In less time than you might expect, a habit of grinding your teeth can create real problems for your smile. The wear and tear from grinding can be severe enough to change the shapes of teeth, and it may even leave you with chipped or cracked enamel! By responding to signs of bruxism in time, you can protect yourself from potentially serious dental damage. However, if you already have issues with wear and tear that make your smile look older, less even, or generally less attractive, you can explore the benefits of cosmetic dentistry at Sunny Smiles! Our practice provides multiple treatment options for patients who want to address dental damage, including the damage done by gradual wear and tear.
Problems With Bruxism Can Change Your Smile
When people struggle with bruxism, they often have a difficult time stopping their teeth grinding habit from hurting their smile. At night, you may be clenching or grinding while you are at rest, which can lead to worsening wear and tear on your teeth that can hurt your appearance. In time, the damage can become so serious that restorative dental work is required! By bringing your concerns up with your dentist, or having issues with wear and tear identified during a routine dental exam, plans can be put in place to resolve the problems affecting you.
Addressing Visible Wear And Tear On Teeth
Visible wear and tear on your teeth can age your smile, make it looks less healthy, and create conspicuous problems with your appearance that are difficult to keep hidden. Fortunately, there are cosmetic services that can effectively hide damage to your smile so that you no longer have to worry about its effect on the way you look. With porcelain veneers, we can make significant improvements to your appearance while making minor changes to your tooth structure. Our tooth bonding and contouring services can actually lead to positive changes without the need to place restorations on teeth. If a tooth is damaged badly enough to affect its health or ability to absorb bite pressure, we can recommend having a dental crown put in place to support it.
Make Sure Your Teeth Are Properly Protected From Nighttime Grinding
If you want to make sure your teeth remain safe while you are asleep, you can talk to your dentist about using a custom mouth guard to keep your smile safe. The guard will be designed to comfortably separate your upper and lower teeth so that no grinding can take place during the night. With this appliance, you can protect your enamel and preserve your efforts to improve your smile after developing a problem with grinding.
Sunny Smiles Can Help You Improve Your Smile!
Sunny Smiles is prepared to help patients who have grown concerned about the effects of teeth grinding on their appearance and oral health. To find out more about how we can help you, call our dental office on Dyer Street in El Paso, TX at 915-859-7000.