Throughout your life, you’re going to, naturally, do damage to your body. Even if you try your best to take great care of it, things are going to happen; people injure themselves, for example, when working out, and this is actually a common thing. The reality is that everything you do, you’re going to be slowly wearing down your body, heading toward the end of your life. There are, of course, things that you can do in order to prolong the usefulness of your body, but there’s nothing that can be done to stop it.
Your teeth are no different. Every time you put something in your mouth and chew it, you’re wearing down your teeth in a miniscule way. Every time you have a drink of something acidic, like lemonade or orange juice, or of something carbonated or sugary, like soda, or even of an alcoholic beverage, you’re slowly wearing down your teeth. Eventually, this leads to damage.
There are a couple of ways teeth get damaged. The most common way that you damage your teeth is just by not taking the proper preventative steps. I know it can be a hassle, but it’s really important that you regularly go to your local trustworthy family dentist to have your teeth cleaned and inspected, as well as doing your own part at home by brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily and using some mouthwash to make sure that your breath doesn’t smell awful. When you neglect to do this, you tend to wind up with things like cavities. In general, food left on the teeth, or rather particles of food left on teeth, tend to lead to cavities, because the things left on the teeth slowly dissolve away at the enamel as the food rots. Have this happen often enough, and your teeth end up being softened as the enamel is being acted on by the various foodstuffs they’ve been exposed to, and eventually, parts of it chip away.
Then there’s the damage that we do to our teeth just by making bad choices or being generally clumsy in life. Everyone knows that person who has lost a tooth doing something like skateboarding or just from tripping. Then there are the people who damage their teeth by doing something like trying to open a glass bottle with their teeth instead of going out to grab a bottle opener. Some people even lose a bit of their teeth in fights (although you’re much more likely to lose the entire thing rather than just a piece).
So, what do you do when you lose a portion of a tooth, but not the entire thing? How do you fix a smile that is only partially broken? Well, if there’s only a few teeth damaged, you cover them up with veneers. Veneers are a good choice if you’ve ground down your teeth a bit (maybe you’re one of those people who habitually grinds their teeth or who does it in their sleep, for example), if you’ve chipped a tooth badly, or even if you’ve just massively cracked your tooth without actually losing any portion of it. Veneers are probably the answer for you.
Their use, and usefulness, has gone up by leaps and bounds since first they were invented in the late 1920s. Back then, they were designed and intended to be used only for five or six hours, covering up the imperfect teeth of the celebrities while they were on stage. The early veneers were made of plasters or plastics. On the other hand, we make them with porcelain today, and instead of them being affixed to your cracked tooth with the same kind of adhesive we use for dentures, your veneer will be affixed with a long-term dental adhesive that lasts for ten to thirty years! The materials used in making our dental veneers has also changed, moving to the more modern (and longer lasting) porcelain, or porcelain with a metal frame inside of it. Today, in other words, we use veneers for anyone who can afford them, instead of them being only for the very famous who live and work in Hollywood.
So, if you’ve got some cracked or otherwise damaged teeth that you would like to repair, or at least to cover up, go make an appointment with your local office of cosmetic dentistry for smile correction to see what they can offer you be way of veneers. The money and time you spend on your teeth will be well worth it in the long run.