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SOVA Science: The Importance of Shore D Hardness

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The Science of a Better Day

Many have asked about our Research and Development at ATI ( Akervall Technologies Inc.) Here is some of the science explained.

Shore D Hardness

Shore D hardness measures the hardness of semi rigid and hard plastics and indicates the resistance of a material to indentation. SOVA material* has a higher Shore D hardness when compared to EVA** which makes the material more difficult to indent.

* SOVA material (51-55) ** EVA material (15-45) 

The Shore D hardness of the SOVA material is one example of the SOVA Advantage.

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SOVA Science: The Importance of Storage Modulus

The Science of a Better DayMany have asked about our Research and Development at ATI ( Akervall Technologies Inc.) Here is some of the science explained.  Storage Modulus Storage modulus is a very important parameter for mouthguards because it is a measure of how much impact energy can be elastically stored in the material. The SOVA material with a [...]

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SOVA Science: The Importance of Tensile Strength

The Science of a Better DayMany have asked about our Research and Development at ATI ( Akervall Technologies Inc.) Here is some of the science explained.Tensile StrengthTensile strength describes the maximum stress the material can sustain before failure. The range of tensile strength of SOVA material* is at least 30% higher when compared to EVA** which is used [...]

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How are Bruxism and Sleep Apnea Related?

If you go to the dentist because of suspected bruxism, chances are they’re going to recommend a night guard. While you definitely need to have a night guard to protect your teeth from grinding, it’s just the first step of treating bruxism. To treat bruxism you must go beyond the night guard and address what is [...]

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​Best Types of Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding

Your dentist has just diagnosed you as a bruxer (someone who suffers from Bruxism). Chances are they’ve recommended a dental guard to protect your teeth night. Thus, your search for the perfect night guard begins.There are a number of factors to consider from price, to material, comfort, and fit. While there is no known cure [...]

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Daytime Clenching: Do I Need a Mouthguard?

While bruxism is typically associated with sleeping, it can also happen during the day. Day time grinding is a form of bruxism that affects 10% of all night grinders. So there’s a chance that if you’re grinding during the night that you are also doing it during the day.Just like nocturnal bruxism, day clenching is [...]

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5 Reasons You Shouldn't Dread Going to The Dentist

I used to be so afraid of going to the dentist that I put off going for a couple years. It wasn’t until my gums were inflamed and causing me pain that I actually went to go see the dentist. I am not alone. In fact, an estimated 75% of Americans experience fear or anxiety when [...]

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5 Natural Supplements That Help Relieve Pain

This may be a feeling many of you know all too well. You wake up from a mediocre night’s sleep, rub your eyes, spit out your night guard, and there it is. Your day begins with pain. All you know, is that you want it to stop. Lucky for you, there are some easy and [...]

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Best Tea for Stress and Anxiety

For thousands of years, tea has been used for meditation (religious ceremonies), medication and relaxation. It goes back over 5,000 years as a medication and 1,000 as a beverage. Nature’s Xanax, as I like to call it. Nothing is more relaxing than ending my day with a hot cup of green tea (that’s my favorite). [...]

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