The ability to connect with good people making amazing products through our interconnected world continues to amaze me. My post “Maintain Your Mouth Guards” generated a solid number of views to the AYL blog. One of those views was Jeff Lyle with Impact Mouthguards at impactmouthguards.com, and he reached out to me after reading the article to discuss having Impact Mouthguards provide a discount to AYL members for their custom guards. Since they’re a local company based in Alpharetta I met up with Jeff and Frank Rabinovitch so they could show me the manufacturing process and what customization options they had available.
In order to get a handle on how they create custom mouthguards and give a review of the final product I went through a full fitting, and I’ve got pictures of the process at the end of this post. To demonstrate a proper fitting Impact put together this excellent instructional video:
The process isn’t too bad. I’d say sitting with a mouth full of special puddy is only mildly uncomfortable, and the result is an incredibly comfortable mouthguard. Once the impression of my teeth was cleared by Jeff I asked for a yellow mouthguard with AYL printed on the front. They also have several flavored options and I went with fruit punch (more on that later!). After getting fitted and putting together the discount for AYL members I went home and waited on the special delivery of my custom fitted and custom designed mouthguard.
About a week after my fitting I received my new mouthguard and decided to give it a test run by actually going out for a run. I suited up in my usual gear and picked a two mile route in my neighborhood with a ton of hills to simulate the hard running a player does in a game. I ran hard, did a few roll dodges, swung my head from side to side, breathed with my mouth open and closed, and tried to manuever my body in as many ways as possible to dislodge this mouthguard. It didn’t move.
I tried to make the mouthguard move, but it was so perfectly fitted to my teeth it wasn’t going anywhere. After two minutes of running I forgot it was there and was able to breath normally during the entire run. The pleasant and not overpowering flavor of fruit punch was present when I clenched my teeth into the guard. When I got fitted I asked Jeff how long the flavoring lasted, expecting an answer of two or three weeks. He said that because the flavor is sealed into the mouthguard it will stay lightly flavored for the life of the guard. I freaking love science!
After my run I recorded a short video to demonstrate how easy it was for me to talk with it in my mouth, and that it was comfortable for me to drink water with the mouthguard in my mouth:
Being comfortable, easy to talk around, and easy to drink around makes this the ideal mouthguard for any player in a contact sport. I spent a lot of time in youth games reminding players to put their mouthguards in, or stopping play to get a mouthguard back into a player’s mouth. I’ve seen players with half the mouthguard hanging out because one half is chewed beyond recognition. The reason for this is because most mouthguards are uncomfortable and come out easily. Even the boil-and-bite mouthguards require the player to bite down to keep them in place. The Impact Mouthguard practically sucked itself to the top of my teeth. I had to wiggle it a few times before it dislodged it’s grip on my teeth.
I really want our players to protect their teeth, and $49 for a custom fitted mouthguard is a great deal. Especially with the $5 AYL discount when purchasing a custom mouthguard from Impact here: http://www.impactmouthguards.com/mg-lacrosse/. Use the discount code AYL to knock five bucks off the total price no matter what customization options you select. If you’re curious about how the entire process works check out this link to learn more: http://www.impactmouthguards.com/how-it-works/
We are going to set up a time before fall ball gets going for the Impact team to come out and do custom fittings at our fields, but until then I recommend checking out their site and getting a custom fitted mouthguard with the AYL design or with your own custom look!
The final result:
Featured Image Credit – http://www.impactmouthguards.com/mg-lacrosse/