Worn-down teeth can be caused by many things, and they can affect the way your smile looks, the sensitivity of your teeth and more. At Painfree Dentistry, we can give you guidance and high-quality dental care to fix worn-down teeth.
Worn teeth happen when your enamel wears away. The loss of enamel can cause sensitive teeth that are more likely to suffer from decay. In some cases, a dental crown may be needed to save a damaged tooth.
Dr Elie Alam can fabricate dental veneers for worn-down teeth. Veneers are wafer-thin sheets that we bond to the front surface of your tooth to cover minor smile flaws like stubby teeth, gaps between teeth, yellow or brown staining, gummy smiles, mild misalignment and more.
How Do Our Teeth Get Worn?
Several things can cause worn down teeth.
The important thing you should know is that it is not your fault and it can be fixed. Here are some of the common issues that cause tooth wear:
Attrition is the name of the gradual loss of enamel through wear and tear. This can occur in normal daily things, including speaking and eating.
This is only a small way in which enamel can be worn down. Bruxism (teeth grinding) causes more extreme cases. Patients are usually unaware of teeth grinding because it often happens during sleep.
Abrasion is what happens when an object wears away the enamel. The most common causes of abrasion include:
Brushing – A toothbrush that is too hard or too long can wear down the enamel.
Oral Jewelry – Piercings such as lip or tongue piercings can wear down the enamel.
Daily Life – Everyday habits like biting fingernails and chewing on pens can cause enamel wear.
Erosion occurs when teeth are exposed to acids, like citric acid. Citric acid is present in citrus fruits like lemons and limes, some soft drinks and juices, some candies, teas and coffee. Most of the time, this doesn’t cause a problem; however, if the teeth are repeatedly exposed to high levels, it can cause wear in the teeth.
Here are some common habits to avoid:
- Eating sour candies regularly - candy contains sugar and often citric acid
- Drinking several cups of tea or coffee daily
- Drinking soft drinks, even the diet ones
- Consuming citric fruits like lemons and limes
We are not saying you can’t have these, but try and cut back. If you do eat or drink these, then rinse your mouth with water afterward to reduce the amount of time the acid sits on your teeth.
Worn teeth and their effects can be fixed. At Painfree Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatments and guidance on how to keep your mouth healthy.