Another option for tooth enamel repair is the application of a crown. Crowns are caps that usually fit over damaged molars, and because they cover the teeth completely, your dentist may recommend them if they are severely misshapen or discoloured due to enamel damage that has built up over time.
To apply a crown, your dentist first needs to prepare the tooth by filing it down. Similar to veneers, he or she then takes an impression of your tooth with dental putty. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory so that a crown can be custom-made for you. You will often need to wear a temporary crown while you wait for your permanent crown.
Once the permanent crown is ready, you'll return to your dentist for him or her to remove your temporary crown and cement your permanent crown in place. Your tooth will look and feel as good as new, with no signs of your previous enamel damage.
Your dental professional is there to provide tooth enamel repair when you need it, but your best approach is to address the cause of your enamel loss. Whether you brush too hard or grind at night, see your dentist to discuss, and to see if remineralising toothpaste, dental bonding, crowns or veneers are suitable treatments for you in the short term.