WHICH GUARD SHOULD MY PATIENT USE: AERO, MAX OR JUNIOR?

The choice of Aero vs Max is entirely up to you and your patient. Both guards will custom fit to their mouth, stay in the entire game, be comfortable and allow for natural flow of air and saliva, so that they can talk, breathe and drink.

Max guards are 2.4 mm thin and provide 50% more protection than conventional mouthguards and Aero Guards are 1.6 mm thin and provide 30% more protection than conventional mouth guards.

Most SISU customers in team sports wear an Aero Guard. The Max Guard is generally used in sports that either have a higher rate of direct facial contact (like boxing, MMA, BJJ, box lacrosse) or do not use helmets or face masks (Rugby, Quidditch, Field Hockey).

The Junior Guard is the smaller version of Aero, designed for children between the ages of 6-11 years of age. If your patient has a smaller mouth but is outside of this age group, they should still get an Aero guard. Please read our Q&A below to learn more fitting tips for smaller mouths and watch the fitting video on this site or www.sisuguard.com to help your patient achieve the best fit.

COMPARE THE 3 TYPES OF SISU GUARDS & VIEW WHICH GUARD IS RECOMMENDED FOR EACH SPORT

HOW LONG WILL A SISU® MOUTH GUARD LAST?

It all depends on how well your patient takes care of it. Keeping it clean and letting it dry before storing will keep the bacteria at bay and extend the life of the guard. The material itself will withstand harsh biting and chewing, but it is recommended that your patient replace their SISU® every six months.

CAN A PATIENT WITH ORTHODONTICS WEAR A SISU® GUARD?

Absolutely! Although, it is essential that a clinician does the initial fit and instructs the patient carefully about wether or not they would like their patient to do their own future guard adjustments. If so, the clinician needs to advise their patient with very clear instructions on how to do so.  Be sure to always use an adult sized guard (irrespective of age), as a larger guard is essential for protecting braces. To learn more about fitting your SISU® with Orthodontics go to the FITTING WITH ORTHODONTICS page on this website or alternatively feel free to contact Amanda. Amanda is a Dental Hygienist in Orthodontics and has vast experience with fitting SISU guards on patients.

ABOUT REMOULDING A SISU® GUARD?

Not a problem! One of the many cool features of the SISU® is that it has a built-in memory. Whenever you want to remould, simply place the formed guard in hot water, watch it straighten out and return to its original shape – regardless of how long ago it was initially moulded. Better still if you only want to “tweek” a section, then just place that section in the warm water to remold.

PATIENT HAS A REALLY SMALL MOUTH… SHOULD I TRIM THE MOUTHGUARD FOR THEM BEFORE FITTING IT?

We don’t recommend it. Your patient really needs the whole surface of the SISU® guard in order to obtain a perfect, snug fit. Besides, the Dental Warranty may not be in effect if the guard is altered in any way. Review the FITTING INSTRUCTIONS for more information on ways to improve the fit of SISU.

BUT MY PATIENT STILL HAS A SMALL MOUTH…SHOULD WE FIT A SISU® JUNIOR INSTEAD?

Again, no. By the time they turn 11, their jaws have fully formed. You’ll need all the material provided in the adult mouthguard to provide them with the best protection.

DOES MY PATIENT NEED ONE TOP AND ONE BOTTOM OR IS JUST ONE SISU® ENOUGH TO PROTECT THEIR TEETH?

They can certainly wear a SISU® on both their top and bottom teeth, but most of our athletes prefer the comfort and strength that a single mouthguard provides. It’s really a matter of preference.

WILL THE HARDNESS OF THE MOUTHGUARD CAUSE SOFT TISSUE BLEEDING IF THEY TAKE A BLOW TO THE FACE?

In order to best protect their teeth, SISU® have done extensive research to make sure they are as safe as possible during game time. Every SISU is made of inherently hard material, so there’s a small chance their gums will be adversely affected if they are punched directly in the mouth. However, soft tissue damage is often much less dangerous and costly than teeth injuries.

DO THE SISU® GUARDS CONTAIN ANY HARSH CHEMICALS?

None whatsoever! All of our SISUs are PVC, Latex, BPA and Phthalate free. In fact it’s even bio-compostable, so if you drop in on the ground, eventually it will break down and turn into soil. Pretty cool, right?

CAN MY PATIENT USE SISU TO HELP AGAINST THEIR NIGHT GRINDING?

When Akervall Technologies invented the SISU® mouth guard they knew they had a great thing going with dental protection combined with a low profile guard.
To their surprise customers told them that they were using SISU as a night guard. The SISU athletic guards are engineered to deflect, absorb and diffuse the energy that is received from a blow to the front of the mouth. And it does work as a night guard, at that! If your patient is using SISU as a night guard, they should have a separate guard for athletic use.

Akervall Technologies ( the makers of SISU® guard) have since developed the SOVA™ night guard and they recommend the use of the SOVA™ night guard for grinding and clenching. SOVA™ night guard is specifically engineered to diffuse and redistribute the forces of night grinding and clenching. SOVA™ doesn’t go as high on the gum line, has a smaller profile and is much more comfortable than SISU for night time use. It’s design is specific to the night grinding and clenching. While SISU can be used at night, under no circumstances should SOVA™ be used as an athletic guard.

DO MOUTHGUARDS PROTECT AGAINST CONCUSSIONS?

This is probably the most common question we get. The misconception here is that mouth guards protect against concussions. That statement is absolutely false and no conclusive evidence exists that mouth guards can protect against concussions. What they can do, is protect against dental impact. Here, SISU® Guards stand out in the following key areas:
– Less Impact Force Transfer
– Higher Force Absorption
– Less Deformation
– Higher tensile strength (toughness)
To learn more about the science behind our mouthguards, review our section on Diffusix™ Technology on this website or at www.sisuguard.com to learn how the SISU guard stacks up to competitors.

HOW DO OUR PATIENTS CLEAN AND STORE THEIR SISU® ?

Your patient must rinse their SISU® thoroughly in lukewarm tap water and soap after each use. Alternatively, the mouthguard can be brushed with a regular toothbrush or non-abrasive, non-whitening toothpaste. Carefully rinse and dry before storing the SISU guard at room temperature, and keep it safe and clean in its case!

 

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