Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to give your smile a makeover. These thin, porcelain overlays can quickly cover teeth that are stained or discolored, chipped or cracked, and can also cover teeth that are crooked. Porcelain veneers are also popular because they look just like natural teeth. Veneers are also extremely strong, and because of this, they can function just like natural teeth through chewing and biting. But, although they are strong, veneers can chip, crack, break and come off. Find out what to do if your veneer breaks.
What Causes Damage to Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can become damaged as a result of eating very hard foods like hard candy and nuts. Crunching on ice can also cause chips and cracks.
Veneers can be damaged if wearers suffer a blow or injury to the face, too.
Another way porcelain veneers get damaged is when people use their teeth as tools to tear open packaging, uncap beer bottles and even uncork bottles of wine. Using your teeth in this manner is not just bad for porcelain veneers, but also for natural teeth.
What Should You Do if Your Veneer Is Damaged?
If you feel like your porcelain veneers may have suffered a fracture, chip or crack, the first thing you should do is check to see if your veneer is intact. Next, carefully remove any parts of the veneer that broke off or are loose. Do not pry off any portion of your porcelain veneers.
Store the pieces you collect, or the entire veneer if it has entirely come off, very carefully in a small protective container, such a plastic bottle or food container.
Contact Dr. Caracioni as soon as possible to schedule your appointment for an evaluation. If your veneer has come off in one piece, Dr. Caracioni may be able to simply reattach that piece. If it has chipped off in small pieces or suffered cracks, you likely will have to have your veneer remade.
In the meantime, don’t panic. Your affected tooth will be fine and you most likely will not experience any pain or significant problems while waiting for your appointment with Dr. Caracioni. Some patients experience tooth sensitivity. Note: Chips and cracks can cause uneven edges, so be careful to not hurt your tongue or lip on a rough or sharp edge while you wait.
Are you interested in learning more about porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Caracioni today at 785-783-0741 for an appointment.