Tips for Preventing Migraines

People don't just "have" migraines; they suffer from them. Migraines, intense headaches that may be brought on by a number of factors, cause sometimes debilitating symptoms that may include:

  • Intense throbbing in the head and temples

  • Unrelenting pain on one or both sides of the head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Light-headedness or dizziness

  • Visual disturbances such as blurry vision or blind spots

  • Fluid retention

  • Numbness

Any person may face a migraine at some point in his or her life; but some are at a higher risk for these headaches. Most migraine sufferers fall between the ages of 15 and 55. Women are more prone to the condition than men; and those with a family history of migraines have a significantly higher likelihood of also having them.

One of the most effective ways to prevent a migraine is to avoid triggers that bring them on. There are many triggers, both dietary and environmental. Each person is different and will learn his or her specific triggers to avoid. Some of the most common include:

  • Bright fluorescent lights

  • Bright sunlight

  • Intense physical activity

  • Tobacco smoke and other strong or unusual odors, including chemicals

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Changes in weather, to include temperature and altitude

  • Loud noises

  • Hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy or aging

  • Missing meals

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Caffeine

  • Food additives such as nitrates, found in many packaged foods and meats

  • Yeast containing foods, such as breads and doughnuts

  • Chocolate

Most people tend to pay attention to these and other more obvious triggers when trying to avoid migraines. What you may not know is that these and even more subtle headaches may come from what's going on in your mouth.

When the upper and lower jaw don't fit together as they should, tension develops in the jaw and muscles surrounding the face, neck and head. In approaching migraine prevention in Worcester, Dr. Levenson has also seen higher incidence of headaches in patients who grind their teeth during sleep, as the excess bite pressure leads to tension in addition to dental wear.

If you are already avoiding all the triggers that lead you to seek shelter in a cold dark room, perhaps it's time to also consult with Dr. Levenson to see if your teeth are playing a role in encouraging the very condition you wish to prevent.

Possible headache treatments in Worcester that a dentist can address

Headaches are caused by more than just stress. Although many of us think of headaches and migraines as a condition best addressed by our general physician, many are unaware that a dentist such as Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, can help with headache treatments in Worcester.

There are many types of headaches and most doctors will classify them into one of these common categories: tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. Millions of Americans deal with headaches and the best way to find successful headache treatments is by understanding the cause of the headaches. A proper diagnosis will help a doctor develop an effective solution to the problem.

Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile, is a dentist that can help patients who are dealing with headaches caused by dental problems. Whether it is malocclusion, bruxism, or sleep apnea, there may be a dental connection to a patient’s constant, daily headaches.

Several headache treatments in Worcester are provided by Dr. Levenson, including:


Patients who are dealing with malocclusion (misaligned bite) can undergo orthodontic treatment to realign the teeth so that the upper arch and lower arch fit together properly when biting and chewing. 

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards can be made to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching when a patient sleeps. This can reduce tension headaches that can cause pain in the jaw, neck, face, and even the shoulders.

Oral Appliances

Patients who are experiencing headaches from lack of sleep, and who have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, may benefit greatly from an oral appliance. These are custom made to help keep the airways open and hold the tongue down to eliminate the symptoms and problems associated with sleep apnea. 

Thanks to these dental treatments, patients may not have to use medication every day to relieve pain and tension. By addressing the underlying issue, patients can experience headache-free days by seeing their dentist. 

If you have been experiencing tension headaches, migraines, or cluster headaches, you may find relief by visiting Dr. Levenson, of Levenson Smile. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation appointment and find out if Dr. Levenson and his team of professionals can diagnose your condition and find a way to address it through oral appliances or dental treatments.

Standard, no-prep veneers in Worcester are designed for many patients' teeth

Veneers for Teeth in Worcester presents a versatile way to reveal an unforgettable smile. These thin yet strong dental materials may be used to improve the appearance of everything from stubborn discoloration to gaps.

Dr. Levenson understands the uniqueness of each patient’s smile, preferences, and goals for treatment. He may suggest DURAthin®, a “no-prep” alternative to the conventional veneers that require the removal of natural enamel.



Not every dentist in Worcester is certified to provide DURAthin® veneers. Dr. Levenson has the training to offer this advanced technique. Thanks to modern materials and approaches, standard veneers require very little removal of the enamel covering that protects your teeth. However, DURAthin® is often compared to a contact lens; designed by a dentist and lab technician, these veneers are so thin that no grinding or shaving of your teeth is necessary! Your tooth structure stays intact.

Since a reduction of the enamel is involved, standard veneers are an irreversible procedure. DURAthin® doesn’t alter the natural tooth, so it is considered a reversible procedure should you opt to have the veneers removed later.



As a technique-specific procedure, the final appearance of your veneered teeth depends on the doctor’s skill. The DURAthin® certified dentist Dr. Levenson creates a smile that looks naturally beautiful, and doesn’t appear bulky or fake. DURAthin® veneers are artistically-shaped and the porcelain is layered in such a way that it is indiscernible in looks, feel, and function from natural, healthy teeth.

DURAthin® may be particularly attractive for patients with narrow smiles, small teeth, or who are concerned about tooth sensitivity associated with tooth reduction. No one type of veneer or type of procedure is suitable for every patient. Call 855-849-8255 today to schedule a DURAthin® consultation.

What you need to know about dental veneers from your Worcester, MA dentist

It is no secret that porcelain veneer treatment can do a lot for the appearance of teeth. As such, it elevates your smile to a whole new level. If you are considering seeking cosmetic improvement with dental veneers from Dr. Levenson in Worcester, MA, there are a few key points that you will want to know as you seek a beautiful new smile.

  • Dental veneers may be permanent or semi-permanent. This depends on the type of veneer you choose. Dr. Levenson understands that not every patient is ready to commit to a lifetime of maintenance, so he has completed training in DURAthin no-prep veneers that do not alter natural tooth structure.

  • Even if you choose permanent veneers, their life span is usually about 20 years. The better you take care of your teeth and your veneers, the longer they can last.

  • Care must be taken when you eat. When you have veneers on your front teeth, you are better off cutting up that apple than biting into it. Small changes in the way you eat will extend the time your veneers last. While the bond between tooth and veneer is strong, the act of biting and twisting places stress on this bond, and can weaken it.

  • Sensitive teeth may love veneers! Many patients who complain of tooth sensitivity notice that their attractive tooth covers act as a barrier to outside elements that previously caused discomfort.

  • Changing your teeth will change your face. Most people have a slight idea that their face will change when they enhance the characteristics of a tooth or teeth. What is not readily known is that, depending on the number of veneers that are placed, the shape of the face may change. This can be a wonderful side effect that recreates a more youthful appearance overall! To achieve the best results, Dr. Levenson considers the entire facial structure when designing veneers.

Dental veneers are an excellent way to reinvent your smile quickly. Learn more about our process when you call (855) 849-8255. 

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