Once the porcelain veneers are in place, your smile is ready to go. Although, it is important that you don’t fall into the trap of relying on your porcelain veneers to keep your smile intact. In order to maintain the life span of your veneers, it is important that you look after them as you would just like your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can have a maximum life span of between 10 and 12 years, but this is only if you look after them. What is also important to note is that if your veneers aren’t looked after, they will fail just like any other dental restoration. Although the chance of veneers failing is slim, the chances of them failing can increase if they’re not looked after.
Why Do Porcelain Veneers Fall Off?
Let’s review the key reasons as to why porcelain veneers fall off:
- Natural Damage – Your veneers can get damage if you suffer from conditions such as teeth grinding, or if you continuously apply pressure on them during the day. Veneers are delicate when it comes to this. Damage can also occur if you eat hard solids and chewy foods.
- Trauma – If you’re considering applying porcelain veneers, be sure to make the right decision if you partake in physical sports. If your veneers come in immediate contact with something hard, your veneers will fall off. Consider consulting the dentist for a dental mouthguard.
- Tooth Decay – If you have tooth decay behind the veneers, the structure of the tooth will change and the veneer will no longer bond to the tooth. This will cause the veneer to loosen. Therefore, looking after your natural teeth is just as important.
- Veneers Not Applied Correctly – The dentist may have not applied the adhesive accordingly. This means the veneers have not been correctly bonded to your teeth. This will also cause your veneers to fall off. This is the dentist responsibility to re-apply the bonding properly.
- Crooked Teeth – If your teeth aren’t straight, there is a higher chance of your veneers becoming loose. Whilst applying veneers doesn’t need teeth to be fully straight, your natural teeth can change shape and move in position, and this could cause the bonding material to fall off.
What Should I Do If My Porcelain Veneers Fall Off?
As soon as you feel your porcelain veneers fall off, contact the dentist as soon as possible. It isn’t recommended that you attempt to place the porcelain veneers back into the mouth to avoid the veneers from cracking. If a veneer has fallen out, take it with you to the dentist. It may well need to be just bonded again to the tooth surface, or replaced altogether if it’s damaged.
Contact us here now if you’re having complications with your porcelain veneers.