Veneers can produce a beautiful smile. However, the thin porcelain shells that cover the front teeth can also crack. When they do, you need to call our practice without delay. We may be able to repair the veneer without too much difficulty. For example, if your veneer displays a crack, we may be able to resolve the problem without replacing the veneer. The following information can help you decide what to do if your veneer needs repair.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are porcelain shells that are extremely thin. They are used to improve the looks of teeth that are faded, discolored, misaligned, chipped, or damaged. Therefore, when a veneer becomes cracked, it is important to have the repair done right away. Otherwise, you may need to have the veneer replaced. While repairing the veneer is not a permanent fix, it will mend the tooth for a long time if done correctly. To ensure the crack is repaired successfully, we need to determine the reason for the crack. If the veneer is older, a crack can emerge because of wear-and-tear. Sometimes the patient clenches or grinds his or her teeth at night. If this is the reason for the crack, we may suggest that he or she wear a mouthguard at night.
How a Veneer with a Crack Is Repaired?
When a veneer is cracked, we usually can usually repair the fracture with a composite material or bond the material. This is done in the same way as we bond the veneers on teeth in the first place. When you do this type of procedure, we roughen and bevel the veneer's surface with a diamond bur and use a soft but copious spray of water before applying the bonding agent.
We want you to make the most of your smile, whether you have veneers or not. If you have not done so in some time, give our office a call for a cleaning and x-ray. Know what it takes to protect your veneers or other dental restorations and follow a regular regimen of at-home dental care.