What To Do If Your Dental Veneer Keeps Falling Off Or Breaking
Porcelain veneers are at the forefront of modern cosmetic dentistry. Over the past few decades they have helped transform the smiles of ordinary people helping they regain their long lost confidence. The term “Hollywood Smile” or “Smile Makeover” was introduced by these thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth. But what many people don’t understand is that these restorations cannot just be bonded on to create a beautiful smile; there is a functional element that many people (including dentists) don’t appreciate.
What are Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto your teeth to transform your smile and give you that cosmetic look that you’ve been longing for. The process works by first visiting your cosmetic dentist who will make a custom treatment plan just for you. Your teeth are then prepared (or ground down) about .5mm to create room for the porcelain shells. A mold or impression is taken of your mouth after your teeth are prepared. This mold is sent to a custom laboratory that helps fabricate your dental veneers. Initially, after your teeth are ground down, a temporary veneer or veneers are made until the permanent restorations are made.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Bonded Onto Your Teeth?
Once your veneers are fabricated, your cosmetic dentist will bond them onto your teeth in a series of steps:
- The Porcelain Veneers are first tried on to make sure that you satisfied with their appearance and how they look.
- Once you approve a set of x-rays are taken to make sure the veneers were constructed properly.
- The Porcelain Veneers themselves are prepared using a yellow porcelain etch, and a preparation material known as silane.
- The Veneers are then dried completely using dry air.
- Your mouth is completely dried and isolated
- Blue Tooth Etch is used to help the Veneers bond to your teeth
- Bonding agent is then used to glaze the teeth to also help with the bonding of the veneers to your teeth
- A special type of veneer cement is then used to bond the prepared veneers onto your teeth.
- The excess cement is removed using a dental handpiece and hand instruments.
- All Teeth are flossed and cleansed.
As you can see there are many steps into placing your dental veneers.
Checking Your Occlusion Or Your Bite After The Veneers Are Placed
This is probably the most crucial step in dental veneer treatment planning. The reason why it’s so important is that your bite is what determines whether or not your dental veneers will fall out or break. If careful treatment planning is not performed, and your bite is not monitored throughout the whole process, then there is a high likelihood that your Porcelain Veneers will fall off or break during the course of months or years. Our jaws are a dynamic structure, and our jaw movements allow for tooth interferences and contacts while they move left to right and back and forth. If your tooth contacts are not accounted for after your veneers are placed, they will break off or fall off.
So if your dental veneer falls off or breaks, you should know that more than likely it is a biting problem that needs to be checked on by your cosmetic dentist.
What should you do if your dental veneer breaks off or falls off?
In both of these scenarios, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible so that they can address the problem and take steps into fixing it. Your dentist initially needs to take a set of impressions and mount your case onto a machine called an articulator. This articulator is what allows us to see exactly how your jaw moves. Your dental veneers need to be constructed based on how your jaws move and how your teeth contact each other as your jaws move. This is how dental veneers are properly constructed, and if your dentist does not take these steps there is a good chance that, even though they look great, your dental veneers will fail sooner rather than later.
Temporary Fix If Your Veneer Fell Off Or Breaks Off
If you are unable to see your dentist for whatever reason, a temporary solution may be denture adhesive material that they sell at your local grocery store. A small drop should be applied to the inside surface of the dental veneer. Once placed, the veneer can be applied to the tooth and help there for approximately 90 seconds. After this the veneer should be loosely held in place until you can see your dentist.
Finding The Right Cosmetic Dentist For Your Veneers
A thorough search for a competent cosmetic dentist needs to be done by you and your family before you have your dental veneers made. Not all dentists are experts in this field, and you need a cosmetic dentist that has a lot of experience under their belt to undertake such complex procedures. Make sure you read their reviews, and if your have friends or family members have visited the dentist and had a good experience. Once you have done your research, you know you will be in good hands the rest of the way.
If you find yourself in the Houston area, and are interested in dental veneers to rejuvenate your smile, call Best Dental today. We are Houston’s leaders in Cosmetic Dentistry with 1000s of successful cases under our belt.