The most important component for protective mouth guards is shock absorption. How thick should a mouth guard be, and what is the most shock absorbent material available to afford the maximum protection for a mouth guard?
Damage Control's Founders Delano Romero, and dentist Dr. Vesna Delic of Albuquerque Delicate Dentistry had the fortunate opportunity to work with Sandia National Laboratories to seek answers to this question. Sandia National Laboratories has, since 1949, been developing science based technologies that support our national security. In one study Romero and Delic worked with organic chemist Dr. Jim McElhanon. Damage Control provided McElhanon with various materials they hypothesized would be best for shock absorption, as well as materials used by other mouth guard companies. In short the test results concluded that Damprotech™, a proprietary material now made by Damage Control as a result of the study, was the most shocking absorbing material compared to all other materials tested. More information on this study can be seen here. Damage Control uses Damprotech™ material in their boil and bite mouth guard lines as well as, upon request, their custom fit mouth guards. This provides all Damage Control's customers with the confidence of having the best protective oral devices backed by scientific research and many years dental experience.
We have recently made the entire research and findings available on our blog here.