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It's National Facial Protection Month: Protect Patients with OPRO Sports Mouthguards

April is National Facial Protection Month - a perfect time to raise awareness among patients of how sports mouthguards are the best way to defend against dental sports injuries. DB Orthodontics have teamed with OPRO Mouthguards, and couldn't have picked a better month to launch their Gold Range - a self-fit range of mouthguards suitable for brace-wearing and non-brace-wearing patients.

National Facial Protection Month is sponsored by many associations, including the Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Association of Orthodontists. They raise awareness by encouraging children and adults to enjoy the pleasures of the season by using common sense and taking the necessary precautions to prevent sports injuries.

For all Dentists and Orthodontists, offering a sports mouthguard not only protects the dentition - it shows the patient a commitment to providing an extra level of care and peace of mind. When time and money has been invested in a beautiful smile, it makes sense to keep it that way.

A study published in US Sport’s Health Journal 1 stated that,” Most studies show a reduction in dental injuries when mouthguards are worn. In a meta-analysis, the overall risk of an orofacial injury was 1.6 to 1.9 times higher when a mouthguard was not worn. Mouthguard use in high school and college football players significantly reduced dental injury rates. Not only do mouthguards help prevent orofacial trauma, they reduce the cost of these injuries significantly.”


UK OPRO Ambassador Shona McCallin has won 39 caps for GB Hockey.

Dental injury stats 1 to get your teeth into:

  • More than 5 million teeth are avulsed (completely displaced from their socket due to trauma) each year in the United States, costing more than $500 million to treat;
  • The cost to treat an avulsed tooth over a lifetime is between $5,000 and $20,000.
  • Basketball, football, hockey, martial arts, and boxing carry the highest risk, but noncontact sports carry risk as well. 
  • Orofacial injuries vary, with the most common being soft tissue (e.g. lacerations). 
  • The majority of dental trauma is tooth (crown) fracture, tooth avulsion, or tooth subluxation (loose tooth).

UFC Fighter Danny Roberts is an OPRO Combat Brand Ambassador.

Trusted By Professionals

The global name in Custom Fit and Self Fit sports mouthguards, OPRO is worn by USA Rugby, UFC, Pop Warner, AYF, USA Taekwondo, and USA Wrestling to name but a few.

Experts in Orthodontics, DB Orthodontics will champion OPRO’s philosophy: protection, retention and fit. It will introduce the Gold Level Braces range to their customer base of dentists and orthodontists and is looking to broaden the range later in the year.

What is a sports mouthguard designed to do?

  • Restructure and absorb shock to reduce or prevent fractures in teeth and jaws,
  • provide soft tissue protection to decrease oral and lip lacerations,
  • give support by filling in missing teeth spaces.


Do brace wearers need a different kind of mouthguard? Yes. This is where OPRO’s Gold Level Braces come into their own.

GB Taekwondo competitor Bianca Walkden partnered with OPRO to deliver sessions in schools promoting sports participation.

A Gold Standard

Gold Braces are a Self-Fit, Competition level range of mouthguards featuring OPRO’s unique model design developed from 15 oral contact points. This enhances comfort in the mouth by distributing any physical impact from the anterior zone through to the posterior zone. Gold Braces mouthguards surround the orthodontic brackets safely without getting stuck in the undercuts or de-bonding - making it easy to use.

Gold Braces feature a durable outer layer for optimum impact protection and a flexible inner layer for supreme comfort and fit. They are available for upper and lower braces, come with a free case and include Bio Master Technology - protecting against microbial growth. Lastly, all Gold Braces wearers are covered with a generous warranty of up to $15,000.


Easy for patients

Each model comes with a convenient cradle for use when placing in boiling water and fitting in the mouth. The material is strong enough to be re-boiled three times if necessary - allowing for movements in the dentition during the course of treatment.

Award winning protection

OPRO (short for oral protection) was founded by former Dentist Dr Anthony Lovat in 1997 with the aim of reducing oral dental trauma by introducing custom fitting mouthguards into the schools of the UK. In 2007, OPRO Self-Fit was released in the UK, and was the first boil and bite mouthguard range to fully satisfy and pass the CE certification process – setting OPRO ahead of the game. As further testament to their innovation, 2007 saw them receive the Queen’s Award in recognition of their ground-breaking work in the field of oral protection.

A winning victory is certain for dentists and orthodontists who offer OPRO mouthguards. Not only does the patient benefit from the safety and peace of mind OPRO offers, your practice is safeguarding any work carried out. Ensure your patients stand strong against their opponent’s attack with a confident smile in every match - thanks to OPRO.

For more information or to order OPRO Gold Braces, call the DB sales team on 619 892 7233 or email info@dbortho.com


Reference: 1. Young E, Macias R, Stephens L.  Common Dental Injury Management in Athletes. Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 2013;20(10):1-6.

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