Treating TMJ Disorder with a Mouthguard

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Treating TMJ Disorder with a Mouthguard

Mouthguards for TMJ: An effective and affordable alternative to TMJ surgery

For millions of people, painful symptoms of TMJ are part of everyday life. Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, affects the muscles and nerves of the jaw. Unlike other joints, the jaw moves back and forth as well as up and down. In a healthy temporomandibular joint, the muscles, joints, and ligaments work harmoniously as you open and close your mouth. However, even a minor misalignment can trigger discomfort throughout your head and neck. Wearing a CustMbite mouthguard for TMJ is an easy and effective method to alleviate the pain of your TMJ. Read on to learn more about TMJ and the advantages of wearing a thin, comfortable, custom-fit mouthguard for TMJ from CustMbite.

Do TMJ mouth guards really work? 

Wearing a mouthguard for TMJ is one of the quickest ways to reduce the effects your TMJ symptoms have on your everyday life. This is especially true if you have bruxism (teeth clenching). Bruxism can cause pain in the muscles of your jaw, loose or cracked teeth, and exacerbate wear on the discs and bones of the TMJ. When you wear a TMJ mouthguard, it provides a cushion for your jaw and teeth, relieving some of the pressure.

While bruxism is most often thought of as something that happens overnight, a TMJ specialist may also recommend that you wear one during the day. For example, if you grind your teeth when you are anxious or clench when you lift weights, wearing a mouthguard can reduce the strain on your TMJ.

Key features to look for in a mouth guard for TMJ

If your doctor or dentist has recommended that you use a night guard for TMJ, you might be hesitant at first. That’s understandable! When most people think of mouthguards, they think of mouthguards as bulky and uncomfortable. It can be inconvenient and expensive too. A custom TMJ mouth guard made by a dentist can require multiple trips to the office, and they can cost hundreds of dollars. And let’s face it: they can get gross.

At CustMbite, we collaborated with dental professionals to design the best at-home TMJ mouthguard that’s accessible to everyone. We developed a patented fitting material called VistaMaxx to create a FDA-cleared TMJ mouthguard that solves the problems of other mouthguards. This thin, easy-to-clean material makes CustMbite mouthguards for TMJ:

  • Easy to mold (and remold!): While some TMJ mouthguards require you to boil water to mold a new guard, CustMbite doesn’t. With just two minutes of your time and a microwave, you can get a custom-fit mouth guard for TMJ.

If you need to adjust the fit of your guard (to accommodate adjustments to braces or dental work), you can. VistaMaxx allows you to remold your TMJ mouthguard as necessary without reducing the mouthguard’s efficacy. 

  • Comfortable: Our mouthguards for TMJ are thin enough to wear comfortably all night long. VistaMaxx provides superior shock protection without relying on bulk. CustMbite guards are easy to wear while speaking, drinking, and breathing, so they’re more likely to stay in your mouth (and not on your nightstand).
  • Hygenic: VistaMaxx is nonporous and resistant to bacteria, so it’s easy to keep clean. CustMbite TMJ mouthguards require no special soaking solutions or time-consuming care routines. Simply rinse off your guard with cold water or toss it right into the dishwasher - it couldn’t be quicker.

What is the best way to relieve the symptoms of TMJ?

When it comes to treating TMJ, most patients are better off starting with less invasive methods, like practicing relaxation techniques, seeing a chiropractor, and wearing a TMJ mouth guard from CustMbite. Surgery should be used only as a last resort, as TMJ surgeries are painful and followed by long recovery periods. TMJ surgery is also risky. There’s no guarantee it will work, and there’s a chance it could make your TMJ even worse.

Nonsurgical options like TMJ exercises and wearing a mouthguard for TMJ are two simple things you can do to protect your bite and gain mobility and strength in your jaw. But no matter what course of treatment you and your dentist decide on, it’s vital to be consistent to get the best results. If you choose to incorporate a TMJ mouthguard into your routine, it’s critical that your guard is comfortable enough to wear for hours. At CustMbite, we offer TMJ mouth guards that are so thin, you’ll feel like you’re not wearing one at all. Our mouthguards are designed to provide you with the ultimate in comfort and protection.

TMJ mouthguards: a simple, effective way to decrease TMJ pain

Of the millions of people who experience the symptoms of TMJD, only 15 percent will eventually be diagnosed with chronic TMJD. In fact, the majority of people who suffer from TMJ discomfort won’t need TMJ surgery at all. A significant reduction in TMJ pain has been reported by TMJ patients who choose to incorporate alternative, at-home TMJ treatments such as mouthguards for TMJ. CustMbite offers the most comfortable custom-fit TMJ mouthguard on the market today, and we think you’ll agree. When you’re ready to experience the superior performance and comfort of CustMbite, get your custom-fit mouth guard for TMJ here.

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