The Temporomandibular Joints, or TMJs for short, are complex joints for opening and closing the jaws. Many times, pain is due to clenching or grinding and muscle soreness. Mouth guards can reduce the effects of TMJ disorders. A personalized bite guard is an option for these patients.

A bite guard can be made for the top or the bottom jaw, but often the top jaw is more common. You can wear this type of mouth guard any time, day or night. Because most people grind or clench their teeth at night while sleeping, it’s common to wear them at night.

A custom-made bite guard is designed to fit your teeth, so they tend to be more comfortable than store-bought bite guards. They last longer compared to a store-bought mouth guard, and you can wear them with or without a CPAP machine if you have sleep apnea also.


If you need a custom bite guard, we will start by taking dental impressions. Next, we’ll send your impressions to our lab where a technician will make you a personalized bite guard for the anatomy of your teeth. When worn regularly, it helps to protect your teeth, muscles, and joints.

Often it is recommended to wear a bite guard when clenching or grinding is at its peak, whether that is day or night.

  • Avoids wear and tear on the teeth from clenching or grinding
  • Prevents chipped or fractured teeth
  • Helps relieve jaw pain or muscle soreness
  • Protects the TMJs
  • Prevents headaches, facial pain and other symptoms of TMJ disorder

It can take some time to get used to wearing or sleeping with your bite guard. If you purchase an OTC guard that doesn’t fit quite right, it can cause soreness in your teeth, gums or jaws. Typically, custom-made bite guards are more comfortable than store-bought ones. If it feels too tight or like the bite is wrong, your dentist can check it and make necessary adjustments.

Depending on how frequently you wear it and how well it is cared for, a custom-made bite guard can last several years. However, you may want to replace it sooner if you are a heavy grinder. Remember to bring your bite guard with you when you get dental treatment so your dentist can make any necessary adjustments.

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly before putting a bite guard in your mouth.
  • Be sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush with water to clean your bite guard after wearing it, then allow it to air dry.
  • Keep your bite guard in a vented, plastic case when not in use.
  • Store it out of reach of dogs and other pets.
  • Don’t expose your bite guard to extreme heat, such as direct sunlight or hot water, which can cause it to warp and change shape.