CustMbite Night Guard Review

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Reviewed by  Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Lifelong grinder, first-time bruxism-guard-wearer, thanks for taking my call. 

If you ended up on this page, you are likely searching for things like “pain from teeth grinding,” which led to “what is bruxism,” which led to “how to treat bruxism at home,” which brought you to “mouthguards for bruxism,” and that search history indicates that you might be a lot like me. So let me just say one thing before you click away, because that’s what I would have done: CustMbite’s bruxism guard changed my life, and if you want to know why, I will tell you. 

Ever since high school, my dentists’ visits have always ended with an exhortation to get a night guard, and I’ve never followed up on it. There are a ton of reasons why - it’s expensive, and it’s a pain to go back to the office TWICE MORE to get fitted and then pick it up. And the alternatives weren’t appealing, either. I certainly wasn’t keen on jamming any of the huge bruxism guards I saw in the stores into my mouth, and I did not want to be stuck with cleaning the thing, which turned into another excuse.

Also, I just didn’t want to wear one.

So I didn’t. Now, it’s been about two decades since I first started hearing “You need a night guard,” and in that time I’ve been

  1. made aware that I grind my teeth all night and it makes a horrific sound,
  2. had multiple discussions with friends who have bruxism and wear night guards (I promise you that we are actually very fun at parties),
  3. noticed that my teeth are getting kind of flat, and
  4. realized that waking up with sensitive teeth, a headache, and a sore jaw every morning was not considered normal, and in fact, most people do not experience these sensations upon the dawning of each new day.

How do I know if I need a bruxism guard?

Well, people will usually tell you - your dentist, your doctor, anyone who has the misfortune of sharing sleeping quarters with you when you begin your nightly bruxing routine. I had a lot of symptoms that were fairly constant as well. As I said, most people don’t wake up every morning with a sore face, and my teeth were probably more sensitive than a set of healthy teeth. You will want to consult with a dentist because I am clearly not a professional. You might experience things that I didn’t, and vice versa. 

Bruxism can also be caused by other conditions, like TMJ; in that case, your bruxism guard might be part of a bigger plan that supports your overall dental health. Your bruxism might be caused by stress or anxiety too, or you might grind more often when you’re under more stress than normal. The bottom line is that a lot of things can affect your bruxism, and even if you’re just going through a stressful time that’s going to pass, it’s worth the $50. 

Why I chose CustMbite

Honestly, I chose CustMbite because I had nothing to lose. If I hated it, I could send it back. I am also partial to anything that is delivered directly to my home, and the fact that I did not have to shell out hundreds of dollars for the privilege was a bonus too. 

When I received it, I sliced open the box and became a person who owned a bruxism guard. I wanted it to be everything it said, but I also like to complain, so I was on high alert for any discrepancies. Even before molding it, it’s noticeably thinner than the guards you can get at the store. 

The instructions to fit it were super simple, and I was curious to see how the molding process worked. I didn’t have to mess around with boiling water, I didn’t have to sit there forever with the thing setting up in my mouth. Microwave, paper towel, a bowl of cold water. Bite, press, suck. Boom. Off to bed. 

I’m not a great sleeper, so I was concerned about falling asleep with a bruxism guard in my mouth, but I drifted off with no problem. That was a great sign for me, as was my ability to easily drink water throughout the night without removing my guard.  

The next morning was the first time in as long as I can remember where I woke up without tooth pain and a headache. I was simultaneously delighted and crushed. I could have been feeling like this for years! Why did it take me so long to give in? 

I live in a dishwasher-free apartment, so I use my toothbrush and water to scrub off my mouthguard in the morning, and it’s still just as fresh as it was the day I got it. This is just about the level of maintenance I can handle, so thanks, CustMbite, for making it so easy for me to keep up my newfound good habit.  

Why not enjoy your own CustMbite?

If you’ve made it this far, I don’t know what else I can tell you. Wearing a CustMbite bruxism guard changed my life overnight. Once you get used to waking up with pain, you kind of tune it out. Wearing a night guard is like waking up in a different world, and I could not possibly be more sincere in encouraging you to get one too. If you are ready to feel unexpectedly enthusiastic about your own experience, I highly suggest that you buy the best bruxism guard right here

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Reviewed by:

Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Monroe Elkin got a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Rutgers School of Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. Dr. Elkin owned and operated his own dental practices for 29 years where he specialized in treating oral injuries for athletes, fabricated custom fitted mouth guards and performed both general and trauma dentistry for athletes at Wagner College as dentist for the athletic department. He also performed cosmetic dentistry including implants, crown and bridges, bonding and endodontics. Dr. Elkin has been a part of 3 publications and has held various positions volunteering for organizations that are about sports dentistry and oral care.

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