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NadineJ
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Enlightening
NadineJ   10/4/2012 11:02:24 AM
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I didn't know there was any difficulty with mass customization for mouth guards.  This is interesting.

Thanks for showing how the new 3D technologies have helped this progress.

Beth Stackpole
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Beth Stackpole   10/4/2012 11:17:57 AM
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3D scanning is a critical part of this whole effort. With it, companies like Fight-Bite no longer have to go through the time consuming and messy mold making process required by mouth guards and other products. The customization angle is huge--that's why this has traditionally been a manual, one-off development process.

Bob Cramblitt
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Bob Cramblitt   10/5/2012 1:22:04 PM
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Beth is correct. The current manual process is tedious, messy and time-consuming. This is a natural application for 3D scanning and digital processing.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/4/2012 11:57:27 AM
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I'm waiting with bated breath for this to come to dentists for mouth-guards. Two weeks, the standard time for making them from molds, is much too long if you're having trouble sleeping due to snoring or teeth grinding.

Bob Cramblitt
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Bob Cramblitt   10/5/2012 1:23:45 PM
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I fully expect this to extend to dental practices, Ann.  The company that is working on this process, eQuality Tech, has extensive dental experience.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   10/4/2012 8:56:11 PM
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I agree, NadineJ. The traditional method for making a mountguard was to bite into a a mouthguard filled with a soft gel, then let it harden overnight. Could this be much better?

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/5/2012 12:11:38 PM
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Chuck, the type you mention is pretty old, just past the ones you heat in boiling water and bite into. The next stage, which comes before the one described in this article, is what I've got. I bite into some truly disgusting gloppy pink stuff in a form and almost choke on it for a minute or two while it's hardening--but that's only the mold. Then I wait two weeks while a lab does I don't know what--twiddle their thumbs?--and then I get the clear plastic, looking just like the one in the photo to this story. The one described here would be a lot better than what I've got for the speed alone, and much better than the earlier-stage ones (I've used them, too).

Robbie1
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It's amazing how much dental care
Robbie1   7/28/2014 9:05:10 AM
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It's amazing how much dental care has evolved over the years, this is yet another revolution in dental health. We all want better teeth, you can learn more here about ways to keep them clean and healthy, there really isn't any excuse for bad teeth anymore considering the online resources we all have access to.



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