The Opro Shield line of mouthguards were designed by Dr. Anthony Lovat BDS, the founder of OPRO which is the largest supplier of custom mouthguards in the world. The Opro Shield Line introduces the patented OproFin retention system which gives the OproShield line of mouth guards the best retention (fit) performance of any self-fit mouthguard in the world. The highly technological cross-sectional profile means maximum protection against front and concussive blows while keeping the palate clear for improved breathing and speech. The OproShield is the world’s most advanced self-fit mouthguard.
The OproShield Ortho Bronze is the basic model in the line, but the Ortho is designed to work with Orthodontics. There are no fins, and the channel is wider to accommodate appliances in the mouth. Unlike the silver, and gold models, the inside and the outside of the bronze are the same material. However, the Ortho is only available in the bronze line. The mouthguard is designed for ages 7 to adult.
The mouthguard comes with a hard plastic clear case and includes a sticker to attach to the case that you can put your name on to clearly identify your mouthguard. Fitting instructions are in the box, but it also includes a mini-cd so you can actually watch someone fit the mouthguard before you do it yourself. This will help you get an even better fit from your mouthguard. NOTE: This mouthguard is only for use with fixed orthodontic braces.
If you are someone that snores every night, has exhausted every home remedy ever endorsed, followed old wives’ tales, family secrets, and just about any other suggestion given to end the nightmare maybe it is time to go visit your dentist. It is quite possible that your snoring problem stems from jaw placement rather than loose tissue and an enlarged uvula.
A Dentist Can Create An Orthodontics Anti-Snoring Appliance Especially For You
The very popular orthodontics anti-snoring appliances, also known as dental appliances, are effective for many snorers that suffer from mild snoring due to jaw placement while sleeping. These oral splits bring the lower jaw forward and lift the soft palate in such a fashion that it prevents the soft throat tissues from falling against the back of the throat and blocking the airway, which is what creates the sound of the snoring.
This type of oral splint is created by your dentist and can be quite expensive. The process of creating such a splint includes the formation of a mold that is then used to create the oral splint that is to be worn in the mouth at bedtime and throughout the night.
If you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to the oral splint created by your dentist, it is possible to mail order an orthodontics anti-snoring appliance replica that you fit yourself. This inexpensive version is sometimes referred to as a “boil and bite” because that is exactly how you fit it to your personal jaws. These oral splints are made of soft plastic which softens in hot water.
In order to use it, you place the splint into warm water to soften the plastic, then bite into the mouthpiece and mold it to your own jaw. If after a short trial period, you discover that this method does in fact decrease your snoring, you would be wise to have a professional splint made to fit your personal jawline, thus prevent any misshaping of your teeth or dental work done prior to the boil & bite usage.
The Orthodontics Anti-Snoring Appliance Shows Promise As A Snoring Solution
The studies supporting the use of the orthodontics anti-snoring appliance show great promise as a solution for many people that suffer from snoring. There are mild side effects that have to be taken into consideration such as dry mouth, tooth discomfort, and excessive salivation but the complaints about these were few and must of course be counter weighed with the idea of restful sleep.
If you decide to utilize this innovative idea to combat your problem snoring, be sure to check with your dentist first and maintain your annual visits to ensure that you do not suffer any long term damage on dental work or teeth placement.
Choosing a Dental Plan these days can be just like pulling teeth. Pardon the humor, but for anyone who has tried to figure out the difference between dental plans, dental insurance, dental discount plans, dental health plans, etc., it can be an extremely frustrating and confusing experience.
First off, there are only two different things that we need to look at. Those are dental insurance and dental plans. Somehow there’s become a lot of different terminology for these two, but they’re the only ones that you need to worry about.
When most people think of dental care they think of insurance, which, twenty years ago was pretty much the only thing available to consumers. Many people could get coverage through their work either automatically, as an employee group benefit, or for a small fee. Things have changed a lot in the past two decades. Recent studies show that seven out of ten people in the United States have no type of dental coverage at all.
Dental insurance, unless provided by your employer, isn’t as “cost-effective” these days. Some of the drawbacks are annual deductibles, annual spending limits, non-coverage for pre-existing conditions, or a very long (usually 6-12 month) waiting period, and limitations and exclusions on certain types of care. You must also pay a monthly or annual premium which can be in the $25-$50.00 per month range for an individual person and even as much as $100.00 monthly for entire family coverage. At these rates, it’s no wonder that there are such a high number of people who aren’t covered. They simply cannot afford it.
Dental discount plans were introduced several years ago as an insurance “alternative”.
Let’s define a discount plan – it’s really very simple. A dental discount plan allows you to visit a dentist at a reduced rate. You join the plan, which is usually very inexpensive and you may then visit any dentist in that plans “network”. This network is a group of dentists that have agreed to accept a reduced payment for services performed. They do this under the condition that the work is paid for at the time of the visit.
You see, it costs the dentist’s money and time to fill out forms for insurance payments or to finance someone’s dental work. Besides the paperwork, it usually takes anywhere from 45-90 days for them to be paid by the insurance company after they’ve completed the work. In some cases, claims can even be rejected after they’ve already performed the work. The insurance company can claim that the person treated was no longer covered for whatever reason or that the procedure performed was excluded from being covered, in which case, the dentist is left “holding the bag”.
With dental discount plans, you’ll pay a discounted fee for services rendered at the time of your visit. For example, let’s say that you need your teeth cleaned. The normal price for this may be $80.00, but you’ll get a discount card stating that you get a 50% (example) discount, so, in this case, you’d only pay $40.00.
Let’s do another example – let’s say that you need a root canal done and the price for a root canal is $800.00. Well, you’ve got a discount card that saves you 50% so you would only have to pay $400.00 out of pocket at the time of your visit to the dentist. Are you beginning to understand how this works?
This can be very cost-effective for a family.
Is this beginning to make sense now? It’s really very simple, isn’t it?
The 50% savings used was only an example. Many plans offer even higher discounts on certain procedures. Some even include discounts on procedures such as cosmetic dentistry, professional teeth whitening, Orthodontics, and more.
Also, pre-existing conditions are covered, there are no exclusions, no deductibles and no waiting periods to be treated. You can also see any dentist in the network. If for some reason you’re not happy with the first dentist that you see, you can simply start seeing a different one.
That pretty much sums it up. I hope that this was helpful so that you may make an informed decision when you decide to buy dental coverage.