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The All-Star Lineup Every Dental Professional Needs For Mouthguard Season

The time has come for athletes far and wide across the country, as the season is finally upon us – outdoor sports season. This is also meaningful to those off the courts and fields, such as dental professionals – it’s mouthguard season!

We here at Keystone Industries take pride in offering high-quality, custom-fit mouthguards that lead the market in saving teeth and money all at once. Since 1967, Pro-Form has been a role player in the oral protection community, giving teams and athletes around the world affordable equipment and materials.

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Our Pro-Form materials are used from the highest levels of professional sports all the way through youth leagues, and offer the highest level of protection, retention, and comfort possible. On top of all this, athletes are also able to speak and breathe easier than most types of mouthguards on the market.

Take a look at some of these alarming statistical findings, just to show how important this level of protection is for athletes in any and all sports:

  • 5 MILLION teeth are lost every year in sports activities (Source)
  • 34% of sports injuries involve the face (Source)
  • Dental injuries can cost more than 20X the preventative costs of a custom-fit Pro-Form mouthguard (Source)
  • 200,000 injuries prevented annually by mouthguards (Source)

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Now that you know how important this piece of protection is, let’s get into how the process is made simple for you. Below are two embedded videos from our YouTube channel that demonstrate the vacuum forming process and how to customize the mouthguard. Both processes can be done in either a dentist office or a dental lab.

In this first video, see how our vacuum former is able to make a custom-fit mouthguard out of one of our laminates:

In the second video, watch the tutorial of our centri-fuse kit, which easily puts custom logos, numbers, and letters onto an already-formed mouthguard:

Role players like these are vital in the process. But now you may be asking about what star players we have readily available to actually protect the teeth.

There are 200+ color and style laminates available in square or round. Your custom experience is endless, but can start with these popular choices in styles:




Glitter Guards

Tie Dye Guards

Fun Guards


Don’t forget of the most innovative way to select a mouthguard in the dental industry! If you have an iOS device with a camera, be sure to download the Keystone Industries app to try on a virtual mouthguard for yourself!

Choose between any color and style we offer, and see how it looks in your mouth inside the app. This is an excellent selling point for a patient in the chair of your office, and can increase sales with no effort at all. You won’t see an app like this in any app store!

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There’s a lot more from where these come from, so checking out the Pro-Form section of our website would be best to find exactly what you’re looking for in thickness, style, color, shape, etc. and even clear and black straps, which are required in most youth sports leagues. There are many videos on our YouTube channel and in our Learning Center, as well as our most up-to-date pamphlets and brochures in our Catalog section available for your download.

For more information on Keystone Industries or any Keystone products, visit us online at, call toll-free at 1 (800) 333-3131, or fax (856) 224-9444.

Keystone Industries, 480 South Democrat Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027.


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Insight on Bleaching Trays and the Tooth Whitening Market

Tooth whitening is the most-requested procedure by patients, no matter the age, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and this has become ever-so popular within the last two decades. With this in mind, not all patients have the luxury of affording top-of-the-line cosmetic dental work. Most that fall into this category resort to trying over-the-counter products, in hopes of snagging a deal on a fast, affordable way to whiten their teeth, with long-lasting results. There are tons of different products available to be taken home and whiten teeth, which can impede on the selection process. The teeth whitening and bleaching manufacturing market has been saturated with competition, and IBISWorld estimated a growth of only 0.9% in the market from 2007-2012. Consumers can (and will) turn to a cosmetic dentist for thoughts and advice on where to go from here, and that’s where Keystone Industries bleaching tray materials and kits come into play.

Currently, the industry is spread across four categories: dental-professional application, dentist-prescribed take-home kit use, over-the-counter consumer purchases, and non-dental options. Keystone offers products in two of these categories, of the former that is recommended. Being able to provide products for various needs is essential, and both professional materials for bleaching trays and also the take-home whitening kits for the patients thrive this market. With the ADA advising patients looking for these types of procedures to consult with a dentist for their best options, there is no better time for practices to load-up on the right materials for the right price, which Keystone offers.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

Keystone Industries Bleaching Laminates (above) are your best bet for creating bleaching trays.

The Keystone bleaching laminates are among the best for dental professionals for many reasons. Since this material is vacuum-formed to become a custom-fit tray, a type of work Keystone has a great reputation for, the fit for the patient is second to none. When the tray is created, the foam-lined tray withstands and absorbs the bleaching product, causing less leakage and thus decreasing bleaching time and making it less sensitive on the patient’s teeth. Since the bleaching solution used for in-office visits has a higher percentage of peroxide, the application time needs to be quicker to avoid tooth problems. Another suitable option we offer for creating bleaching trays is our Soft EVA, which is a clear Pro-Form material that is easily able to be trimmed and available in square or round laminates.

