I am planning to get Lumineers done in a few weeks and the dentist told me I need a night guard after the work is done. Is this preventive or is he just trying to up-sell me? I am already pushing my budget to get the work done.
-Shelli in Wisconsin
Cosmetic dentistry can be expensive, but if you love the way you look when it’s complete, you won’t regret it. Night guards are not uncommon when getting Lumineers or other brands of porcelain veneers. In some cases they are also recommended when you get a porcelain crown.
Porcelain restorations are extremely strong, yet they can still chip. So if you grind or clench your teeth or your dentist notices signs of stress on your teeth, a night guard may be recommended. He isn’t necessarily trying to up-sell you, but you can have a discussion about whether it’s a preventative measure in your case or absolutely necessary to protect the investment you are making.
It is inevitable that your bite may feel different after getting the veneers placed. This may also cause you to unknowingly grind or clench you teeth during the night which can damage the work. If the Lumineers endure too much force, they can be prone to breaking or falling off. Another thing you need to be aware of if you are indeed grinding at night is TMJ disorder if you notice pain in your jaw joint.
In the long run, you’re looking at a few hundred dollars for a night guard to protect the thousands you are investing. Don’t be afraid to discuss your individual situation more deeply with your dentist.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD