To look and feel your best, the bite needs to function in harmony with the TMJ. Most people do not have the best jaw position for their bite and TMJ to work together. Their teeth wear down and the bite and face begin to shorten.
As the bite and face shorten, the face ages prematurely. The lack of coordination between the bite and TMJ create stress and tension. Face Lift Dentistry® optimizes the patient from a cosmetic and a mechanical prospective. It is the future of no tooth grinding dentistry with VENLAY® restorations.
Why do Teeth Wear Down?
Tooth wear is caused by erosion, attrition, or abrasion.
- A bad diet, including carbonated drinks, fruit juices, even sparkling water, and an excess of acid will cause erosion.
- The involuntary or habitual grinding and clenching of teeth, often while you are sleeping, is the primary cause of attrition. This condition is referred to as Bruxism. It is commonly accepted that stress and anxiety are the biggest contributors. However, other factors such as psychoactive substances like tobacco, caffeine or alcohol could also play a role.
- Abrasion is the process of scraping or wearing away the enamel, often due to excessive or incorrect tooth brushing.
Whatever the reason, once you loose enamel, trouble starts. Initial mild teeth wear, usually characterized by the loss and thinning of the enamel surface, is often aggravated by fracturing and chipping. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. The cells that form the enamel crystallize and regrowth is not possible.
The changing surface of the teeth now forces the bite into different positions, playing havoc with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ.) Biting your teeth together put hundreds of pounds of pressure on the teeth, hundreds or even thousands of time per day. The jaws go on a roller-coaster ride to try and find the most supportive and comfortable position. This could be the beginning of, or aggravate an existing, overbite or under bite.
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