What is TMJ Disorder and How Do I Treat It?
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder occurs when your TMJ is out of alignment. This can happen if you are dealt a blow to the head or face, if you have arthritis, or if you have habits like gum chewing or bruxism (teeth grinding). TMJ disorder causes many painful symptoms that include pain and stiffness of the jaw. Some of the worst cases make it difficult to open or close your jaw. Often, TMJ disorder announces itself with a popping or grinding noise you hear when moving your jaw up and down, such as when you’re eating, talking, or yawning. There are a number of options to address these symptoms, but we believe the best product on the market is the CustMbite Nightguard.
Continue reading to learn about other TMJ devices and why the best choice for you, if you have TMJ disorder, is the CustMbite Nightguard.
Types of TMJ Disorder Devices Available
- Cervical spine alignment pillows. These pillows come in all kinds of interesting shapes. They’re designed to fit under your neck in such a way that when you lay on your back, your spine is aligned so that your jaw also aligns. The problem with this method is that your jaw is not connected to your spine, and no matter how well your spine is aligned, it doesn’t affect your jaw. Some of the TMJ pillows are shaped so that your neck wraps around them, which can help alleviate some of the pain caused by TMJ disorder. However, it doesn’t prevent teeth grinding or clenching during sleep. It also doesn’t help people who sleep on their side or their stomach.
- Topical pain relief solutions. Topical solutions work similarly to the type of balms you would put on other muscle aches and pains. The result is basically the same as if you put ice on your jaw—it can mitigate the pain, but again, doesn’t do anything to stop the harmful teeth grinding and clenching that can cause serious problems when you have TMJ disorder.
- Cloth chin strap. The theory behind the cloth chin strap is that it holds your jaw in vertical alignment instead of allowing it to slip horizontally. They are supposed to prevent you from clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep. They may or may not work for people who sleep still all night and don’t move, but if you’re someone who tosses and turns, it’s likely that it will fall off at some point during the night—and then it’s not useful at all.
- Ice pack chin strap. A chin strap that can hold ice or heated liquid is a device made for pain relief. It may work very well, but as with other devices made for TMJ disorder pain relief, it doesn’t get at the main symptom of clenching and grinding teeth during the night.
- TMJ splints. TMJ splints are like partial nightguards in that they cover just the posterior teeth. They can be helpful when you want to avoid clenching or grinding your teeth during the day or night, but they’re not as good at night as a custom-fit sleep nightguard.
- Jaw exercise device. This device helps to strengthen face and jaw muscles, which can be helpful for those with TMJ disorder. It may also help to reduce physical and mental stress, as can many types of exercise. It’s also a recommended device to use if you have had TMJ surgery. While it may be a helpful device for you to use if you have TMJ disorder, it’s not going to help prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep, which is often essential to reducing the harmful effects of TMJ disorder.
- Custom-fit nightguards. Custom-fit nightguards, like the CustMbite Nightguard, are the go-to solution of most dental professionals for those who suffer from TMJ disorder or bruxism. Since bruxism can lead to TMJ disorder, using the nightguard could help keep you from developing the full-blown disorder in the first place.
How can the CustMbite Nightguard help me deal with TMJ disorder?
The CustMbite Nightguard was developed with the help of dental professionals and is made of our patented VistaMaxx material. This material is thin enough to make wearing the nightguard comfortable and tough enough to stand up to the pressure of clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep, no matter how much you move around or which side you sleep on.
Another unique feature of our nightguard is that it is custom-fit to your teeth. When you first receive it, you will take just a couple of minutes to mold it to your teeth. Full instructions are included with each CustMbite Nightguard. This helps keep it comfortable and also helps keep the nightguard in your mouth all night. You can even wear it if you have braces and remold it as your teeth move.
Where can I get a CustMbite Nightguard?
If you’re looking for an effective and affordable way to alleviate symptoms of TMJ disorder during sleep, CustMbite Nightguard is the product for you. Order the doctor’s number one choice for TMJ disorder treatment online today and see the difference CustMbite can make!
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.