Help! My Veneer Is Broken

Veneers provide people with the look of perfect teeth no matter what issues their natural teeth exhibit. Unfortunately, veneers can crack and even come off completely. To find out why your veneer might be failing and what to do about it, read on.

Veneers Are Only Semi-permanent

These dental appliances are like slipcovers for a couch. They are attached to the fronts of your visible teeth and cover stains, cracks, gaps, and more. Many of the dazzling and perfect smiles you see on Hollywood celebrities are very likely the result of veneers. These natural-looking tooth covers are meant to last a long time, but they can get damaged in some cases. In most cases, your veneers should last you from 10 to 15 years. Over time, the bonding material used to glue the veneer onto your teeth can disintegrate. As that happens, the veneer will show cracks or just fall off completely while you are eating. If you have noticed cracks or other problems with your veneers and you've only had them for a short period of time, however, one of the below issues might be the culprit.

Extraordinary Use – Veneers are strong, but they are not meant to withstand abuse. Those that frequently chew hard foods like candy and ice are bound to reduce the life of their veneers. In fact, those who grind their teeth while asleep may be puzzled as to the premature breakage of a veneer. Speak to your dentist about avoiding hard foods that could damage the veneer. Additionally, if you grind your teeth, your dentist can have you fitted with a device that will help you keep your smile as unmarred as it was when the veneers were new.

Cavities Happen – To adhere properly, the veneer has to have a solid tooth underneath to cling to. All teeth can be vulnerable to decay, and even your front teeth can get decay behind and between them. Cavities in these locations are more likely to go unnoticed, and a damaged veneer might be the first warning sign of decay. In most cases, cavities can be addressed without removing the veneer, but if the damage is too extensive, you may need to have the veneer replaced.

When Your Veneer Is Damaged or Falls Off

If the veneer came off in one piece, it might be possible for your dentist to reattach it using strong cement. If it's broken, a new veneer may be needed. Contact your dental clinic if you are having problems with your veneers.