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There are two primary conditions that may cause you to need a sleep mouthguard, or nightguard. One is bruxism, which is characterized by grinding, clenching, or gnashing your teeth, usually during sleep. Some people have daytime bruxism, but that can often be solved with behavioral changes because you can control what you do when you’re awake. Some night shift workers have sleeping issues too. At night, you need help. The other condition is TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, in which your TMJ comes out of alignment and causes popping or grinding noises when you chew, yawn, or speak, among other symptoms. If you have bruxism or TMJ disorder, the CustMbite Nightguard was designed to help mitigate the sometimes painful consequences of these conditions.
The exact cause of bruxism is unknown, though there are certain behaviors or traits that are linked with the condition. Excessive stress, anxiety, anger, or frustration can lead to a teeth grinding habit, as can having a personality that is competitive, hyperactive, or aggressive. If you have family members with bruxism, you’re more likely to suffer from it yourself. There are certain medications along with specific mental health and medical disorders that are linked to bruxism, so if you’re concerned that you may have this condition, be sure to talk to your dentist. They are likely to recommend the use of a custom-fit sleep mouthguard. There’s no known cure for bruxism, but the nightguard can keep your teeth from grinding together and reduce the painful consequences.
TMJ disorder can actually be caused by untreated bruxism, but also by arthritis affecting the temporomandibular joint, a blow to the face or jaw, or the erosion of the disk that normally keeps the jaw moving smoothly. The first treatment your dentist or doctor will likely suggest for TMJ disorder is usually a nightguard. If this resolves the symptoms and any pain due to TMJ disorder, further and more serious interventions are probably not necessary. However, there are many other options for TMJ devices as well.
Because tension or anxiety are related to both bruxism and TMJ disorder, it’s a good idea to include a soothing bedtime routine in your treatment plan. Continue reading to learn some good ideas about preparing for a relaxing sleep as well as information on how the CustMbite Nightguard works to alleviate the symptoms of these conditions.
- To start with, go to bed at the same time every night. Your body will learn to automatically start relaxing for sleep at the proper time.
- Avoid using screens, including the TV, computer, phone, or tablet, at least an hour prior to your set bedtime. Instead, use that hour to ease into sleepiness by reading or doing other things that help you shut down your mind at night.
- Have a light snack that has a high melatonin content. This includes grapes, cherries, nuts, strawberries, and oatmeal.
- Take a warm bath or shower. Being clean and refreshed helps you relax for sleep, and the warmth helps you feel more drowsy.
- Listen to soothing music prior to your bedtime.
- Write a to-do list or journal entry. Getting down all the thoughts ricocheting through your mind can help you let them go and relax for sleep.
- Prepare your bedroom by making sure it’s dark, cool, and your bedding is clean and comfortable.
Experts agree that the best nightguard is one that is custom-fit to your teeth. There are two reasons this is beneficial. First, it increases the comfort factor. Second, it helps keep the nightguard in place throughout the entire night. When you receive your CustMbite Nightguard, the first thing you will do is mold it to your teeth. This is easily done and takes only a couple of minutes. Complete instructions are included on how to do this.
That includes special instructions for you if you wear braces. Because bruxism is often present in younger people, the CustMbite Nightguard was designed to be used by those who wear braces. Rather than having to purchase a new sleep mouthguard every time your teeth shift enough to need one, you can just remold the CustMbite Nightguard again and again, until the braces come off for good.
The CustMbite Nightguard is made out of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is soft and flexible enough to be comfortable, yet strong enough to keep your teeth from grinding or clenching night after night. It has been evaluated and cleared by the FDA and is safe to wear, being free of PVC, BPA, phthalates, and latex. It doesn’t absorb saliva or bacteria, so it’s easy to clean with soapy water or CustMbite's All Natural Oral Appliance Cleaner each day as a part of your morning hygiene routine.
The CustMbite Nightguard comes in both regular and petite sizes, so no matter who in your family deals with bruxism or TMJ disorder, we have a nightguard that fits. Each size also comes in your choice of five fun colors. Order the best sleep mouthguard online today and see what a difference it can make to your mornings.