Bite Your Nails? Know Why It's Bad For Your Teeth

Do you bite your nails? Over the years, this can cause your teeth to become unevenly worn down, causing them to look misaligned or crooked. It's important to know the dangers that nail biting can cause, as well as some ways to fix the problem that you created with this bad habit.

Why Nail Biting Is Bad 

Biting your nails once or twice is not going to do any real harm to them since teeth are naturally very strong and can bite through a lot of things. Unfortunately, some people have chronic issues with nail biting, causing them to do it throughout the day out of habit, nervousness, or just not having nail clippers nearby. It puts a lot of pressure on the teeth to bite through nails, which can cause damage.

One way that you can damage your teeth is by causing them to become worn down. Take a close look in the mirror, and you may notice that one tooth looks like the tip is a bit wavy rather than flat. You may also notice a rough edge on the teeth you use to bite your nail. In some situations, you can even chip your teeth. Nail biting will also result in sore gums, with it potentially causing issues with receding gums

How To Fix Nail Biting Damage

You can get dental veneers to cover the damage caused by nail biting. This is done by installing a layer or thin porcelain over the tooth, which matches the color of the teeth that surround it. The dental veneer is attached directly to the damaged tooth and gives it an appearance that it doesn't have damage. The process of getting a veneer is painless, fast, and doesn't require that the dentist drills your tooth to attach it.

Another method is to use dental bonding. Your dentist will essentially fill in the parts of the tooth that are missing with a special material that restores the tooth by blending in seamlessly with it. The tooth will look and feel like a real tooth in the end. However, the bonding material is not as strong as a natural tooth. You'll need to give up on your nail biting habit because you run the risk of breaking off the bonding material by putting too much pressure on it when biting your nail.

Speak to your dentist about more ways that they can restore the damage caused by nail biting.