Not every patient wants to undergo bleaching at the dentist office though. In that case, an office can offer them a take-home kit that stands out above the rest. Dentists who aimed at giving patients a long-lasting white smile from home developed Niu Nait, which comes in 16 or 22 percent carbamide peroxide concentration. No strips, no hassle, and no pain is what this kit thrives itself on, which coincidentally is what every patient looks for in a take-home whitening kit. After the dentist fits the Pro-Form laminate to the patient’s teeth, they are free to go to apply the concentration in the comfort of their own home.

Niu Nait (below) was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

Niu Nait was developed by dentists to allow patients to get a bright smile on their own time.

The role as a dental hygienist is to offer factual information and available treatment options. Leaving the process of an evaluation and whitening in the dentist’s hands is the way to using stronger, more reputable materials at a higher price for a solid, bright outcome. Some customers may want to be as cost-effective as possible and still use a reliable and long-lasting product, which makes the Niu Nait Take-Home Kit a perfect option. This area of dentistry and competition that comes with it has made the market of manufacturing bleaching trays and materials difficult, so consulting a dentist for professional opinions, treatments, or prescribed kits is the way to go about bleaching teeth in this day and age.

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Are You Ready For Some Football? DDS Mary Lehmann Makes Sure The Stamford Knights Are!

Up in Stamford, CT, there was a high school football team that was in need of important protection before hitting the field for the first time this season. Dr. Maryann Lehmann, DDS stepped up to the task and called upon us here at Keystone Industries to help as well.

Dr. Lehmann has been fitting mouthguards for high school sports teams for years now, as she explains on her blog, even though she hasn’t been a big fan of the sport of football. However, oral protection outweighs her personal preferences, and giving to this team is what really mattered to Dr. Lehmann and Keystone, which is why we donated mouthguard materials to the Stamford Knights football team.

Below are some photos of team members wearing our Pro-Form mouthguards that Dr. Lehmann fitted them for. On her blog, Say Yes to the DDS!, you can read her full post on the experience and team.





You can find out more about our Pro-Form mouthguard material and accessory line on our website, Good luck this season, Stamford HS Knights!

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Dental care and your health

Dental care greatly affects your health. Here is an infographic on all the problems that can be related to poor oral health.
Dental Care & Your Health

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.


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Just facts: Dental injuries are more common than you think

Dental injuries, especially with athletes, are quite common. One of the best devices to protect athletes from injuries is using a custom mouthguard.

Here are some statistics and facts on dental injures from sports.

  • More than 5 million teeth are injured/knocked out every year
  • Dental injuries result in nearly $500 million spent on replacing teeth
  • 13-39% of all dental injuries are related to sports
  • Sporting activities cause the greatest percentage of dental traumatic injuries in teens
  • 50% of all children and teens will suffer at least one traumatic injury to a tooth by the time they graduate high school
  • Broken teeth, neck injuries and abrasions in the mouth are very common among athletes
  • These injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits a year
  • Young men suffer traumatic tooth injuries 2-3 times more often than young women
  • Sports related injuries account for 3 times more facial/dental injuries than violence or traffic accidents
  • Pre-teens and teens have the highest number of sports related dental injuries, with the top 3 sports being:
    • Basketball
    • Biking and
    • Hockey
  • Basketball players have in injury potential 13 times that of football players
  • Risks for athletes include:
    • Suffering a fall during competition
    • Contact from elbows, hands, arms
    • Contact from flying equipment
  • Use of a mouth guard is essential to lower the risk of dental injury in sports
  • Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouth guard
  • 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the top front teeth


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The history of athletic mouthguards

Could you imagine football without helmets, soccer without shin pads or even basketball without a hole cut out of the bottom of the basket? It’s amazing to consider the evolution of sports equipment – from where games started and where they have come.

Oftentimes, though, it’s hard to imagine a primitive version of the game. Helmets, shoulder pads, and yes, even the mouthguard didn’t always exist. Through the years, the mouthguard has played a huge role in sports protection and now has become as much of a staple in protection as any other piece of equipment. But how did the mouthguard come to be? What is the best type of mouthguard? And what injuries do they prevent? Well, the history of the mouthguard has taken us a long way and now plays an important role in keeping athletes in the game smiling.

