Porcelain Veneers that Break Every Week
I have had porcelain veneers for a month and no joke, I’ve been back into the dentist every week to have them fixed. They keep breaking. What is going on? I would like a permanent fix and not have to keep going back. Do you think I should get porcelain crowns instead?
– Sheila in Oklahoma
Oh boy, something sounds majorly wrong. Porcelain veneers should not break if they are done correctly. The veneer is permanently bonded to the tooth and should last for years. Some patients have porcelain veneers that last for over 20 years.
It’s time to see another dentist. This time around, make sure you find a true cosmetic dentist. Not just any general dentist can do this kind of highly artistic work well. Many dentists make the claim to do veneers, but as you’ve witnessed, they don’t always do them correctly. It takes extensive advanced training beyond dental school equip a cosmetic dentist in creating beautiful porcelain veneers.
Of course there could be other factors that may be influencing the continual breaking of the veneers. Do you have TMJ disorder; do you grind your teeth at night; or have a misaligned bite? These are all issues your original dentist should have discussed with you prior to moving forward with placing the veneers. If you grind or clench your teeth, a mouth guard can be made for you to wear overnight. This protects the veneers from excess stress while you are sleeping.
Without having seen your specific case, it is difficult to give you much more feedback. But porcelain veneers are far too pricey to continually have to go into your dentist for repair. Again, it’s time to see an expert cosmetic dentist. One that won’t be satisfied until your smile is perfection!
This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.