Oct. 29, 2014 It’s Official. On Sept. 9, 2014, The Mini Comfort Day and Night brux and clench guard was awarded Utility Patent # 8,826,913 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There are 2 types of patents. The United States Patent and Trademark Office section 1502.01 “Distinction Between Design and Utility Patents ” states…..”In general terms, a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works, while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks…”
The soft, flexible, custom fabricated Mini Comfort was awarded a utility patent because of the exclusive, unique way that it works. The discluding elements (see picture) of the Mini Comfort are important and serve 2 purposes. First, they prevent damage to teeth while the wearer is clenching, bracing or grinding. Second, because most people don’t realize that they clench, brace or grind, the discluding elements provide a gentle awareness therapy reminding the wearer that they are clenching, bracing or grinding thereby offering a solution for breaking the habit.
Concerned dentists who wish to keep up with the latest technology and provide the best for their patients are prescribing the Mini Comfort. Many providers are realizing that hard, uncomfortable guards are impractical, ineffective and soon the Mini Comfort may account for the vast majority of all prescribed guards.