Frequently Asked Questions
Seriously, what can the PPM do for me?
The Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM) is designed to be a performance enhancing athletic device. This device will not necessarily mean you will score more goals or hit more home runs - however, we do believe it will make you a better athlete. It improves your athletic performance by improving your strength, balance, flexibility (range of motion), and endurance. It doesn't make you stronger, but enables your body to use its energy and core muscles more effectively to increase your strength potential. Improved balance and flexibility are results of using the PPM. During strength training and conditioning, you will notice improved stamina and shorter recovery times when training with the PPM.
Is it for me?
The PPM is not necessarily for every athlete. Certain dental conditions such as jaw joints clicking, loose teeth, missing back teeth, severely worn teeth, and temporo-mandibular disorders (TMD) - may indicate the PPM isn't for you. Jaw joint issues need to be treated before getting a PPM made. If you are wearing orthodontic devices or braces, a PPM isn't advisable due to the active teeth movement occurring. A consultation with a Certified PPM Dentist is recommended if you are not sure if you are a candidate for a PPM.
The advanced technology used to make a PPM, requires precise instrumentation to determine the exact position (to the tenth of a millimetre) of the lower jaw to the skull. The use of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation) medical device to relax the muscles and stimulate blood circulation in the neck and jaw muscles enables the PPM dentist to take the neuromuscular bite with the use of a sophisticated jaw tracking device. If you have a pacemaker or seizure, or are pregnant, this procedure (TENSing) is not advised.
Can my regular dentist make me a PPM?
The ONLY dentist that can make a PPM for you is a Certified PPM Dentist. A Certified PPM dentist is expertly trained in the principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry, and has completed hundreds and hundreds of hours in post graduate dental training in this specialty. The sophisticated instrumentation is available only to those dentists who qualify as Neuromuscular Dentists.
It is important to keep in mind that the PPM is a totally different device than the typical boil and bite mouthguard, or the dental mouthguard that most dentists make for athletes. Comparing these to a PPM is like comparing apples to oranges. While the others do provide some protection of the teeth, the PPM is the only one designed to protect the teeth, jaw joint, and enhance athletic performance. Also, due to the slightly thicker material between the teeth, this device can help to reduce occurrences or severity of concussions from blunt force to the jaw or teeth.
It sounds too good to be true - is it?
The PPM does sound too good to be true. But it is important to understand that this technology is based on Neuromuscular Dental Principles which have been used in dental practices for about 50 years. Neuromuscular dentists have always been focused on treating patients with TMD, poor occlusion, migraines, vertigo, posture/balance, and other medical/dental conditions. It was only until a few years ago that a Canadian dentist - DR ANIL MAKKAR, pioneered this technology for sports applications. While the research has proven that the athlete using the PPM will notice improvements in performance, studies have shown that if the jaw isn't in the optimal neuromuscular position (using the other type of mouthguards) performance can actually be hindered.
Is it expensive?
That is a good question, but it depends on what you value. Whether you are an athlete looking for a competitive edge, or a weekend warrior athlete, the PPM will improve your athletic performance. Remember, this is not a typical mouthguard. The instrumentation used is the most advanced equipment used in dentistry. The results are impressive. So it really depends on what it is you are looking for. If you must have that competitive edge - then this is a good value. This device can help to achieve some athletic capabilities that otherwise would require months (if not years) of training.
Keep in mind, if the dentist isn't PPM Certified, you will not get a PPM. PPM has done invaluable research and has different types of PPM's based on the requirements of the athlete and the sport(s) they are involved in.
I am involved in non-contact sports, is there a PPM for me?
Yes, there are PPM's for non-contact sports (lifting weights, track and field, golf, cycling, tennis, etc). These are usually worn on the lower teeth. Depending on what sport(s) you are involved in, there are a few different types of PPM's. There is a PPM for either upper teeth applications or lower teeth depending on whether you need full protection for your teeth (for contact sports such as football, hockey, basketball rugby, boxing, etc). There are also different styles and colors. By wearing a PPM on your lower teeth, you get the same benefit of this neuromuscular athletic device as an upper PPM, without protection to your front teeth.
I am a teenage junior athlete, is there a PPM for me?
Absolutely. PPM has recognized that many elite athletes are teenagers. Due to skeletal, jaw, and dental development in teenagers, these must be replaced more frequently to allow for normal development. The Junior PPM has a cost that is reflective of the need to change these more often.
I'm not looking for a new dentist, can I just get a PPM from this dental office?
Of course, you can come only for a PPM. Keep in mind though, that this practice is committed to providing the best and most complete patient care possible. The most advanced dental technologies are probably used here.
My dentist is not PPM Certified - he/she says that this will hurt my teeth and jaw joints?
The principles of Neuromuscular Dentistry involve advanced teachings that are not taught in most dental schools. The highly sophisticated equipment from Myotronics (TENS units, and K7 jaw tracking device) used are industry leading cutting edge technologies. This technology uses electromyographs to determine neuromuscular muscle activity. The position that is determined by the EMG's is the position where your jaw is properly aligned with the skull, thus providing a new bite that is comfortable for the muscles. Chiropractic scans of the muscles of the neck and back prove this to be true. It is when this correct alignment occurs that you DISCOVER THE POWER WITHIN.
There is much yet to be discovered about the human body, therefore it is important for any health care professional to give due diligence before giving opinions on subjects on which they know little about. In NO way can this device hurt your teeth or jaw joints. The PPM is a legal and safe athletic device that is the result of a lot of research and post graduate dental education. There is nothing else like it. If it doesn't say PPM - it isn't.
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