The miniComfort® restores canine disclusion and disrupts the habit of parafuctional activity through a process of biofeedback.
The miniComfort® is based upon the longstanding principles of canine protection and disclusion. The maxillary canines are strategically employed because of their unique root and hence having been distinguished years ago as the “cornerstone” of the human dental apparatus. Undoubtedly the canine’s root has unique cross-sectional dimensions, suitable for forces that both a molar or anterior tooth would encounter. With that strength and position the canine has protected dentitions for many years. However, when it loses its discluding ability from wear, it can no longer prevent other tooth wear.
The miniComfort® is 100% soft inside and out, biocompatible and extremely patient friendly. It restores canine disclusion and disrupts the habit of parafuctional activity. It has no posterior contact to incite muscles of closure hyperactivity. The miniComfort® provides no hard acrylic for opposing teeth to habitually grind or brace upon. There is purposely no interface for opposing teeth to interact with. The miniComfort® allows activity much like chewing food or gum. Hence there is no pattern for muscles to be familiar with. Ideally, as the mandible closes in the maximum intercuspation position (MIP) or centric occlusion (CO) or centric relation (CR) the muscles respond with less memorized, habitual contact, avoiding muscle over activity and stress. Ideally the discluding elements will contact the mandibular teeth approximately at the same instance, it is not imperative they do so. For daytime wear the miniComfort® provides protection and a means of enhancing awareness of any day time clenching. Patients may utilize this awareness as a form of biofeedback to attenuate or eliminate the extremely harmful and unnatural habit of day time bracing.