Patterson Dental teams up with Under Armour

Aug. 13, 2009
Company named exclusive distributor of new UA Performance Mouthwear.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota--Patterson Dental has announced its role as the exclusive distributor of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear.

The mouthwear is a new line of custom mouthpieces and mouthguards for sports athletes. Powered by ArmourBite Technology, UA Performance Mouthwear aims to improve strength, endurance and reaction time, reduce athletic stress--and with the mouthguard--reduce impact from blows to the jaw.

When athletes exert themselves, clenching the jaw is a natural reaction. But teeth-clenching triggers the excess production and release of hormones, such as cortisol.

This produces stress, fatigue and distraction and can hinder an athlete's performance. ArmourBite Technology in UA Performance Mouthwear prevents teeth from clenching, relieves pressure on the temporomandibular joint, and helps prevent the excessive production of performance-sapping hormones.

"We're thrilled to bring such a compelling product and powerful brand name, Under Armour, into the dental practice," said Scott Anderson, president of Patterson Dental. "Our mission is to drive innovation to the dental profession, and the latest offering brings the excitement of sports into the dental office in a way that's never been done before."

ArmourBite, the patented technology in UA Performance Mouthwear, was created by Under Armour's partner, Bite Tech, a Minneapolis-based company that has spent more than 15 years conducting research and science on developing mouthwear products that improve athletic performance.

"Throughout history, soldiers, warriors and athletes realized that by preventing their teeth from clenching together with a leather strap or bullet, they were able to gain the edge they needed to get through, or even excel at strenuous or punishing activities," said Bite Tech founder Jon Kittelsen. "ArmourBite Technology brings this ancient concept to today's athletes with a comfortable, safe product."

Bite Tech has conducted years of independent studies at some of the nation's top universities and research centers, including The Citadel and IMG Academies. These studies have proven the science behind UA Performance Mouthwear.

Available exclusively through Patterson Dental's national network of authorized dental providers, the Under Armour Performance Mouthwear line includes:

* UA Performance Mouthpiece--Custom-molded mouthpiece with optimal fit and comfort for noncontact sports, such as baseball, golf, tennis, cycling, and running.

* UA Performance Mouthguard--Custom-molded mouthguard with superior protection and comfort for contact sports, such as football, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts and wrestling.

Additionally, a premium alloy version of the mouthpiece will be added to the UA Performance Mouthwear product line-up in fall 2009.

To become an authorized provider of UA Performance Mouthwear, dentists can purchase a Launch Kit from Patterson Dental. The kit includes product samples, educational materials for dental teams and consumers, prescription forms and fitting instructions. Interested dentists should contact their Patterson Dental sales representatives.

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