Reducing Painful Effects of Bruxism

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Reducing Painful Effects of Bruxism

Mouthguards can reduce the painful effects of bruxism

If you have bruxism (also known as teeth grinding), you may have known something was off long before a dentist told you what it was. Many dentists recommend a bruxism mouthguard, but choosing the right one can be difficult. CustMbite offers an FDA-cleared, custom-fit mouthguard for bruxism that’s just as good as (or better than) the spendy custom guards available from a dentist’s office. 

If left untreated, bruxism can have a serious impact on your dental health. It can even lead to more complex conditions like temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ. It’s important to address bruxism early on - before it has a chance to cause lasting damage. Fortunately, studies show that in the majority of cases, natural, at-home bruxism treatments are very effective at reducing pain caused by teeth grinding. 

Bruxism: definition, symptoms, and impact

Bruxism is the medical term for involuntary teeth grinding and jaw clenching. If you’re diagnosed with bruxism, the cause may not always be clear. Bruxism can be caused by both emotional and physical factors. Its intensity and frequency can be aggravated by stress, anxiety, and even the amount of sleep you get. Physical factors like a misaligned jaw or bite can cause bruxism as well - if the teeth aren’t lined up, they’re going to use each other as levers in an attempt to get back into place.

Contrary to popular belief, bruxism doesn’t always cause a sound. In fact, it can be completely silent, particularly if you’re someone who experiences bruxism during stressful situations. Noisy grinding is more common during nocturnal bruxism, so if you share sleeping quarters with another person, chances are good that they’ve told you all about your bruxism in the morning. 

Upon waking, you might notice any number of symptoms. The constant pressure of your teeth against one another can make them sore and sensitive. You might have headaches in the morning, or notice that your face and jaw muscles feel fatigued. Because bruxism is such a powerful force, it can cause serious damage to your teeth if left unchecked. Bruxism causes excess wear on the enamel of the tooth, which can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, damage to implants or other dental work, and even tooth loss, so it’s critical to address your bruxism right away. 

How do you treat bruxism?

Most dentists agree: the simplest way to protect your teeth is to wear a bruxism appliance. They’re called many different things, and you might hear them referred to as an occlusal guard, grinding guard, or mouthguard for bruxism. A bruxism mouth guard prevents your teeth from grinding against one another. This reduces the pressure on your teeth, which protects your enamel and dental work from wear. Wearing a mouthguard for bruxism also helps your jaw to rest in a more natural position as you sleep, allowing your temporomandibular joint to relax and recover.

A dentist may also recommend that you engage in other therapeutic activities to address your bruxism. For example, if your bruxism flares up during times of high stress, you might benefit from learning relaxation techniques to reduce the intensity of your daytime bruxism in addition to wearing a bruxism mouthguard at night.

It’s important to consult with a dentist to make sure there are no other possible causes of your bruxism. Always tell a dentist about all of your symptoms, no matter how unrelated they may seem, as underlying conditions must be treated as well. For example, TMJ and bruxism have a very close relationship, and bruxism can be a cause of - or be caused by - TMJ. However, no matter what the cause of your bruxism may be, its painful symptoms can typically be reduced with a mouthguard from CustMbite.

The advantage of choosing a CustMbite night guard for bruxism

At CustMbite, our goal is to bridge the gap between expensive bruxism mouthguards from a dentist and the subpar over-the-counter options on the market:

Dentist's Office Other OTC CustMbite
Cost Hundreds of dollars Lost cost, low quality $50
Delivery 2+ visits for fittings and pickup Trip to pharmacy Delivered to your home
Cleaning Requires soaking solution Absorbs odors and bacteria Nonporous. Just toss it in the dishwasher
Reusability One mouthpiece - no refunds One mouthguard - no remolds One endlessly remoldable mouthguard

We worked with dentistry experts to develop a revolutionary fitting material called VistaMaxx that provides shock absorption without bulk. No more thick, ill-fitting mouthguards - CustMbite mouthguards are thin, so you can breathe easily, speak clearly, and drink spill-free while wearing your custom-fit bruxism mouthguard. 

Effective pain management for bruxism

If you’re tired of waking up with sore teeth, an aching jaw, and a bruxism headache, try a CustMbite night guard. Wearing a mouthguard to prevent sleep-related bruxism can help you wake up more refreshed from the very first night you wear one. Our mouthguards are easy to incorporate into your bedtime routine and so comfortable, you’ll really like wearing it every night. CustMbite mouthguards can help reduce the effects that bruxism has on not only your dental health but also your overall well-being. When you’re ready to experience the difference that a quality mouthguard from CustMbite can make, get the best mouth guard for bruxism here

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