguard fabrication. Grill Armor uses Polyshok material and the best pressure laminating machine on the market today. This material and process has been proven in studies by Ohio State University, SportsDentistry.com, The Pennsylvania Dental Association and many other sports safety and dental professionals to be the most superior way to protect against concussions and orofacial injuries. We have combined all this research with our 25 years of dental laboratory experience to give athletes the most comfortable fit, maximum protection, and top quality fabrication with awesome colors and designs.
Please visit our website at www.GAmouthguards.com to find more facts about our mouthguards and to find links to the supporting studies and articles on the material we use, the pressure lamination process and why it is superior by far to any other protection.
For more information or to contact Grill Armor:
Grill Armor Mouthguards
178 Mikron Rd
Bethlehem, PA. 18020