A customized night guard is an effective way to prevent damage to your teeth, TMJ (jaw joints), and muscles. Other benefits may include reduced frequency and intensity of headaches. A night guard is a custom-fitted device that is worn similarly to a retainer while you sleep. Think of it as a “helmet for your teeth.”
Many “migraine” headaches may be related to clenching at night. Some of Dr. Barr’s patients have had a remarkable reduction of migraine headaches by wearing a night guard. Ask him to tell you some of the remarkable patient stories!
A misaligned bite can cause damage and discomfort, as well. Treatment almost always begins (and often ends) with a night guard. But it may include selective reshaping of the biting surfaces, restorative treatment, orthodontics, or a combination of these.