Morgan,

Generally speaking, veneers typically don't make the best choice for persons with a bruxing habit. And generally speaking, veneers aren't used to strengthen teeth.

However you're right, today's dental ceramics, with their improved strength characteristics, make it possible to use restorations such as veneers in applications where previously a ceramic restoration would undoubtedly fail. But ultimately, only your dentist can advise you if that type of restoration makes an appropriate choice for your situation.

What really stood out to us in your post was the description of your bruxing history. If you re-read that, it seems fair to state that you have an earnest intention of controlling the effects of your bruxism from here on further. But as of yet, you have no long term track record in accomplishing that.

One could say that your question about the use of veneers lies at the edge of their intended purpose. And in light of that it would make the best sense to only proceed with that type of application after having an established history of controlling your bruxism, not before.

Even if a type of restoration is placed that can withstand bruxing forces (and really there is no such thing, except in short-term time frames) the excessive forces still generated will produce other complications (wear of opposing untreated teeth, jaw joint problems, headaches, increased tooth mobility, periodontal problems, etc...).

Start with the fundamentals. Establish a firm track record of being successful in controlling the habit (either controlling it and/or its effects, maybe for a year or so, or whatever it take for you to know that you'll continue with it), then make plans from there. Stack the odds in your favor as much as you can before taking a big, expensive, irreversible step with your teeth. Good luck.

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