Bruxism (teeth grinding) can wear down and fracture natural teeth. So if you’re thinking about getting porcelain veneers, there is reason for concern because teeth grinding can fracture veneers.
It’s understandable that you’re interested in porcelain veneers. They are the most natural-looking way to restore teeth that are chipped, discolored, or misaligned. Porcelain mimics the characteristics of natural teeth. But porcelain veneers are costly, and you need to protect your investment in them. So before you ask a dentist for them, there are a few facts to know about veneers and teeth grinding.
1. The Stats
A 2017 study published on the U.S. National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health website reveals the following about porcelain veneers and patients with bruxism:
- Fractures – Fractures in porcelain veneers are more common in patients with bruxism.
- Debonding – There is a higher incidence in the debonding (loosening or falling off) of porcelain veneers for patients who grind their teeth.
- Splints/mouthguards – Mouthguards increase the success of porcelain veneers for patients with bruxism. If you grind your teeth but do not wear a mouthguard, your veneers will be eight times more likely to fracture.
2. What’s Causing Your Teeth Grinding?
Before you receive porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist will try to determine the cause of your teeth grinding. Treatment can include a custom mouthguard to wear at night or relaxation techniques to reduce stress. Some causes of bruxism include:
- Stress or anxiety
- Sleep apnea
- Misalignment (malocclusion)
- Certain medical conditions or prescription medications
3. The Exam
Before you receive porcelain veneers, an examination is required. Why?
- Your teeth and gums will first be examined to determine if they are healthy enough for you to receive porcelain veneers.
- Teeth that are already damaged by bruxism need to be restored.
- Your dentist will need to determine if you need treatment for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
- Exercises might be needed to help you restore proper TMJ function and relieve pain or discomfort from the disorder.
- A custom mouthguard will be recommended to protect your investment in porcelain veneers and prevent fractures.
4. High-Strength Materials Can Help
There are different brands and strengths of porcelain veneers. And a highly skilled cosmetic dentist can determine if high-strength porcelain is right for your case and will achieve the results you desire.
Depending on the condition of your teeth and the results you want to achieve, your dentist might recommend alternatives, such as ceramic crowns. If you select an experienced cosmetic dentist, he or she will let you know what to expect with each option.
We suggest that you schedule consultations for porcelain veneers with at least two different cosmetic dentists. Look for accredited cosmetic dentists in your area, or choose dentists with advanced training and experience in cosmetic dentistry. Check each dentist’s website to learn about his or her training.
Although you grind your teeth, your cosmetic dentist will help you determine if porcelain veneers are the right solution for enhancing your smile. If an alternative treatment is needed, a cosmetic dentist will still provide great results.
Below are photos of one of Dr. Brooksher’s patients. They show how porcelain veneers can beautifully transform your smile.
This post is sponsored by Baton Rouge award-winning cosmetic dentist Dr. Steven Brooksher.