Replacing Worn Porcelain Veneers
By Andrew Mortensen, DDS on December 31, 2013
One of the best options out there for advanced smile makeover treatment is porcelain veneers. Many dental health professionals use porcelain veneers because they are so versatile, allowing people with flawed smiles to achieve the smiles of their dreams. When you meet with a cosmetic dentist, you'll be able to learn more about porcelain veneers and what they can do for you.
With all this in mind, we should note that porcelain veneers have a finite lifespan. Let's take this opportunity to consider the nature of porcelain veneers and what the repair and replacement process for porcelain veneers will entail.
About Porcelain Veneers
Some basics first. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of specially crafted dental ceramic that are designed to block cosmetic dental flaws from view. Porcelain veneers are commonly used to treat:
- Teeth that are chipped
- Teeth that are cracked
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Teeth that are poorly spaced
- Teeth that are uneven or misaligned
When in place, the porcelain veneers blend in seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. In natural light and artificial light, people will not be able to tell that you have porcelain veneers in place.
How long will porcelain veneers last?
While porcelain veneers can technically last indefinitely, they generally last around 10 to 15 years. With good care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
Common Reasons for Porcelain Veneer Replacement
Some of the most common reasons for porcelain veneer replacement include:
- Normal wear and tear from chewing and biting
- Tooth decay around the porcelain veneer
- Damage to the porcelain veneer from accidents
- Discoloration of the natural tooth structure around the porcelain veneer
Repairing Porcelain Veneers
Sometimes porcelain veneers will become damaged in some way but will require repair rather than complete replacement. In these cases, the porcelain veneer will be restored using boding materials. These will be applied to the porcelain veneers themselves in order to mask cracks and chips.
Replacing Porcelain Veneers
When porcelain veneers need to be replaced, it essentially involves a repeat of the initial porcelain veneers process. The old porcelain veneer is carefully removed from the tooth, with the dentist preserving as much tooth material as possible. A new impression is taken of the tooth, and it is from this new impression that the replacement porcelain veneer is crafted.
Tips for Prolonging the Lift of Porcelain Veneers
Prevention and prolonging the life of any dental appliance is always best for lasting dental health and aesthetics. Here are some common sense tips to help you make your porcelain veneers last their longest:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss every night (ideally after every meal)
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups
- Do not chew on objects that aren't meant to be chewed
- Wear mouth protection while playing contact or combat sports
Learn More About Cosmetic Dentistry
For more information about porcelain veneers and your many options out there for effective smile makeover treatment, be sure to contact our Fountain Valley cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and smile appearance.
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