As we age, teeth can become gradually worn and shortened due to friction from normal use. For some, harmful teeth grinding and clenching, along with damaging habits like nail-biting and chewing on ice, can hasten noticeable dental wear at an earlier age. Worn teeth pose both a structural and aesthetic challenge for many of Dr. Michael Kosdon’s patients who are interested in restoring their smiles. Typically, he suggests either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns as effective solutions for strengthening and lengthening the structure of each tooth and improving the smile’s overall appearance.
As with all cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Kosdon first performs a thorough dental evaluation to determine the extent of wear and assess the overall health and strength of the teeth. He may also analyze the bite and alignment of the teeth to identify any disruptive bite forces that could create a hostile environment for dental restorations. After the examination, Dr. Kosdon can then discuss whether porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, or a combination of procedures would be most suitable for creating a stunning new smile.
Porcelain veneers are usually the most conservative option for restoring worn teeth; however, if teeth are badly damaged, they may not be able to properly support veneers. Furthermore, continued grinding and clenching can damage veneers. Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, can provide far more strength and structural support to the teeth. Both options are custom-made using the highest-quality materials for outstanding esthetics. Whichever treatment plan Dr. Kosdon suggests based on the patient’s unique needs and goals, he will always recommend the use of a bite guard during sleep to protect new restorations from future damage.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosdon.