“Should I be wearing a night guard to protect my veneers?”
Why it’s worth it to protect your smile after such a big investment:
Jenny saved and saved for her new veneers on her front teeth. It was a dream come true for her. No more smiling with slight pursed lips. Prior to the veneers, she had what she aptly referred to as “rabbit teeth”. Her lateral incisors (the two teeth on either side of the two front teeth) were shorter than her central incisors (the two front teeth). She cried at the dental office when she saw her new smile for the first time. Holding the small mirror in front of her face, she couldn’t believe the smile transformation.
But there was trouble with her new smile. After a few nights with her new teeth she woke up to a chipped lateral incisor. She went to the dentist and he fixed it. Two weeks later, it chipped again. Another trip to the dentist. Jenny’s problem is extremely common after cosmetic work. Her bite and grinding habits prior to getting the new veneers are now dangerous to the new teeth. The solution is to wear a night guard.
Wearing a soft dental night guard will protect your teeth from direct contact with each other. The soft padding provides a much needed barrier between the two destructive surfaces. If you have received veneers on both the upper and lower teeth, it may be necessary to wear soft night guards on both teeth arches. These are not bulky. Here at Sentinel Mouth Guards, we sell thin 1mm soft dental night guards for both the upper and lower teeth for less than $200/set. This is a smart investment to protect your new expensive veneers.
Dentists sometimes don’t always tell you the downside of new veneers. Look, there is a golden rule that I think everyone should be aware of. It is this: THERE IS NOTHING THAT IS BETTER THAN YOUR NATURAL, HEALTHY TEETH.
Take dentures for example. Your dentures are not going to feel like your real teeth. Ever. You just eventually get used to them and forget what your real teeth felt like.
Your new veneers are going to take some getting used to. Do you know what the teeth look like under veneers? It ain’t pretty. Sometimes dentists conveniently forget to tell you that food can get up under the veneer and overtime your little nub of a tooth can start to decay and years later when the dentist pops that veneer off, the room fills with an odor of decay. That is what often lies under those beautiful, new veneers.
You know what else can happen to veneers? They can chip and break.
Sometimes it feels like one thing after another. For most people, getting new veneers is a huge expense and one that took a lot of time and diligence to save the money for. The reality is simple. Any cosmetic dentistry work is just downright expensive.
So when your dentist tells you that (on top of the thousands of dollars you just laid down for your dream teeth) you now need to wear a night guard to protect those new pearly whites, it can be quite a blow. You might even be wondering if you REALLY need the night guard.
The Short Answer-
Most dentists strongly recommend the use of a night guard after veneers. The reasons are obvious. If you crack or chip your new porcelain teeth it’s going to be an expensive fix. Also, the new veneers will create a new and unusual bite. This new bite can actually cause you to start involuntarily grinding your teeth together.
We’re here to let you in on a little secret:
The good news is, this protective night guard does not have to cost you another $500, $600 or $700+
A lot of people are unaware that they can purchase a custom made night guard for around $100 online. These are the same exact custom night guards made in dental offices. The only difference is, you take your own dental impression and your custom fit night guard is made in a dental lab specializing in night guard & mouth guard fabrication.
What is the best type of night guard to protect my veneers?
Here’s another secret: A soft night guard (generally the least expensive type) should be just fine for you (given that you do not have any severe grinding or clenching issues and/or any teeth alignment issues).
If you have had a decent amount of dental work done you have probably had a dental impression taken a time or two.
You should know that a dental assistant takes most dental impression all by his/her self. If a dental assistant can take a cast of your teeth, guess what! So can you.
Here at Sentinel Mouth Guards, we strive to provide the best and most up-to-date information available.
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