Over time, even a substance as tough as tooth enamel can start to show signs of wear and tear. Is this problem starting to affect your smile? If you have noticed a change in the shape of your teeth, if your smile is starting to appear dull or unhealthy, or if you have any issues with chipping or cracking, you could be experiencing the negative effects of wear and tear. While some change to your teeth can be natural with aging, you should feel comfortable discussing your concerns with your dentist. At our Seattle, WA dental practice, we have worked with many people worried about dental wear and tear. We can examine your teeth and determine how can provide cosmetic smile improvements, and address any oral health concerns related to the problem.
What Causes Dental Wear And Tear?
Dental wear and tear can occur naturally over time because our teeth are frequently being used to bite and chew food. The friction caused by biting and chewing can wear down enamel, and eventually lead to noticeable changes. With that said, some problems can make people more susceptible to the effects of friction, or lead to more significant wear and tear. For example, if you frequently grind your teeth, the resulting pressure can negatively affect your enamel. Eating a diet that is high in sugar, or frequently enjoying acidic foods and drinks, can weaken your enamel over time and make your teeth more vulnerable to damage.
Identifying A Procedure That Can Improve Your Smile
Our practice provides multiple treatment options for people who are bothered by the shape or condition of teeth. If the problems with your smile are only superficial, the placement of porcelain veneers can effectively restore your appearance. Custom veneers can make teeth appear whiter, healthier, and more attractive overall. Bonding and contouring work can also be effective at improving the condition of teeth.
In some cases, wear and tear can leave certain teeth in need of restorative dental work. Fortunately, in these situations we can provide lifelike dental crowns. Crowns offer important functional support, so damaged and vulnerable teeth have protection, and are still able to comfortably absorb biting and chewing pressures.
It is important to address a problem with nightly teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. At first, the problem can cause dental sensitivity, as well as pain in your face and jaw. Eventually, frequent grinding or clenching can cause wear and tear, or even serious chips and cracks in teeth! In order to stop bruxism from doing further damage, we can provide our patients with custom night guards.
Talk To Ballard Neighborhood Dentist About Dental Wear And Tear
At Ballard Neighborhood Dentist, patients who are embarrassed or concerned about dental wear and tear can enjoy access to quality care! Depending on the nature of your damage, we can provide restorative or cosmetic work to renew your confidence in your smile. If you are interested in learning more, please call our Seattle, WA dental practice at 206-789-2555.