Porcelain veneers can do wonders to brighten up your smile, but sometimes a veneer might break or come off. There are different reasons why a veneer can break or fall off, but in both cases it’s important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. So if you’re having some problems with your dental veneers, here’s what you need to know about getting the problem fixed.
Why Do Veneers Break and Fall Off?
Veneer failure can be caused by many underlying issues. Some of the main reasons why your veneer can break or fall off include:
- The veneer is old: Most porcelain veneers should last at least ten years. However, as time goes by the bonding that keeps the veneers attached to your tooth can weaken, causing the veneer to come off.
- Your veneers weren’t bonded properly: If you have new veneers that keep falling off, chances are the veneer wasn’t bonded properly. To get you veneers bonded properly, you could consider seeing a different dentist for a second opinion.
- Your tooth may have decayed: Tooth decay can cause a veneer to fall off, seeing as there might not be enough of your natural tooth left for the veneer to attach to. Luckily there are lifestyle choices that can help prevent or slow down tooth decay, but unfortunately there are also prescription drugs that can worsen tooth decay and you might need to take them.
- Negligence: Your veneers will be more prone to breaking or coming off if you treat them harshly. Veneers are durable, but if you often chew on hard things like ice and hard candies, or grind your teeth, your veneers won’t last quite as long. All of those things damage both your veneers and your natural teeth, so it’s best to refrain from doing them.
Knowing the reasons why your veneers can break of fall off can help you decide how to approach the problem. If the veneer was old, for instance, it won’t come as a surprise that it broke. But if you have a brand new veneer that comes off, your current dentist might not be skilled at placing veneers, in which case it can be beneficial to see a new dentist.
However, if your veneer failed because of something you did (like biting on hard things), your best bet is to be more careful after having it fixed. Veneers shouldn’t break too easily. But if you’re exceptionally hard on your teeth, that will be a problem.
Can I Glue My Veneer Back On?
Veneers often fall off in one piece, which can make you wonder whether gluing it back yourself is an option. But don’t attempt to do this.
Gluing your veneer back yourself will do more harm than good. The glue you have at home isn’t suitable for dental bonding, so your veneer is unlikely to stay in place for long. Dentists use approved dental glues and cement for attaching veneers. More importantly, however, regular glue is toxic, so it’s definitely not a good idea to use it in your mouth, where you’ll inevitably swallow some.
Never try to reattach your veneer yourself! This can be dangerous for both your dental and physical health.
How to Reattach a Veneer
The only way to fix a veneer that’s broken or fallen off is to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to examine you to determine if reattaching the veneer is a good option. Furthermore, your dentist uses durable, medically approved glues and cements for any work they perform.
If your veneer broke when it came off, your best choice will be to have it replaced, seeing as broken veneers can’t usually be fixed.