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Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, is a common problem. While it can occur at any time, it is most common at night, and can cause significant damage to your teeth and supporting structures. Dr. Alfred Haeberer provides occlusal guards to help protect your teeth from being damaged further and begin the process of restoring your oral health and smile.

When untreated, teeth grinding can cause many oral health problems that affect your smile, oral health and quality of life. Some of the most common problems caused by bruxism are:

  • Broken and chipped teeth
  • Flattened or excessively worn teeth
  • Broken dentures or other oral appliances
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches and ear ringing
  • Sore jaw joints (leading or contributing to TMJ disorders)
  • Tension and pain in the head, neck and shoulder muscles
  • Pain and tightness in the jaw muscles

One of the most common treatments for bruxism are occlusal guards, also known as night guards. An occlusal guard is a customized oral appliance, and works to prevent your teeth from touching and grinding while asleep. This allows you to sleep peacefully and protects your teeth from sustaining further damage. After the damage has been halted, our dentist can work with you to develop a treatment plan to repair and restore your teeth back to full function and beauty.

Dr. Haeberer also provides sports guards to protect your mouth, teeth and smile while you play a sport or participate in another recreational activity. Sports guards are a special type of mouth guard, and are custom-designed to fit your smile to provide optimal protect and prevent damage to your oral structures. They also reduce the likelihood of jaw and neck injuries and work to keep your airways open so that you can breathe easily while you play.

We invite you to call Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at 703-433-2155 to schedule your consultation and learn more about occlusal guards in Sterling, Virginia. We are committed to providing quality care that will help you enjoy a healthy smile.