If you grind or clench your teeth while asleep, Drs. Liang and Liang may recommend a night guard. Your night guard will be custom made to protect your teeth and jaws from the negative effects of teeth grinding. We invite you to contact Liang Orthodontics at 301-637-2189 for more information about our treatment options for teeth grinding in Potomac, Maryland, and to schedule a visit with our orthodontists.
Night guards are special types of mouth guards used to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism, or the grinding and clenching of your teeth. Because bruxism usually occurs while you are asleep, you may not be aware of it.
Common signs of bruxism include:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Aching or tightness in the jaw
- Frequent tension headaches and migraines
- Teeth that are excessively worn, exposing the inner layers of the tooth
- Teeth that are chipped, flattened, or cracked
- Indentations on the side of the tongue
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
When you visit our practice, our orthodontists will examine your teeth for signs of bruxism, and will provide a custom-made night guard to help prevent further damage to your teeth and alleviate any future grinding. We may also recommend other treatments to correct your bite or the alignment of your jaws, or a restorative treatment to return your teeth to full health and function.
To learn more about night guards and bruxism, and to make an appointment at our office, please contact us today.