How To Take An Impression With SportingSmiles Self Impression Kit

Video Instructions can be seen here:

Written Instructions:

Brush your teeth and make sure your hands are clean.

Adjust the dental tray to the size of your mouth. They are adjustable in width by pulling the two halves of the tray apart. The tray can also be made smaller by snapping off a section(s) of the plastic in the rear of the impression tray. Your teeth should be centered in the tray.

Vigorously mix both parts (A & B) of the impression material together until a uniform color is reached. This step is time sensitive and should be done as quickly as possible (about 20 sec).

The impression material should then be rolled into a 4 to 5 inch tube.

Place impression material uniformly into the tray and firmly push onto your teeth. Confirm that the teeth are evenly settled in the impression material.

It will take about 4 minutes for the material to fully harden. During this time you want to move as little as possible. After 4 minutes the material should feel firm to the touch and the impression can be removed.

Remove tray in a single motion, by pulling either up or down.

Rinse tray and seal in the enclosed bag.

If you are concerned that the impressions isn’t OK, you can send a picture to

Prevent Chewing On Your Sports Mouth Guard

Chewing on your mouth guard can be a costly habit, especially if you have a custom designed guard. Here are a few options that will help your mouth guard last longer.Lebron Chewing on Mouthguard

Keep It on your Teeth: You want to get a custom designed mouth guard. These are made using an exact impression of your teeth and are available online from SportingSmiles or through your dentist. These guards are custom made just for you. This allows for them to be tighter to the teeth. The tightness helps prevent chewing by you can’t pop the guard of using your tongue. When the mouth guards aren’t on your teeth and are being chewed on, the guard is destroyed very quickly. You will see some professional athletes doing this,  but it’s not cost effective for your non-professional athlete to be chewing on their $120 custom mouth guard.


Chew Proof Guard: SportingSmiles offers a guard designed for athletes that have issues with chewing\grinding there sports guard. We offer both a 3mm chew resistant mouth guard, and a 6mm chew resistant mouth guard. The 3mm is designed for low contact sports and the 6mm is designed for heavy contact sports. The 6mm has 3mm of our chew resistant inner material (hardness 95), the exterior is covered with 3mm of standard clear mouth guard material. This guard is more chew resistant than any other on the market.

Contact SportingSmiles if you have any question.

Ways To Whiten Your Teeth At Home

There are many ways to whiten your teeth. You can visit a dentist and they can whiten your teeth in the office or you can save money and whiten them at home.

When you whiten your teeth in the dentist office they will apply a block out dam on to your gums and apply 44% or higher whitening gel to your teeth. Then they will use a UV light that accelerates the whitening process. It normally takes about an hour and you will see immediate change in your tooth shade. The issue is that this normally only last a few months and your teeth will start to darken again.

I prefer the whiten at home method. The best way to whiten your teeth is to have custom whitening trays made. These are made just for you and your mouth, preventing the whitening gel from going everywhere. The advantage is that the trays will last forever; you just need to get extra whitening gel when you need a touch up. You can also purchase 35% gel for a low price. This is a lot easier that having to make another appointment with your dentist and spending a lot more money. I recommend the custom whitening tray made in a dental lab, but there are also thermo-form trays that you can make at home using boiling water. These work but are less comfortable and you end up using a lot more whitening gel because the gel goes all over.

Home Teeth Whitening
Sporting Smiles Home Teeth Whitening

If you are looking to whiten, I recommend spending a little money and get custom made whitening trays that will last for years.

How Do I Pick Which Night Grinding Guard Will Work Best For Me?

There are two types of night guards available. Over the counter night guards are available from the drug store and custom night guards are made in a dental lab. The over the counter guards are cheaper than a custom night guard, and are bulkier and less comfortable and typically don’t last as long. Custom night guards are made in a dental lab, using an impression of your teeth allowing for  the tightest, most comfortable fit and are very durable.

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 a 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 a 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 Night Guardwith 3mm of an extremely dense material, but is still flexible. This night guard is designed for severe night grinding and strong clenching.



There are also specialty guards. They are referred to as BackCut or DayGuards. These guards will have the front incisors of the guard removed. BackCut night guards also work well when being worn during the day because they are less noticeable then standard trimmed night guards.

The Difference Between Essix and Hawley Retainers

The Difference between Essix and Hawley Retainers

Dental professionals prescribe the use of  orthodontic retainers to protect the alignment of your teeth. Currently there are two main types on the market. Known as the Hawley and the Essix retainers, they are designed to prevent  shifting of the teeth. You would typically wear a retainer after undergoing dental orthodontic treatment or to prevent the teeth from shifting further. TExample of Hawley Retainerhe Hawley Model The Hawley retainer was invented by Dr. Charles Hawley in 1908. It is an older model that relies on wires attached to the anterior teeth for proper placement. If you have one of these appliances, you will notice that the wires are anchored into an acrylic base. For proper wear, you need to push the base against the palate. Unfortunately, doing so can make it difficult for some wearers to talk when wearing the retainer. On the upside, an orthodontist can adjust the wires of a Hawley retainer as needed. The Essix Model

Essix Retainers
Single Essix Clear Retainer

An Essix retainer is the newer style of retainers. It is made from a clear 1-mm EVA (vinyl) sheet material that is formed over a dental stone positive impression of your teeth. These retainers are not as costly as the Hawley retainer and are much more comfortable to wear on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, their popularity has eclipsed the older Hawley style retainers. The majority of today’s modern labs vacuum-form the retainers they produce.  At SportingSmiles, we thermo-form them to provide you with superior tautness and the most accurate retainer based on your dental needs. The retainers are made from the same material as Invisalign even though they are not designed to actually move your teeth. We custom-tailor them to keep your teeth in their current position as indicated by your orthodontist. Among the advantages of the Essix retainer are they are clear, less expensive, less noticeable, more comfortable and make it a lot easier to speak when you are wearing them. Contact us today to order your retainer. SportingSmiles invites you to like us on Facebook, add us to your circles on Google+ and follow us on Twitter!