Once you address your issues with nightly teeth grinding, you can be free from ongoing concerns about its effect on your smile and oral health. Unfortunately, you can have lingering concerns about the effect this issue, often referred to as bruxism, has had on your enamel already. What can you do if your teeth appear older, less healthy, and generally worn down because of nightly teeth grinding? At our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office, we can provide cosmetic dental work that conservatively changes your appearance to hide these issues. When this work is done, you can be excited to show off a smile that looks more symmetrical, healthier, and more attractive.
Bruxism Can Cause Serious Issues For Your Smile
In the limited time that you let issues with bruxism go untreated, you can experience noticeable enamel wear and tear. Some enamel erosion and general wear can affect people over a period of years – after all, our teeth have to tear through and break down food several times a day! With that said, these changes can make your smile look less attractive, and make you look older, when they become noticeable. We should note that if you keep ignoring the symptoms of bruxism, you can wind up experiencing dental damage so severe that you need restorative dental work!
How Cosmetic Services Restore Worn, Misshapen, And Damaged Teeth
We offer different treatment options for people who want to restore worn, damaged, or misshapen teeth. A conservative tooth bonding and contouring procedure makes positive changes without capping teeth with restorations. Your dentist will contour a tooth to address issues with size or an uneven appearance. The bonding process hides chips and cracks, restores a tooth’s color, and makes positive changes to its shape and size. Porcelain veneers require more preparatory work than this approach, and they require you to have veneers permanently affixed to your teeth. With that said, because veneers provide more durability, they can make preserving your smile easier!
How Can I Make Sure Nightly Teeth Grinding Is No Longer An Issue?
It is important that you effectively address teeth grinding, as future issues with this problem can negatively affect your cosmetic work. Your dentist can supply you with a custom oral appliance that you wear while sleeping. When in place, this guard will keep your teeth apart, stopping you from doing more damage to your smile.
Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Improving Your Smile!
Your Ankeny, IA dentist is ready to help you if you are concerned about the effects of bruxism on your smile and oral health. If you have questions about this issue, or if you are ready to discuss treatment to address damage that has already occurred, contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.