Do Dental Veneers Fall Off: Ways to Prevent Them From Getting Damaged

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Dr. Justin Soon

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Do Dental Veneers Fall Off: Ways to Prevent Them From Getting Damaged

Think about your smile for a second. What comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably think of your teeth as one of your best features.

But what happens when something goes wrong, and your teeth start to look less than perfect? One option that most people turn to is dental veneers.

There’s no doubt that dental veneers can make a dramatic difference in your appearance and give you the confidence to smile widely. However, one question that often arises is whether or not dental veneers fall off and if they’re durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some common reasons veneers may fall off and offer tips on how to prevent them from getting damaged.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are wafer-thin shells of tooth-coloured porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made and used to improve the appearance of your smile by changing the shape, size, and colour of your teeth. In short, dental veneers can give you a complete smile makeover.

Dental veneers can help protect your teeth from damage. They are an ideal choice for people with the following dental cosmetic problems:

  • Discoloured or stained teeth:
    Dental veneers can cover up teeth that are stained or have become discoloured due to certain medications.

  • Chipped, fractured, or broken teeth:
    Dental veneers can be used to restore the natural shape of your teeth and improve their overall appearance.

  • Gapped teeth:
    Dental veneers can be used to close the gaps between your teeth.

  • Misshapen, Misaligned, or Crooked teeth:
    Dental veneers can be used to realign uneven teeth and improve your smile.

  • Worn-down teeth:
    Dental veneers can be used to restore the natural size and shape of your teeth.

The dental veneer process usually takes two dental visits.

  • First visit:
    During the first visit, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and prepare them for the dental veneers.

  • Second visit:
    Your dentist will place the dental veneers on your teeth and ensure they fit properly.

Do Dental Veneers Fall Off?

One common question about dental veneers is whether or not they can fall off. The short answer is yes; dental veneers can come loose or fall off. However, it is important to note that this is actually quite rare.

The bonding process is usually very reliable. Veneers are bonded to your teeth using strong dental cement. In most cases, the bond between your tooth and the veneer is strong and durable.

While dental veneers falling off is not a common occurrence, it can still happen because of a variety of reasons.

How Are Dental Veneers Fitted on Teeth?

The dental veneers attach to your teeth with a special dental adhesive. The process of attaching them is relatively straightforward. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Preparation and temporary veneers: The dentist preps your teeth and they will take an impression. They will then put temporary veneers while the impression is sent to the lab. At the same appointment, you and your dentist will choose and agree on which shade of veneers is right for you.

  2. As soon as the veneers are ready by your next appointment, the dentist will fit them to your prepared teeth and check for necessary changes or concerns. Once you and the dentist are contented with the fit, the veneers are cemented to your teeth.

  3. Your dentist will apply a bonding agent and place the veneers on your teeth. When the veneers are in place, your dentist will use a light to cure the bonding agent and permanently attach the veneers to your teeth.

  4. Your dentist will check the fit and make any necessary adjustments.

All these steps are necessary to ensure the veneers stay in place for many years. However, many people are still wondering whether dental veneers can possibly fall off on their own.

Why Do Dental Veneers Fall Off?

Despite the strong special cement used to attach veneers on the front surface of the teeth, they can still fall off from time to time. There are several reasons why this might happen, including:

Accidental damage

Veneers can be damaged by biting into hard foods or objects or suffering a blow to the mouth. If you encounter an accident and hit your mouth, it’s possible that the impact could loosen or even break the veneers. Broken veneers are more likely to fall off.


Your gums, bone, and jawlines can recede as you age, exposing more of your tooth’s roots. Aging can make your teeth look longer and make them more likely to fall out.

Gum disease

If you have gum disease, it may cause the supporting structures of your teeth to break down, leading to dental veneers falling off. Gum disease increases the chance of veneers failing.

Poor dental bonding

If the bonding material between your tooth and the veneer is not strong enough, the veneer could come loose. This is more likely to happen if the veneer is not fitted properly in the first place because of a poor adhesion process or a poor bonding technique.

Poor dental hygiene

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly, plaque and tartar can build up around the edges of the veneers. Lack of a proper dental hygiene routine can cause the bonding material to loosen, eventually leading to the veneers falling off.

Teeth Grinding

If you unknowingly grind your teeth during sleep, it’s possible that over time this could wear down the bonding material and increase the chances of the veneers coming loose.

Tooth Decay

If you have tooth decay beneath the veneers, this can weaken the bond between your tooth and the veneer. Over time, the veneer may fall off.

If you have dental veneers, it’s important to take good care of them. However, if they do fall off, make sure that you know what to do next.

What Should I Do if My Dental Veneers Falls Off or Gets Damaged?

It’s not uncommon for dental veneers to fall off or become damaged. If this happens, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure that your veneers are repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

If your dental veneer falls off or gets chipped or cracked, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, your dentist may be able to repair the veneer. However, in some cases, replacement may be necessary.

Dental veneers, although durable, are not indestructible. If they fall off or become damaged, it’s important to take action immediately to ensure that your veneers are properly repaired or replaced. Additionally, you should take extra care to prevent them from falling off in the first place.

How Can You Prevent Dental Veneers from Falling Off

Dental veneers are a great way to achieve a beautiful, flawless smile. However, dental veneers can fall off if they are not properly cared for. To prevent this from happening, it is important to take good care of veneers.

Here are a few tips to help prevent your dental veneers from falling off:

Avoid using your teeth as tools

Opening packages using your teeth or biting your nails can put unnecessary stress on the dental veneers, which could cause them to come loose. Loose veneers are more likely to fall off or get damaged.

Be careful with what you eat

Biting into hard foods can put stress on the bond between your tooth and the veneer, causing it to come loose. Avoid crunchy foods like carrots and apples, as well as hard candy. Sticky foods and chewy foods like gum should also be avoided.

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
Be sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. This will help remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums, which can weaken the bond between your tooth and the veneer over a period of time.

Lifestyle Changes
If your lifestyle is causing tooth decay or gum disease, it’s important to make lifestyle changes. Remember that tooth decay and gum disease can weaken the bond between your tooth and the veneer.

See your dentist regularly
It is important to see your dentist twice a year or every six months for a cleaning and checkup. This will help ensure that your oral health is in good condition and that any problems are caught early. Your dentist will also be able to monitor the dental veneers’ condition and ensure they are still securely bonded to your teeth.

Try not to clench or grind your teeth
If you grind your teeth in sleep, ask your dentist about getting a night guard to wear. This will help protect your teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding.

Final Thoughts

Dental veneers are a great way to achieve a beautiful, appealing smile. However, dental veneers can fall off if they are not properly cared for. To prevent this from happening, practising proper oral hygiene is a must. Make sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

If you’re considering dental veneers as a way to achieve your dream smile, go ahead and book an appointment with Karrinyup Dental Centre. Our dentists are experienced in providing beautiful smiles with dental veneers and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision about getting dental veneers, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Karrinyup Dental Centre offers high-quality dental services, including teeth whitening, implants, and more. We have different payment options to make it easy for you to get the dental treatment you need. Book a dental appointment with one of our friendly and competent dentists. Visit our website or call us today at (08) 9341 6233.

Dr. Justin Soon


Dr. Justin Soon

Dr. Justin completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Western Australia. Dr Justin completed his surgical implant training under the mentorship of Dr. Glen Liddelow, Dr. Graham Carmichael, and Dr. Brent Allan at the Branemark Centre.

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