I’ve got a groove worn into one of my front teeth. Other teeth are stained and I’ve never really been happy with my smile. I am thinking about getting Lumineers but wanted to know if it would hold up to the teeth grinding I do at night? Have you had experience with this?
Lumineers will hold up as well as your natural teeth do. That means any grooves or damage you do to your natural teeth can be done to your dental work. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get the smile you want. Your dentist should have addressed your teeth grinding already, the moment he noticed the damage to your teeth.
There is a simple nightguard orthotic you can wear while you are sleeping. This can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Like you, most people experience this at night and are unaware they are even doing it. The damage to your teeth can be substantial. If left unchecked, your teeth would eventually get worn down to little nubs, requiring you to get every tooth crowned. This is a complicated procedure known as a full-mouth reconstruction that can cost upwards of 30-60K.
You can go ahead and get the Lumineers, just make certain your dentist also provides you with a mouthguard as well. Otherwise, your beautiful smile makeover will end up chipped and damaged.
For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with Lumineers, they are a brand of porcelain veneers that can provide changes to the shape, size, and color of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are what people go to for a total smile makeover.
It is recommended you whiten your teeth before doing any dental work, even Lumineers. This is for two reasons. One, unless you cover every visible tooth when you smile (which can get expensive if you have a wide smile), you want the adjacent teeth to blend in.
Two, it isn’t necessary to place veneers on your bottom teeth, but you do want them close in color to your upper teeth so it looks like they belong together. Doing this simple procedure can save you a lot of money. If you are in a rush to get this done, Zoom Whitening will completely whiten your smile in just one appointment, allowing you to get on with your Lumineers.
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