When boxing’s first protective gum shield (mouthpiece) was introduced in 1913 by dentist, Jack Marks, and was consequently made popular by boxer Ted “Kid” Lewis, his creation was purely intended to provide protection for the teeth and gums. Little did he know, his simple product would ultimately be altered and engineered to improve athletic performance? His basic design would also become a part of nearly all combat and contact sports, however, it wasn’t until recent years that companies have put the research behind this piece of gear to enhance its protective benefits and, in the process, discover that a good mouthpiece can actually make an athlete stronger and faster. By providing a better fit and aligning the jaw more properly, your mouthpiece can actually add power to your punch and improve your ability to take a better shot. A better chin combined with the ability to hit harder…could that be true? It could be and it is.