Throughout your life, you’re going to put stress on your teeth, and you’re going to slowly destroy them, whether you intend to or not. It’s nothing that is your fault or anything like that, that’s just the nature of the way our body works; everything we do slowly wears it down in one way or another; running destroys cartilage, wearing hats (allegedly) leads to being bald, and eating, drinking, and even vomiting slowly destroys your teeth.
In particular, we damage our teeth just by the things we consume every day. Have you ever wondered how a cavity actually forms, the actual science behind it? Let’s follow a hypothetical; you eat some salt-water taffy you bought on vacation (because for some reason, everyone buys salt water taffy when they travel, and I just don’t understand it), and you don’t brush right away, or for a few days, and a bit of it gets stuck on a tooth. As it’s dissolving due to being exposed to your saliva, it’s also slowly eating away at the enamel of your tooth. Now, you should, hopefully, be rid of this bit of taffy debris soon, but, if this kind of thing happens enough, you’ll actually soften the enamel your tooth is made out of to the point that it comes out when you bite down wrong. This is around the point that you need to go get a filling, or you can make the bad decision to just live with the pain and end up with a dental abscess (that can kill you, incidentally, so I would not recommend making the bad choice to not go see a dentist).
Of course, that softening effect doesn’t just impact the top of your teeth and the inside. In some scenarios, it can soften the entirety of your tooth, allowing for, say, half your tooth to break off very easily or for you to damage it to the point that you’re missing a large portion of your tooth.
Then there’s the fact that some people just use their teeth in ways that they were not intended to be used. For example, anyone who likes to go drink at bars that serve mostly bottles has likely seen this hilarious scene play out; guy orders a beer, beer arrives unopened, guy doesn’t have a bottle opener and doesn’t have an ounce of patience to his name. So, guy tries to open it with his teeth, and horrendously chips his tooth (or, even better, breaks off half of his tooth or something), and is sitting there at the bar, unopened beer in one hand, half of a tooth in his other, and, even better, a look of immense regret on his face.
When you break a tooth, but don’t break it so bad that the whole thing comes out or that you need to have it drilled out in its entirety, there is, however, something you can do in order to repair the way it looks and restore some functionality to it. That something involves the use of a fairly recent technology called veneers.
Veneers are only about 90 years old, but we’ve made some big strides in the technology. They were originally made of plaster or plastic formed to look like a tooth, and were held in place with the same kind of dental adhesive that, at the time, was used to hold dentures in place. They were invented and used in Hollywood in the beginning, mostly to cover up the damaged teeth of actors during films. After the day’s shooting was done, the veneer would be removed. Today, however, we use teeth veneers for cosmetic smile restoration, evening out the look of your teeth after you’ve done damage to them, and making sure that no one knows that you’ve chipped a tooth unless you decide to tell them. For the most part, it’s a simple procedure; you have some dental adhesive applied to a tooth after it’s been slightly reshaped with drilling or certain substances, then you have a veneer affixed over it, the same way I would put on a pair of slippers or something similar. The veneer will stay in place for somewhere between ten and thirty years, and best of all, it will age and wear like a normal tooth, as porcelain is very similar to enamel.
So, if you’ve got some chipped or cracked teeth in your mouth that you want to beautify, look into what your local experienced cosmetic dentist can do for you. You won’t regret spending the money to improve your smile.