I had braces put on my teeth at age 11 and they were removed at age 13. The tooth surface on several of my front teeth has been damaged. The enamel has eroded so the surface doesn’t look good. When I first got my braces on my orthodontist never mentioned this could happen. I made sure to get my teeth cleaned four times each year.
It has been recommended that I get porcelain veneers to fix the damage. But, I have a bad habit of grinding my teeth. Will this be a problem?
– Lacey in Kansas
At your age, I’m not sure porcelain veneers is the best way to go. It seems a bit drastic for what you have described. The enamel erosion has likely occurred in the area where the brackets were on your teeth. Dental bonding can fix this problem. Just be sure that you find a good cosmetic dentist. Not every dentist does this kind of cosmetic work well.
It sounds like you did a good job of taking care of your teeth while you had braces. When you have braces it is important to brush your teeth right around the braces, after every meal. This would have helped with the decalcification that was evident after they were removed. What happens is that the food remains there and bacteria can form which causes the spots.
I hope this information was helpful.
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