How to Undo the Appearance of Damage to Your Teeth After a Nail Biting Habit

7 May 2020
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Most people know that biting their nails is bad for their teeth, but that doesn't mean that it's easy to give up the habit. If you've had a long-time habit of biting your nails and aren't happy with how your teeth look because of it, then you should be glad to know that there's a cosmetic solution that can fix the way that your teeth look in almost no time at all.

The Damage Done

There's two main types of damage done to teeth when you bite your nails, misalignment and shortening. Misalignment is the best known problem from biting one's nails. As you bite, you can slowly force your teeth out of their natural - or correct - alignment and make them become crooked. However, the damage doesn't stop there. Nail biting for long enough will ultimately chip away at the edges of your teeth, wearing them down. This can result in certain teeth looking significantly shorter than their neighbors, which can make a smile appear odd.

The Solution

Thankfully, you don't have to undergo a long process of having your teeth straightened and repaired in order to fix this problem. If your teeth are healthy, then the only thing that they really need are dental veneers. Dental veneers are a cosmetic solution for damaged, misaligned, and discolored teeth. They're small layers of porcelain that are applied over the surface of the tooth, hiding it from view.

How it Works

Dental veneers are custom-made per person. Your dentist will examine your teeth, take an x-ray, and will send this information to a manufacturer who will make veneers just for you. Then, when the veneers come in, you'll settle into the dentist's chair to have them put on. A thin layer of enamel is buffed off the front of your teeth. Then, the veneer is attached with dental cement - there's no need for drilling or installation with dental veneers. As easy as that, when you look in the mirror you'll see a perfect set of teeth gleaming back at you. Your teeth will appear even, straight, and you can even choose the shade of white that you want for them.

Dental veneers are a non-invasive and time saving way to get the look that you want without having to undergo numerous dental procedures over a long period of time. If you're ready to leave the damage to the appearance of your smile behind you, then contact a cosmetic dentist to get veneers.