In April 2022, my dentist recommended eight veneers instead of Invisalign. Maybe my concerns about how long Invisalign takes made my dentist take Invisalign off the table. My teeth were stained, misshaped, and crooked, so I agreed to porcelain veneers. I knew the results would be faster than Invisalign, too. My dentist completed the porcelain veneers in late June 2022. Since then, my teeth have hurt, two veneers loosened, and one fell off last month. Now my dentist said that crowns would probably work better for me since I can’t seem to keep the veneers on my teeth because I grind my teeth. Is that something I can control?
I want to return to my former teeth and get teeth whitening, dental bonding, and Invisalign. I would rather spend 18 more months getting it right than knowing my dentist would shave down my teeth for dental crowns. Shouldn’t my dentist have known if I needed crowns before taking my money for veneers? I didn’t ask him, but I assume if a dentist says veneers didn’t work, the crowns are free. Thanks. Madilyn
If your dentist thinks teeth grinding is affecting your porcelain veneers, your initial exam and X-rays should have shown evidence of wear on your teeth from the habit. We recommend not agreeing to further treatment from your dentist.
Why Do Porcelain Veneers Fall Off?
Porcelain veneers may fall off due to a dentist’s bonding or tooth preparation technique. Teeth grinding can also affect veneers’ stability.
- Bonding technique – We are concerned about why your veneers are weak and falling off. If a dentist does not bond your veneers properly, they can loosen and fall off.
- Tooth preparation – Skilled cosmetic dentists remove minimal amounts of tooth enamel from the fronts of your teeth in preparation for porcelain veneers. Removing too much tooth enamel can expose the dentin, the layer beneath the enamel.
- Teeth grinding – Teeth grinding can wear away natural teeth and restorations, such as porcelain veneers. A dentist can provide a custom night guard to minimize the effect of grinding, which may help preserve porcelain veneers.
Schedule a Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment
Schedule a consultation with a trained cosmetic dentist to examine your teeth and veneers and discuss possible causes for your veneers falling off. It is probably unnecessary for a dentist to grind your teeth for dental crowns. Although Invisalign would align your teeth, your dentist has already removed tooth enamel to prepare your teeth for porcelain veneers. Most likely, veneers are the only treatment to resolve your concerns. However, a skilled cosmetic dentist will confirm that after an exam and X-rays. Your new dentist will explain treatment costs. If your previous dentist had faulty bonding techniques, he may be willing to compensate you in some way for the new dental work.
David Finley, DDS, a Monroe, Louisiana, accredited cosmetic dentist and Academy of General Dentistry Fellow, sponsors this post. Read about what Dr. Finley, Dr. Thompson, and Dr. Coughran do to provide some of the best dental care in Monroe.