I have notches on my teeth at the gumline a type of erosion from brushing too hard. I’m thinking of getting porcelain veneers as a means of covering it. As long as I don’t brush too hard, they should be fine, right?
I’m glad you wrote. It’s true that we used to think the kind of erosion of teeth you’re dealing with was caused by brushing too hard. We no longer believe that to be the case.
While it is still believed to wear away your gums, the notches and erosion on your teeth are now believed to be caused by bruxism. This is when you clench and grind your teeth. So, let’s see if I can’t help you with both issues.
Yes, you could get porcelain veneers and it will cover those notches. Whether or not you get a gorgeous smile with those veneers depends on the dentist who creates the smile.
Smile makeovers aren’t taught in dental school. It’s something a dentist will choose to study afterward if they’re interested. Some invest more in time and training than others. Some have an artistic eye and some don’t.
If you want a gorgeous smile, you need to look for an expert cosmetic dentist. Go to the website of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (aacd.com) and do a search for an accredited dentist in a realistic distance from you. AACD accredited dentists are of the highest caliber.
Bruxism and TMJ
Bruxism is biting stress on your teeth. When you grind your teeth or even clench them, it causes stress at the neck of the tooth leading to the problems you currently have, as well as weakening and cracking them. It will also lead to problems with your temporomandibular joint causing TMJ Disorder.
Even if you get porcelain veneers, this will need to be dealt with. You will continue with this habit without realizing it. Most people do it in their sleep. My suggestion is you see a TMJ dentist and get fitted for a nightguard as soon as your porcelain veneers are bonded.
If you’re not getting your smile makeover right away, be sure to get the nightguard now so you don’t do any further damage to your teeth.
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