Nightguards and Retainers—Are They Interchangeable?
If you have had recent orthodontic work such as braces or Invisalign, you may be using a plastic retainer to keep your teeth where they belong. If you’ve been looking at nightguards like the CustMbite Nightguard, you may notice they look a lot like plastic retainers, right down to it being shaped specifically for your teeth. So is there any reason you can’t just use your plastic retainer for a nightguard if you suffer from teeth grinding?
Let’s take a look at the differences between retainers and nightguards and see what the answer is to that question. Continue reading to learn how the CustMbite Nightguard is better than a retainer at managing the symptoms of bruxism or TMJ disorder.
What Retainers and Nightguards Are Meant To Do
Retainers are designed to keep your teeth properly aligned. It can be easy for teeth that have been recently moved into alignment to drift back to their original locations. If you’ve had braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic work done in order to move your teeth into their correct place, you may need a retainer to “remind” your teeth where they are supposed to be. Using a retainer prevents them from moving back and helps keep them become more stable in their new location. Retainers can be made of thin plastic or metal. The thin plastic retainers do look like nightguards used for bruxism or TMJ disorder, but they are different in some very important ways.
Nightguards are designed specifically to help prevent your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. While the CustMbite Nightguard is made of a thin and pliable polymer called VistaMaxx, it is slightly thicker than a plastic retainer. That’s because it’s designed to stand up to your teeth as they attempt to grind each night. Thinner, more fragile retainers may wear out and develop holes where your teeth come together in a relatively short period of time. A nightguard made of our patented VistaMaxx material can hold up against the pressure of your teeth when you grind or clench your teeth night after night.
Clearly, retainers cannot take the place of nightguards for issues like teeth grinding and clenching. Now let’s take a look at exactly how nightguards work.
How Nightguards Protect Your Teeth From Grinding and Clenching During Sleep
A custom-fitted, long-lasting nightguard can stop nighttime teeth grinding or clenching in its tracks. As long as your nightguard lasts, you don’t need to worry about your teeth grinding symptoms. The CustMbite Nightguard is a custom-fit nightguard that can protect your teeth against the damage that can be done when you grind them at night. You could lose tooth enamel, experience cracked or broken teeth, or even lose one or more teeth with severe bruxism (teeth grinding).
Bruxism can also lead to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome, which is when the joint that connects your jaw to your skull comes out of alignment. The damaging pressure of bruxism can also lead to the development of gum disease. At the very least, you’re likely to wake up daily with a dull headache or pains in your face, jaw, or ear.
A nightguard is the number one prescribed treatment for bruxism and mild to moderate TMJ disorder. Your dentist will likely encourage you to get one that is custom-fit to your teeth and that is comfortable to wear and easy to clean. That’s where the CustMbite Nightguard comes into play. When you first receive your CustMbite Nightguard, you will mold it to your teeth for a perfect fit. Complete instructions are included with every nightguard.
If you have braces, it can be hard to find a nightguard that will work for you. The CustMbite Nightguard was developed to work for people with braces, and special instructions are included on how to mold the nightguard with braces. As your teeth move into place, you don’t need to get a new nightguard. The CustMbite Nightguard can be remolded each time your bite changes, and a final time when the braces come off. This makes the CustMbite Nightguard an affordable choice for people with braces or without braces.
Where can I get a CustMbite Nightguard for myself or my child?
Whether you are the one who suffers from bruxism or your child is, we have a CustMbite Nightguard that will fit the bill. You can even choose from five colors: clear, pink, blue, navy, and black. You can get the adult or the youth (petite) size nightguard. All nightguards are compatible with braces. Furthermore, our mouthguards have been evaluated and accepted by the FDA. They are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, and latex. Order the best nightguard for teeth grinding online today and prepare for a good night’s sleep from now on.
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.