I had veneers 20 years ago and they are cracking apart. What is the best product and solution for this set of teeth?
Best Product and Procedure to Fix Unattractive Teeth?
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Veneers to replace old veneers
When old veneers start to chip and fracture and stain, the best restorative treatment is a new set of veneers. Optimistically thinking, it's great news because our technology in aesthetic dentistry has improved vastly in the last 10-15 years. So your new smile will be even more gorgeous than the one you achieved 20 years ago.
Redo the veneers
A very important step is to determine the reason for the cracks. Do you have a bad bite? Is it a material failure? Any bad habits?
Once this is established, new ones will need to be made. There is no real good way to simply patch or repair veneers, so new ones will be needed. The materials today vs 20 years ago are night and day, but they aren't bulletproof, so the cause of the cracking needs to be addressed. If you do kickboxing or anything else (even sewing, if you put needles between your teeth) that would damage the new veneers, you may need to consider a lifestyle change if you want them to last as long as possible.
Replacement for veneers
When you have veneers that are that old then the only answer is to replace them. I'm sure all the cracks are from again alone and also there is probably decay behind them which leads to cracking due to the face they are not supported from behind. It will be costly but you'll love how the new ones look.
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Mastication and old veneers
The major reason of cracking the veneers after a long time, is changing in your mastication system, spacially grinding and/or loss of occlusal vertical dimension of the teeth. At this case, we should manage grinding of the teeth and restore the occlusion, especially at back molars and prevent trauma to front teeth. Without the molar teeth restoration, the new front teeth at going to be cracked soon.
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