The mouthguard origin: Giving a puncher’s chance

While it’s somewhat unclear the exact origin of the mouthguard, historic references have gone back to about the turn of the 20th century. Boxing appeared to be the first sport in which mouthpieces were used, as boxers originally fashioned primitive mouthguards out of cotton, tape, sponge and even small pieces of wood. Woolf Krause, a London dentist, developed a mouthguard or ‘gum shield’ in 1890 to protect boxers from debilitating lip lacerations. These injuries were quite common and hindered boxing competition during this time. Krause’s gum shields were originally made from gutta percha and were actually held in place by clenching the teeth. Later on Philip Krause, Krause’s son, modified the design and made the from vella rubber. The earliest recording of a U.S. mouthguard-type device was in 1916 when Thomas Carlos, a Chicago Dentist, designed a mouthpiece for U.S. Olympian Dinnie O’Keefe. The next few years, there are a handful of other dentists who claimed to create or modify the first mouthguard.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

The McTigue/Sharkey fight played a major role in mouthguards in boxing.

Mouthguards become prevalent in 1927 during a boxing match between Mike McTigue and Jack Sharkey. McTigue was clearly winning the fight, however, a chipped tooth severely cut his lip and forced him to forfeit the match. From then on, mouthguards become commonplace for boxers and also opened the possibilities for mouthguard use to flourish.

Three years following the infamous McTigue/Sharkey fight, mouthguards found its way into dental literature. Dr. Clearance Mayer, who was a dentist and also a boxing inspector, wrote about how custom mouthguards could be created from impressions using wax and rubber. He also suggested using steel springs to reinforce the materials.

Evolving the mouthguard: Everyone’s wearing it now

Finally in 1947, a major breakthrough was made when Los Angeles dentist Rodney O. Lilyquist used transparent acrylic resin to form the first acrylic splint. This mouthguard was molded to fit over the upper and lower teeth and made for a much more unobtrusive object. During this time, dental injuries were responsible for around 24-50% of all American football injuries. The Journal of American Dental Association picked up Lilyquist’s technique, which led to nationwide recognition. Dick Perry, a UCLA basketball player, was the first known athlete to use an acrylic mouthguard. Later on Frankie Albert, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, was the first known professional athlete to wear this type of mouthguard.

During the 1950s the American Dental Association (ADA) started researching mouthguards and promoted the mouthguard benefits to the public. By 1960 the ADA recommended the use of latex mouthguards in all contact sports and by 1962 all high school football players in the U.S. were required to wear the mouthguards. The NCAA followed suit in 1973 and made mouthguards mandatory. Since the promotion of mouthguards the number of dental injuries have dramatically decreased.

Presently, mouthguards are standard or required in many sports. The ADA recommends mouthguards to be used in 29 sports: acrobatics, basketball, bicycling, boxing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, inline skating, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Mouthguard smorgasbord: Colors, styles, decals, oh my!


Mouthguards are more hi-tech than ever, allowing for maximum protection.

Today there are plenty of mouthguard options that range in price, style and protection. The typical mouthguard is called a boil-and-bite, which can be purchased at any athletic store. These mouthguards are inexpensive options to protect the mouth. However, the drawbacks include less protection, bulky and a short lifespan. The other type of mouthguard is more custom made. These require an impression cast of the patient’s dentition as the initial step. The mouthguard is then made from this cast. Vacuum formed guards are made from single or multilayered polyethylene. Other techniques include pressure lamination to sandwich material together under high pressure.

These custom designs, such as vacuum forming, helps create a true custom mouthguard. With better retention and secure fit, it’s more protective and enables the athlete to breath and talk freely. Custom mouthguards also enable athletes to be more selective about their styles, color and even decals on the mouthguard. Professional athletes are often seen wearing these custom mouthguards and of course, all levels of athletes look to imitate the pros.

Smile and thank your mouthguard (and dentist)

Now that mouthguards are mainstream, what kind of protection do mouthguards offer? What are the benefits?

Mouthguards are mostly used in sports where deliberate or accidental impacts to the face and jaw may cause injury. Mouthguards protect injuries such as missing teeth, lacerations, cracked teeth, injured gums, and bone damage. Mouthguards may also reduce or prevent concussions during an impact to the jaw. Now, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually by mouthguard use. Athletes who don’t wear a mouthguard are 60% more likely to suffer damage to the mouth.

However, not all mouthguards prevent face, head and mouth injuries. Customization and personalization of mouthguards greatly increase the protection through a more form-fitting appliance. The tighter the fit, the less chance the mouthguard will fall out during impact. To get the fully custom fit a dentist needs to take an impression of the athlete’s mouth. That impression is then cast in stone and the mouthguard material is formed around the cast. This will create a nearly perfect match and form of the mouth and teeth; thus, providing better retention and enabling better breathing and communication.

