Porcelain veneers are a wonderful solution for damaged teeth, and they can typically last for many years with proper care — but it is possible for them to crack or break. If you have recently cracked a porcelain veneer, don’t worry! All hope is not lost for your smile. Your cosmetic dentist can repair the veneer to get your smile back to beautiful in no time.
First things first…
WHY DID THE VENEER CRACK?
In order to repair your porcelain veneer, it is important to know what caused it to crack or break in the first place. This will help to ensure that the solution is more than a temporary fix. Sometimes, a veneer may become damaged due to teeth grinding or jaw clenching. This requires a longer-term treatment. If, however, the crack is the result of an issue that occurred during placement or if you had an injury or a blow to the face, then replacing it for a new veneer may be the best option.
HOW TO PROCEED AFTER BREAKING A VENEER
The solution for your smile truly depends on a case-by-case basis, so contact your cosmetic dentist soon after you notice a veneer is cracked or broken. If a piece of the veneer has completely broken off, rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to remove any small shards that may remain.
During an appointment, your cosmetic dentist will evaluate what caused the veneer to crack or break and then determine how best to proceed. If replacing it with a new veneer is the best solution, a mold will be created and you will need to return for a follow-up appointment.
PREVENTING BROKEN OR CRACKED VENEERS
You can prevent breaks and chips by taking excellent care of your veneers after placement. If you clench your teeth and grind your jaw at night, talk to your dentist about getting fitted for a customized nightguard. This will protect the veneers (and your natural teeth) from the excess pressure and impact. Also, people who play contact sports should invest in an athletic mouthguard to prevent damage. Hygiene is also important — brush your teeth gently and floss regularly to keep them clean and healthy.
If you have damaged, cracked, or broken one of your porcelain veneers, the important thing is not to panic — it is definitely repairable. Get in touch with your dentist as soon as you can. A solution is on its way!
Meet the Practice
Canatella Dental offers comprehensive dental services from the comfort of their state-of-the-art office. From general checkups and cleanings to cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers in New Orleans, patients can turn to Drs. Todd Canatella and Rachel Neumeyer for quality comprehensive care. If your porcelain veneers need repair, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling Canatella Dental at (504) 717-4259.