Many people wonder if veneers can fall off. The answer is yes, they can. Compared to the success rates of veneers, the veneers that malfunction is minimal. They may fall off or break for a variety of reasons, but it does not happen often. After the patient is examined and issues such as tooth decay, root canals, and cleanings have been taken care of, the dental professional will discuss veneers in-depth with the patient, and if they decide to move forward, measurements will be taken and the request for veneers will be sent to the lab where they are created. The teeth are shaved a bit, and the veneers have adhered when they return from the lab. The bonding process takes a bit in order to ensure that it is strong and long-lasting. When the above process is completed accurately, there is a very minimal chance of the veneer falling off; however, some circumstances can weaken the veneers and cause them to fall off.
What Is Dental Veneer?
For those looking for a perfect smile, veneers are a very popular option. Most dental clinics that offer cosmetic dentistry also offer veneers as a form of treatment. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any type of treatment performed on the teeth in order to enhance their appearance for a more appealing smile. Cosmetic dentistry envelopes many dental procedures that are offered today because of the recent strides in the dental industry. Those that have high profile lifestyles, and those that simply want the smile they have been longing for typically opt for cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Veneers are made of a very thin sheet of medical-grade porcelain and are attached to the front of the teeth. The porcelain used is not the same as regular ceramic and is only available in medical settings. Porcelain veneers are the most common treatments in cosmetic dentistry and are used to enhance the appearance of crooked, stained, or uneven teeth. The porcelain veneer is carefully created in order to adhere perfectly to the tooth that is will be covering. Coloring is also considered, so the veneer blends with the rest of the natural teeth. Because veneers are tailored to the individual, they have the most natural look out of all the options available.
How Long Will Veneers Last?
Most veneers can easily last for 10 years or longer before showing any signs of wear. Once the veneers have shown signs of wear, it’s important to have them replaced fully. In order to place the veneers, your front teeth will need to be filed down to the point of affecting the look of the teeth. This is why you’ll need to have new veneers made for you as soon as the old ones are removed.
Why Do Veneers Fall Off?
Let’s consider the reasons for veneers to fall off. There are various causes to make veneers break off and fall off or get damaged.
Age Of Veneers
The primary reason is age of the veneers. Porcelain veneers should last at least for ten years, although many people claim that their veneers lasted forever. But conservatively speaking, veneers last for more than 10 years in most cases. As the time passes, the veneers get slowly detached from the teeth as the adhesive bonding gets weakened over a period of time, making the veneers come loose and fall off. Sometimes with age, the bone and jawlines recede, which results in mal fitting of veneers causing them to fall off.
The second most common reason is the bonding agent used for veneers to stick on teeth was not of prime quality in the first place. Either enough time was given for adhesive bonding to take place or the technique was not proper. In either, it is a problem of the dentist not of veneers.
The third common reason is when the teeth on which veneers are placed gets decayed. There are many reasons for teeth decay. It happens because of lifestyle choices and in some cases because of the effects of the prescription drugs that some individuals cannot escape.
One more common reason is the patients’ habit of grinding teeth during sleep, or bruxing, for either physical or psychological reasons. If bruxing occurs regularly, the force on veneers is great. Veneers cannot hold up to the pressure on the inside edge and may chip or break or get damaged.
The dynamics of the chewing and speaking patterns are important when considering the forces applied to teeth. dentists have looked into why a veneer would come off and one of the reasons has been that there may have been imbalances in the bite.
The top teeth and the bottom teeth should work harmoniously together creating a stable bite. If there are any discrepancies then they can cause unnecessary forces to be applied to different teeth.
This is also true of speech patterns as teeth are used when talking. If any pre-existing minor threats such as bruxism (teeth grinding & clenching), gum disease or tooth decay exist, then this needs to be looked at and managed as part of the overall treatment plan.
Before veneers are fitted it’s important for a specialist dentist to examine the state of your oral health, hygiene and the condition of its foundation before prescribing veneers.
If you are one to indulge in candies and other sugary treats, the stickiness of the foods can weaken the bond between the veneer and the natural tooth.
Veneer Fall Off Prevention And Treatment
As a rule, when your veneers fall off or break or get damaged in any way, DO NOT try to put them back yourself. Getting them fixed by you will further damage them. Carefully put the device in a small container and call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
You may think of how the problem can be solved, once you know why your veneers have fallen off, or broken.
The best way to maintain your veneers is to make routine trips into the dental office. dentists can check on your veneers and make notes of any signs of wear or damage. If you have a veneer that has fallen off, do not throw it away. Keep it and bring it with you so that they can attach it back onto the front teeth. If you lose a veneer, a new one is going to need to be made for you and may take some time before you can come back in. You can expect many years of good wear with your new veneers.
If you have been wearing the veneers for more than 10 years, you can guess that the wear and tear may have caused them to get dislodged and fall off or break. In such a case your best is to keep the fallen off or damaged veneers carefully in a small box wrapped in soft material and try to get an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will have a look at the veneer and decide whether it is in a shape to get back to its place, or whether new veneers are due. Depending on its state, the dentist will gently put it back momentarily and see if they still fit. If it dies fit, the dentist then will clean the veneers of its previous adhesive and see the inside surface of the veneers. Then the inside surface will be chemically treated and rebonding will be done. This kind of repair will again last for years.
Bonding It Again
When your dentist has not used the correct bonding agent to attach the veneers to your teeth, and they have fallen off, you need to see another dentist. After the damaged veneer has been taken to the dentist office, and he declares that veneers are good and the problem is bonding them to the teeth, it is time for you to seek second opinion.
Change Your Lifestyle
When teeth get decayed, the adhesive gets loosened and the veneers fall. It is important to change your lifestyle, to stop or lessen the tooth decay. Tooth decay is detrimental not only for veneers but for your overall health. If on the other hand, you are on life saving drugs that hastens tooth decay, you need to consult your medical doctor about the side effects of the drug and may be get your dentist to talk to your medical specialist about the problem. In some cases like patients with the history of bulimia, the sides of the teeth have lost the enamel outer covering and have exposed dentine. This will not bond with veneers, and the bonding on dentine fails eventually. The veneers should not have been applied on such teeth in the first place, but it will be a mistake to reattach the veneers on the same teeth again. The best option is to go for porcelain crowns. This will protect the backs of your teeth where enamel has been wiped off completely and there is exposed dentine.
Night Teeth Guard
When you suffer from the habit of grinding teeth in sleep or bruxing, it is advisable to wear teeth guard, which will help in avoiding the veneers getting stressed out and get chipped.
Look After Your Veneers
The most important rule to avoid getting your veneers fall off and get damaged is to look after your veneers well. It is important to take good care of them. Avoid chewing on sugary candies very often. Chewing or biting on hard foods like ice, and toffee should be avoided totally. The veneers cannot take so much pressure. They will give way. Veneers are a high end product and needs to be handled with care.
Can I Glue My Veneer That Fell Off Back On?
If your veneer fell off in one piece, you may be wondering if gluing it back yourself is an option. Please don’t try this at home.
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.