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What is a night guard and who should wear one?

Do you grind your teeth at night? Or even suffer with headaches and jaw tension from clenching your teeth when you are stressed? If the answer is yes, a dental night guard may be a solution for you.

Read on for more.

Why a night guard?

At Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we configure custom night guards for patients who grind teeth or suffer with bruxism – which is a medical term for teeth clenching and grinding.

A night guard can help protect teeth from wear and tear caused by frequent teeth grinding and it can also provide relief from jaw pain that occurs as a result of grinding teeth.

In time, those who clench or grind teeth can experience damage to tooth structure and tooth enamel, which can in turn lead to tooth sensitivity and even decay. Not to mention it can cause sleep disturbances and frequent headaches and pain in the jaw and neck.

Certain remedies like limiting caffeine and quitting smoking can help reduce teeth clenching and grinding, but for many, a custom night guard is the best solution.

A night guard from Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is custom designed to make sure your jaw stays properly aligned while sleeping. Because it is custom to your mouth, it will stay in place and feel comfortable while wearing, unlike over-the-counter mouth guards.

The protective device fits over top of your teeth and gums and is made of durable plastic. Simply wear the guard while you sleep to reap the benefits and reduce the pain caused by teeth clenching and grinding.

Not sure if you would benefit from a night guard? A consultation with us can determine if you are a good candidate.

Every dental treatment – all in one place

People and families of metro Detroit have been choosing Birmingham Center for Cosmetic Dentistry for years and years because of Dr. Milan’s leadership. Offering only the latest and greatest treatments and techniques, or full suite of dental procedures provide quick and efficient results that far exceed expectations.

If you are searching for a custom night guard or have any dental issue at all that needs addressing, we are here for you! Call us today to schedule your visit. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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