Porcelain veneers are strong and created to last. With proper maintenance, a porcelain veneer can last about 10 years before replacement becomes necessary.
However, there are cases in which veneers require replacement earlier. An accident or poor aftercare may cause a veneer to become chipped or otherwise damaged. Or your real tooth may develop decay. In some cases, patients have cosmetic reasons for wanting to replace their veneers.
Whatever the reason, our Long Island cosmetic dentistry office offers skilled porcelain veneers replacement.
Why Replace Veneers?
Though durable, veneers can get damaged or, even with proper maintenance, simply need to be replaced due to everyday wear and tear. Here are some reasons why a veneer may need to be replaced or repaired:
The Veneer Is Chipped, Cracked, Or Wears Down
Just like teeth, veneers can be damaged by biting down on hard objects. If you bite your fingernails or clamp down on pens, you run the risk of chipping a veneer. The same goes for chewing ice. We advise our patients to overcome these bad habits.
Grinding your teeth at night may also damage your veneers (along with your teeth), so you should investigate getting a properly fitted nightguard.
The Veneer Pops Off
Although this is a rare event, it can happen. An accident to your mouth could cause a veneer to come off. Another possibility is a poorly attached veneer, which is why you should seek out a skilled cosmetic dentist when having veneers placed.
A Gap Develops
If you do not take care of your mouth with regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist, plaque buildup can lead to gum disease. When this happens, gums recede, exposing an unsightly gap between the veneers and gums. This may require a gum grafting procedure, as well as removal of the veneers and new ones fitted to close the gap. Taking care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid this scenario.
Veneers don’t decay, but the tooth beneath it can. If this happens, the veneer may need to be removed so your dentist can treat the tooth. Again, good oral care can help you avoid this scenario. Floss daily and use a soft toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth daily. Please ask our team for our toothpaste recommendations. Using abrasive toothpaste will dull your veneers.
Though veneers resist stains, your teeth are still susceptible. That becomes evident when your teeth change color and your veneers don’t. Over time, veneers may no longer match the color of your teeth. The bonding material used to attach your veneers to your teeth is also susceptible to changes in color. If this happens, you may need to replace your veneers so they match the color or your teeth.
You can lessen the chances of discoloration by avoiding products that stain your teeth. This includes avoiding wine, coffee, tea and any other products that stain, such as tobacco.
Sometimes patients dislike their results. Perhaps the veneers are the wrong size or fit improperly, causing discomfort. For this reason, it’s important to go to a skilled cosmetic dentist.
Find Out More about Veneers
If you have a problem with your porcelain veneers, or just questions, please contact us for information to help you decide on next steps. We would be happy to advise you on the right choice for you and your lifestyle.