Q: How do I choose between an upper or lower night grinding guard?
A: Most people prefer an upper guard over a lower guard. Theupper night grinding guard comes into less contact with your tongue making it more comfortable. Some of our customers feel that the lower is easier to sleep with. Both provide that same protection and is a matter of preference.
Q: How do I pick which night grinding guard will work best for me?
A: The most important part of picking a night grinding guard is understanding your type of bruxism. Some guards are designed to prevent teeth from grinding, others from clenching or a combination of both.
Soft Night Guard: This guard is constructed with 3mm of a flexible, soft comfortable material. This night guard works well for teeth clenching and light grinding. Single Layer Hard Night Guard: This guard contains 1mm of dense protective material. This night guard is designed for people with light grinding that prefer a thinner less bulky solution.
Dual Laminate Night Guard: This guard is 3mm thick and combines 1mm of soft inner material and a 2mm harder exterior. This guard is designed for heavy grinding and moderate clenching.
Hard Flexible Night Guard: This guard offers maximum protection with 3mm of extremely dense material, but is still flexible. This night guard is designed for severe night grinding and strong clenching.
Q: How long will my new night guard last?
A: It can last from 2-5 years or as little as 6 months. It is dependent upon the severity of your grinding, and type of night guard chosen.
SPORTS MOUTH GUARDS
Q: What size mouthguard do I need? 3mm or 6mm?
A: A 3mm sports guard is designed for little contact sports like soccer, basketball, and baseball. For direct contact sports or sports that involve a stick (rugby, MMA, football, hockey) we recommend a 6mm mouthguard.
Q: Do you offer Team discounts on Mouthguards.
A: Yes, if ordering more than 5 mouthguards we can offer a discount. Call or email to discourse your design and pricing.
Q: How do I get a custom design Mouthguard?
A: Not all designs are possible on a mouthguard. You have a small area to work with the not all layout will work. If you have a custom mouthguard idea, please contact us to see if it will be possible.
USING YOUR FSA OR HSA
Q: Can I use my FSA debit card or HSA card?
A: Yes, you can use your Flexible spending account or HSA account on our website. You can use it as a normal credit card. If your FSA or HSA requires a more detailed invoice please let SportingSmiles know and we can email you one.
ARE THE PRODUCTS BPA FREE?
Q: Are your products BPA Free?
A: All our products (retainers, night guards, and mouthguards) are BPA, BPS, DEHP, and latex free
WHY ARE YOU SO MUCH CHEAPER?
Q: Why is SportingSmiles so much cheaper than my dentist?
A: To purchase a typical night grinding guard in the past, your dentist would have to take an impression at his office, and send it out to a dental laboratory for construction. This requires using valuable office time which needs to be incorporated into the price of the guard. Because we operate our own laboratory and are using a self-impression method we are able to dramatically reduce the cost of your night guard.
Q: What is the difference between Essix and Essix Plus?
A: Both materials are made by Essix. Essix standard material has been around for 20+ years. It was the standard in the industry. Essix Plus is there newest material. It is more durable than the standard Essix material. The Essix Plus is less likely is to crack or break as easily. Essix Plus is also more stain resistant and will not yellow in time as the standard material can.
Q: How long does retainer last? A: This is different for all people. If you have a gap in your tooth it can cause a week point for the retainers. You want to be careful and use two hands when removing retainers to prevent them from twisting.
TEETH WHITENING TRAYS
Q: Can I get 22% gel instead of 35% whitening gel?
A: Yes, when you return the impression kit just note on the return card that you prefer 22% and we will make the switch for you.
Q: My gums turned a little white after teeth whitening?
A: This happens if you put too much whitening gel it the whitening trays. It will only last for a few minutes. You only want to put in .5ml or less per whitening tray.
Q: How long does the teeth whitening gel last?
A: Our whitening gel has a 2-years self-life. You want to store the whitening gel at or below room temperature away from direct sunlight. Refrigeration can be used to extend the life of the gel. If the gel gets to hot it will become liquid and will be unusable.
HOW LONG DOES THE KIT LAST?
Q: How long do I have to send back the impression kit?
A: The putty will last over 2 years. SportingSmiles will make your product no matter how long it takes for us to receive the kit back.
WHAT IS THE PUTTY MADE FROM?
Q: What is the impression putty made from?
A: VPS (Vinyl Polysiloxane). The putty is FDA approved and the MSDS is available on request.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY RETAINER / GUARD?
Q: How do I clean my dental appliance?
A: We recommend freshguard. It can be purchased at most drug stores, box stores, or online. It cost about 5-6$ and includes 24 cleaning packets. We have a video showing how it works here.