OTTAWA, ON — Before the invention of the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), the mouthpiece was primarily used to protect athletes from cracking or chipping teeth, biting the tongue, and concussions. Now, with PPM technology, certified dentists are providing customized mouthguards for athletes that provide many bonuses when training and competing.
“At first, considering a mouthguard as a game-changing piece of equipment might seem farfetched,” says Dr. Pamela Li, a PPM certified Ottawa dental practitioner. “But, if you think about it, the mouth is one of two airways that feed oxygen to the body’s muscles and expels carbon-dioxide. Also, the neuromuscular systems are enhanced through the PPM, which enhances many physical aspects of athletic performance.”
The PPM helps an athlete by correcting misalignment in the jaw, thus improving two main factors: the body’s airways and the neuromuscular makeup of the athlete. By aligning the jaw in its optimal position, PPM users experience real boosts to strength, concentration, agility, flexibility, balance, and other performance factors as well.
Whether it be a contact or non-contact sport, PPM provides benefits by increasing oxygen intake during physical activity. Compared to other mouthpieces that only provide protection to the teeth and tongue, PPM’s design opens up airways, which improves oxygenation of the body. Improved delivery of oxygen to the body’s muscles increases endurance.
There are generally two different types of PPM appliances for either contact or non-contact sports. For athletes involved in high impact sports, there is an upper mouthguard that aligns the jaws and opens the airways and protects the teeth as well. For non-contact sports such as golf, the PPM appliance is worn on the bottom jaw and is more discrete and comfortable.
“The PPM provides a much larger advantage in performance than you’d expect,” says Dr. Li, an Ottawa cosmetic dentistry expert. “PPM equipment is used by some major athletes such as Shaquille O’Neil, Terrell Owens, and Olympians Bode Miller and Apollo Ono. All of these professional athletes experience a boost from PPM that is not steroids and is100% legal.”
Muscles in the face, jaw, and neck are some of the most used muscles in the body. Because of constant use and a high propensity for stress to effect these muscles, most people experience tension, nerve-pinching, and even a buildup of toxins in these areas. However, with neuromuscular treatment, all of these problems are addressed and corrected by releasing tension and aligning the jaw.
“It doesn’t take a scientist to know that muscles are at optimal potential when they are relaxed and in their proper positions,” says Ottawa dental implants expert. “But, to get muscles in relaxed and proper position is often difficult as our bodies naturally form their own tension spots and misalignments. Part of neuromuscular treatment is to relax the muscles of the neck and face, which has a ripple effect on the muscles throughout the body.”
According to the Ottawa Invisalign provider and PPM practitioner, the body can easily become misaligned. In fact, misalignments in the hips, shoulders, and other areas of the body can be effected by neuromuscular problems in the jaw and neck.
PPM mouthguards are custom-molded to the unique jaw alignment of each patient notes Ottawa general dentist Dr. Li. Finding the perfect jaw alignment that unlocks all of the performance benefits of the PPM technology starts with relaxing the muscles and nerves of the neck, jaw, and face that gradually lock into tense, inefficient alignments.
Relaxing these muscles and nerves is achieved through light electrical stimulation via a TENS machine. After the muscles and nerves are rendered relaxed, a measurement of the jaw’s alignment is taken. After, a custom PPM appliance is manufactured by the Makkar Athletics Group, who is responsible for inventing PPM technology. The newly created mouthguard is optimized for that specific athlete’s jaw, and opens up a world of improvements to performance.
There are three levels of PPM. The PPM Key is an entry level mouthguard, the PPM 1.0 is mid-level and the PPM Elite is targeted at more serious athletes who want the highest level performance.
PPM dentists such as Dr. Li receives special training in neuromuscular physiology and conducting special tests and measurements to yield optimal results. For more information on this technology, visit Dr. Li’s Web site: http://www.drpamelali.com/, or http://www.makkaradvantage.com/.
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To learn more about PPM technology, visit Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li’s dental Web site: http://www.drpamelali.com/. Or, visit her practice at 227-267 O’Connor Street, Ottawa, Ont., K2P 1V3; or call: (613) 232-0550 to schedule a consultation.
About Dr. Pamela Li
Dr. Pamela Li graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1988 with a BSc in chemistry. She then completed her dental training in 1992 at the University of Toronto. Afterwards she completed a general practice residency at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Utica, N.Y.
Dr. Li worked at Moose Factory General Hospital on the Moose Factory Indian Reservation in Northern Ontario. She travelled up to Kasheshewan reservation monthly to service the needs of the remote aboriginal communities.
In 1994, Dr. Li returned to Ottawa, her hometown, to go into private practice. She has been practicing downtown since 1997 and has recently moved to her present location in August 2008.
She has taken extensive continuing education courses. She has attended the prestigious Las Vegas Institute (LVI) and has completed comprehensive post-doctoral courses in neuromuscular dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. She is certified in oral conscious sedation with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). She is also one of the few dentists in Ottawa certified in the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), the revolutionary new sportsguard.
Dr. Li is certified in Invisalign, the clear retainer alternative to braces. She is a member of the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine). She is also a member of the Argyle Associates and Gumdocs implant study clubs.
Dr. Li volunteered for a 2 week medical/dental mission in the Dominican Republic. She along with 3 other dentists extracted over 1000 teeth in the remote mountainous region of the Dominican Republic. She also volunteered for one month in a hospital in St. Lucia. She performed general, emergency dentistry and Implant dentistry.
When she’s away from the office, Dr. Li enjoys the company of family and friends, traveling, skiing and skating.
Dr. Li has been married to Clinton for 11 years. They have two beautiful daughters, Sophia and Meagan, which keep them busy with piano, dance, swimming and skating lessons.
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