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CustMbite started in 2004 by Dr. Monroe Elkin, a dentist with over 30 years of experience. He saw how expensive night guards were from a dental lab, so he created affordable, comfortable, personalized dental guards to treat jaw pain caused by bruxism, clenching, grinding, and TMJ. CustMbite’s durable, flexible, BPA-free Vistamaxx material received a U.S. patent in 2014, has been cleared by the FDA and is used in all our nightguards, teeth whitening trays and our anti-snoring system.

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What is TMJ Disorder?

Caused by inflammation or injury to the temporomandibular joint, TMJ Disorder prevents the bones, discs, muscles and ligaments in your mouth from working correctly.

Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
  • tooth pain
  • headaches
  • tooth sensitivity
  • chewing difficulty
  • clicking, popping and cracking of the jaw.
  • Head and scalp pain
  • Ear pain and/or changes in hearing

    TMJD is the most common cause of facial pain and is second only to lower back pain as the most common painful musculoskeletal conditions.

    It’s estimated that between 5 and 12 percent of American citizens suffer from TMJ, and 20-30% of the population deals with symptoms of temporomandibular disorders.

    TMJ Risk Factors include:

    • Teeth grinding (also called “bruxism”)
    • Previous jaw injury
    • Misalignment of the jaw
    • Arthritis
    • Wearing braces
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Wisdom teeth issues
    • Stress or anxiety

      Treatment for TMJ

      Once you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ, there are a variety of paths you can take to treat your symptoms. Depending on the severity, there are noninvasive at-home interventions you can try – or there are different types of TMJ surgery. Surgery for TMJ is usually considered as a last resort, and your dentist or doctor may recommend that you try less invasive techniques like TMJ exercises, chiropractic treatments, diet, stress reduction through mindfulness and relaxation, and wearing a TMJ mouth guard before committing to surgery.

      Using Mouthguards for TMJ

      If your TMJ is aggravated by bruxism or clenching, a mouthguard may help alleviate some of the pressure on your teeth and jaw by providing a cushion between your teeth. You want to make sure you use an easy-to-mold, comfortable and custom-fit nightguard for the best results.


      There are two main disorders that can cause you to clench or grind your teeth during your sleep. One is TMJ, and the other is bruxism – which means ‘grinding your teeth.’ If you have a problem grinding your teeth during the day, you likely also have nighttime bruxism as well.

      Causes of Bruxism

      The number one cause of bruxism is stress - physical, social or emotional stress. Grinding your teeth is one of the many ways your body can react to stress. People who have an aggressive, competitive, or hyperactive personality are more likely to suffer from bruxism. Bruxism can also be an uncommon side effect of certain psychiatric medications like antidepressants. Other risk factors that may contribute to bruxism include drinking caffeine, using tobacco, or drinking alcohol.

      Nighttime bruxism symptoms can include:

      • Grinding your teeth loud enough to wake your sleep partner
      • Flattened, chipped, fractured or loose teeth with no apparent cause
      • Increased tooth sensitivity or pain
      • Tired or tight jaw muscles
      • Unexplained jaw, face or neck pain upon waking
      • Dull headaches, earaches
      • Sleep disruption


        How to prevent damage to your teeth

        Most dental professionals recommend a nightguard to help protect your teeth from clenching or grinding. Nightguards are available from drugstores, online, or from dentists, and there are pros and cons to each. CustMbite’s nightguard is reasonably priced and is made from our patented VistaMaxx material which offers comfort and protection from clenching or grinding your teeth at night. You can even speak clearly and drink water when you are wearing our custom-fit at-home moldable nightguards.

        Why good sleep matters

        We all know how we feel if we don’t get enough sleep. But did you know that sleep deprivation negatively affects cognition, attention and decision making? This can affect how well you perform in all areas of your life.

        Getting enough sleep helps with:

        • Having a better attitude
        • Safer driving
        • Ability to think critically and solve problems creatively
        • Ability to learn, retain information and solidify memories
        • Increasing ability to lose weight and control cravings
        • Allowing muscles to repair themselves during sleep
        • Better athletic performance
        • Protection against heart disease, early mortality, Alzheimer’s Disorder and more.


          Did you know that bruxism, or clenching or grinding your teeth, is one of the most frequently diagnosed causes of poor sleep? Fortunately, it’s also one of the most treatable. Wearing a sleep or night guard has been shown to help reduce the symptoms of sleep bruxism, including headaches, jaw soreness and tooth sensitivity.

          Sleep or night guards form a barrier between your teeth so that you can sleep more restfully. The guards help provide a cushion to relieve the pressure on your teeth and strain on the muscles of your jaw. Wearing a sleep guard is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to sleep better. It’s also portable, affordable and more reliable than other options.

          Picking the right nightguard

          By picking the right mouthguard, you’ll be able to sleep better and more comfortably, ensuring a full night’s sleep – and a much better day ahead! We can’t promise that our mouthpiece will stop you from grinding your teeth, but it may reduce the damage caused to your teeth and help reduce headache and jaw pain upon waking.

          Our nightguard has been designed with your comfort and dental health in mind, making it one of the best and most comfortable custom mouthguards available on the market. Our thin, custom-fit remoldable nightguards are made to fit the contours of your mouth, so you can sleep more comfortably.

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