Bruxism and the Problems It Causes
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, clenching, or gnashing, can cause a lot of problems for you if you don’t treat it. If you grind your teeth during the day, you can train yourself not to do it, but nighttime bruxism is not under your direct control. The best way to prevent yourself from suffering painful consequences of this unfortunate sleep habit is to treat the symptoms. The number one go-to treatment for most dentists is a quality nighttime mouthguard like our CustMbite Nightguard.
The symptoms of bruxism can get quite painful, or they can sneak up on you. You may not notice any symptoms until you realize you have teeth that are loose, fractured, flattened, or chipped. Your teeth may even be worn down so far that deeper layers of them are exposed. You may notice increased pain or sensitivity in your teeth if you have nighttime bruxism. You may also have tired or tight jaw muscles.
Soreness in the neck, jaw, or face can indicate that you suffer from nighttime bruxism. You may also feel pain in the ear that is unrelated to any actual condition in your ear canal. Sufferers of bruxism are known to experience dull headaches that start in the area of your temples. In severe cases, you could disrupt your sleep or that of your sleep partner with the grinding noise your teeth make.
Causes of Bruxism
While the exact cause of bruxism is unknown, there are a few details that are known to increase your risk of bruxism. The main one is stress. Increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding, as can excessive anger or frustration. Another risk factor is your age—children are more likely to suffer from bruxism than adults, but their consequences are generally less severe.
If you have an aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive personality, you are at greater risk for suffering from bruxism. Nighttime bruxism is often a family affair—if one or more members of your family experience bruxism, you are more likely to experience it yourself. Certain psychiatric medications, like antidepressants, are sometimes linked to bruxism. So is smoking tobacco, using recreational drugs, or drinking alcohol or caffeine. There are certain conditions that are associated with bruxism such as Parkinson’s disease, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and epilepsy. Other sleep-related disorders like sleep apnea often accompany bruxism, and if you have ADHD, you’re also at higher risk of developing the disorder.
How the CustMbite Nightguard Provides Teeth Grinding Pain Relief
While there is no known cure for bruxism, the CustMbite Nightguard is designed to be worn at night so your teeth cannot connect in a grinding or clenching motion, thus mitigating the negative effects of the habit. The key to its ability to do so is that it’s made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which was designed with the assistance of dental professionals for your comfort and superior protection. VistaMaxx is strong enough to keep your teeth from grinding together at night, while also being flexible enough to be comfortable to wear.
To make our teeth grinding pain relief product more comfortable, we designed it to be custom-fit to your teeth. When you first receive your CustMbite Nightguard, you will take just a couple of minutes to fit it to your teeth. There’s no need to boil it like many other mouthguards require you to do. You just need to microwave it quickly and dip it in a bowl of cold water, then apply it to your teeth and follow the directions to make it fit snugly inside your mouth. In addition to being more comfortable, this helps the nightguard stay inside your mouth throughout the night. After all, a nightguard on your pillow doesn’t provide valuable teeth grinding pain relief at all.
Bruxism is commonly suffered by children, though it often goes away before they grow up. That’s why we’ve also designed a petite-sized CustMbite Nightguard. If your child suffers from bruxism, they can use the nightguard to help mitigate the consequences of teeth grinding. We even offer our nightguards in a variety of colors—clear, pink, blue, navy, and black—so you or your child can choose your favorite color. The CustMbite Nightguard works well for people with braces. You can even remold it each time your or your child’s bite changes, which makes it more cost-effective than having to get a new guard each time.
Where can I get a CustMbite Nightguard for myself or my child?
The CustMbite Nightguard has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and it’s free of PVC, BPA, latex, and phthalates. It doesn’t absorb saliva, water, or bacteria, so it’s easy to keep clean by washing it in soap and water when you brush your teeth in the morning. Now that you know the CustMbite Nightguard is the best option to provide teeth grinding pain relief, order your nightguard online today!
Your comfort is our highest priority.
Sleep comfortably with CustMbite. Bruxism and TMJ disorder, both often caused by teeth grinding or clenching during sleep, can cause many problems, including jaw discomfort, headaches, and sleep disruption.
With CustMbite, you can rest assured knowing that our nightguard was created specifically with your comfort in mind. Our patented Vistamaxx™ material will provide a snug and secure fit to your teeth, so not only will they be protected from grinding and clenching, you'll also sleep comfortable every night.