Smile improvement is something that most of us consider at some point in our lives. With today’s advanced techniques and dental technologies, more people can enjoy that improvement. However, some things can affect your smile’s appearance without you realizing it, or can impact the success of your cosmetic dental treatment. For instance, if you have bruxism, then the constant teeth-grinding may be the reason why your tooth is chipped or worn down. It can also be a hindrance to improving your smile, since grinding your teeth could damage or dislodge your cosmetic enhancement.
The Problem of Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition that involves consistently grinding your teeth together. Typically, you can stop yourself from grinding your teeth when you catch yourself doing it. If you have bruxism, however, then you may grind your teeth incessantly while you sleep and are unable to catch yourself. You might also do it so often throughout the day that you don’t always realize it. The problem is that your bite generates an incredible amount of force. When you aren’t regulating that force and if there’s no food between your teeth, then the intense grinding and friction can wear down and damage your natural tooth structure.
Protecting Your Improved Smile
Chipped and worn down edges are frequent causes of tooth grinding, and in many cases, cosmetic treatment (such as tooth bonding or porcelain veneers) can quickly and effectively address such issues. Yet, when you grind your teeth constantly, then you can end up damaging your bonding or veneer, making the problem even worse. If you have bruxism, then your dentist will recommend addressing it first before receiving cosmetic treatment to ensure that your new smile stays improved.
Don’t Let Bruxism Interrupt Your Smile Improvement
Improving your smile is simple, but if you have bruxism, then addressing the problem will be a necessary first step to ensure the success of your cosmetic treatment. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.