Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth. They hide imperfections, reshape short or uneven teeth, and transform your smile! Veneers are very durable, but they can still break. Can a broken veneer be repaired?
Can a Dentist Fix a Broken Dental Veneer?
Dental trauma, biting on something hard, and teeth-grinding can break a veneer. A broken veneer is an emergency, so you should call a dentist as soon as you can. If the chip is very small, we may be able to smooth it out and save the veneer, but most broken porcelain veneers need to be replaced. If the veneer falls out and is in one piece, we may be able to re-adhere it to your tooth. Most of the time, replacing a damaged veneer is the best choice.
Do Veneers Last Forever?
Porcelain veneers can last a long time. If you care for your veneers and avoid breaks, they can last 10-15 years. You’ll always need to have veneers on your teeth. When we first place them, we shave off a thin layer of your tooth enamel, so the veneers don’t look bulky. Tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, so to protect your teeth, you’ll always need veneers.
How Do I Take Care of My Veneers?
Dental veneers don’t decay, but the teeth beneath them still can. You should maintain good brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist. You should also avoid chewing on ice, your fingernails, bottle caps, and other hard objects. Playing sports and teeth-grinding can damage your veneers, too, so get a mouthguard or nightguard.
Transform Your Smile with Veneers at Chandler Dental Center in San Antonio, Texas
Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic treatment. When they break, it’s usually best to replace them rather than try to repair them. If you have questions about veneers or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chandler, please contact us today!
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