These custom mouthguards spread the force of the blow over all the teeth that are covered by the mouthguard. They stop violent contact of upper and lower teeth. They also keep lips away from misaligned teeth, which protect the lips, teeth and orthodontic treatment (example: braces). Mouthguards always hold the jaws apart to act as shock absorbers and prevents upward and backward displacement of the condyles in their fossae. This alone can help reduce concussions.

Mouthguards are here to stay

It’s hard to refute the importance of a mouthguard. Whether it’s a high impact sport or a low impact sport, someone’s mouth, teeth and head are always vulnerable. With the evolution of the games came the evolution of protection. Mouthguards are beginning to be the norm, instead of the exception. Because of that, mouthguards have become better protectors, easier to use and of course, they look good too. Soon, it’s going to be hard to imagine sports without mouthguards.


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Mouthguards: Custom fit and custom protection

Below is an article published in First Impressions last year. We helped them gather the information.

Oral healthcare is a round-the clock job for patients. So, it makes sense that dentists should  educate their patients on new technologies, such as mouthguards.

It’s becoming common to see mouthguards used in a  wide range of sports, from basketball to gymnastics, skateboarding and martial arts. And, as more amateur athletes seek  the same quality equipment and styles as professionals do,  more are looking for the same level of protection and safety.

Today’s custom mouthguards are tight-fitting, thereby offering better protection without compromising athletes’  ability to communicate or breathe. In fact, as they become available in more colors and styles, mouthguards are becoming somewhat of
a fashion trend in sports.

Why mouthguards?


Pro-form mouthguards are a great way to promote custom fit mouthguards.

High impact sports typically  require athletes to wear a  mouthguard. But, in some  sports, such as basketball, mouthguards are not always worn. Athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 percent more likely to suffer a mouth injury, according to experts.
In fact, mouthguards are estimated to prevent over 200,000 oral injuries each year. While it’s often difficult or impossible for athletes to avoid a blow to the mouth, wearing a mouthguard can help them avoid the discomfort and expense of lost or broken teeth, a broken jaw or worse.

Inexpensive mouthguards available at sports retailers do not always afford adequate protection. For instance, boil-and-bite options (designed to be softened in hot water and then shaped around one’s teeth) may only cost about $10, but they  tend to wear out easily. What’s more, chewed-up mouthguards  likely will fail to offer adequate protection. And, what seemed like an upfront savings can lead to dental bills to repair cracked
or even lost teeth. By comparison, custom mouthguards, which are designed around an impression that the dentist takes of the patient’s mouth, are said to fit better, provide greater protection, last longer and can be used for multiple sports.

Working with your customers 

Rather than working with an outside laboratory to make custom mouthguards, dentists can employ an in-house system to create custom mouthguards at their office. Reps  should encourage their customers to speak to their patients and parents of their younger patients, as well as reach out to schools and local athletic directors. Some good probing questions reps can ask include:

• “Doctor, are many of your patients children or
student athletes?”
• “Are you involved in – or connected to – the local
sports scene?”
• “Are there local sports teams that might be interested
in bulk rate deals for custom fit mouthguards?”
• “Do you yourself play sports? If so, do you wear
a mouthguard?” (Dentists can promote their
products by demonstrating their value firsthand.)

Dentists may object that the cost of a custom mouthguard is a turn-off to some patients. Sales reps should remind their customers to stress the savings – both financial and medical – that comes from protecting one’s oral health and avoiding costly and painful injuries.

Selecting a mouthguard is not a matter of one size fits all. As athletes (both professional and amateur) and parents of child athletes become increasingly aware of the risks involved in sports – as well as the protective gear available to help prevent those risks – the demand for mouthguards will likely increase. If they’re not already on board, your dental customers will want to be a part of this opportunity, and they’ll appreciate the insight their sales reps have to offer.

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A time-tested vacuum former


Are you looking for an inexpensive vacuum forming machine? Then look no further than the Pro-form Machine III. Read below about its time-tested performance. And don’t forget, its made in America! Machine III_revisedflyer


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Pro-form materials come in round too

Round Pro-FormDid you know PRO-FORM laminates come in Round?

Pro-form laminates are available in round that match any thermo-forming machine on the market. This way you can get the Pro-form quality at any time on any machine. Our new product numbers make it easy to order too.

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Call us at 800.333.3131 or visit our dental products website for more information.

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Watch these Keystone videos from IDS

Keystone Industries participated in this year’s IDS, one of the biggest dental trade shows in the world. Here are some vides about Keystone Industries and our products.

Click here for a video on centri-fuse

Click here for technique video from renowned dental technician Alberto Battistelli 

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