Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to address cosmetic imperfections that mar a person's smile. We can use them at our Chicago cosmetic dentistry center to address many kinds of cosmetic flaws, including:
- Tooth discoloration
- Tooth gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Smile asymmetry
Porcelain veneers can last a while, but they will need replacement at a certain point. Let's consider why that is, the reasons for porcelain veneer replacement, and what the replacement process entails.
How Durable Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very durable, but they are not indestructible. Gradual wear and tear or sudden physical trauma can affect veneers like they would other materials or your natural tooth structure.
How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?
With proper dental care and careful preventative care, porcelain veneers will typically last for about 10 to 15 years. At that point, replacement will be recommended.
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers Replacement
Some of the most common reasons for porcelain veneer replacement include the following:
Natural Wear and Tear – Normal wear and tear can take its toll on the veneers. After many years, new veneers will look better and will be sturdier.
Damage to the Porcelain Veneer – When a porcelain veneer is chipped or cracked, replacing it is a good option to consider for improved aesthetics.
Decay or Damage to a Tooth – When a tooth is fractured or has developed tooth decay, it may be necessary to remove a porcelain veneer in order to fix the tooth. A new veneer can be placed once the necessary dental work is completed.
Other Dental Health Issues – Other dental health issues, such as root canal infections, severe gum disease or recession, and so forth may require the removal of a porcelain veneer for proper dental treatment.
The Process for Replacing Porcelain Veneers
The process for replacing porcelain veneers is similar to the process for initially placing porcelain veneers.
The old veneers are first carefully removed, with the surface of the tooth cleaned off. Dentists will then prep the tooth for a new veneer, which may require removal of just a small sliver of tooth structure. An impression is then taken of the prepped tooth, with the new veneer crafted from this impression.
When the new veneer is completed, it is sent to the practice. The fit of the new veneer is checked one last time before it is securely adhered in place. Your smile will look as good as new.
Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers
To prolong the life of your porcelain veneers, consider the following dental care tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
- Wear face and mouth protection when applicable
- Avoid soft drinks and sugary snacks
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how you can make your smile look its very best, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. The team at our practice will recommend the ideal cosmetic dentistry treatment for you and your needs.