Night Guard After Cosmetic Dentistry

I am having eight Lumineers placed on my front teeth in a week and my dentist is recommending I have a night guard made to protect the Lumineers while I sleep. The Lumineers  are costing me thousands of dollars and I want to know if it’s really necessary to purchase a night guard as well.

Thanks, Lorna

Dear Lorna,

Having cosmetic dentistry is quite expensive, however your smile will look stunning. Night guards are commonly recommended especially if one is having cosmetic dentistry like Lumineers, dental veneers, or porcelain crowns. Even though these cosmetic restorative treatments are strong and durable they can still chip. With your new Lumineers your bite may feel a little different at first which can cause you to grind or clench your teeth at night while you sleep. This can cause damage to your new dental work. Lumineers and other brands of porcelain veneers have the chance of falling off let alone break if one is constantly grinding their teeth at night. Your dentist may also have noticed damage on your teeth from grinding and clenching already. Many patients aren’t even aware they are doing it unless they are having pain in the jaw joints and headaches/earaches upon awakening.

A night guard will run you several hundred dollars however a great investment to protect the thousands of dollars you’re going to be spending on your teeth. The night guard will protect your new Lumineers as well as your other teeth from getting damaged, prevent gum recession, and retain your Lumineers in their correct position.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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