If you want to have a smile that looks pristine and perfect, porcelain veneers are a great option to consider. These thin shells of dental ceramic can leave your smile looking just like new. Stains, chips, cracks, and alignment flaws will be hidden away.
While porcelain veneers are versatile and durable, they will need to be replaced eventually. The cosmetic dentistry team at our Lansdale, PA office would like to consider the lifespan of a porcelain veneer and what the replacement process entails.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
For most patients, porcelain veneers will last upon to 10 years. Sometimes the timeframe is shorter and other times a person takes great care of their teeth and extends the lifespan of the veneers by a few years. Overall, though, 10 years is a good average for the lifespan of porcelain veneers.
Causes of Porcelain Veneer Damage
Two common causes of porcelain veneer damage include:
- Natural Wear and Tear - Over time, your porcelain veneers will wear down simply from biting and chewing. This is normal, and even your natural teeth are subject to normal wear and tear over time.
- Dental Trauma - If you are in an accident, have a sports injury, or fall in such a way that you mouth is injured, you may wind up chipping or cracking a porcelain veneer.
Tooth Decay or Damage Beneath a Veneer
In addition to these matters, it’s also possible for a fracture or tooth decay to affect the structure beneath or around the veneer. When this happens, the porcelain veneer will need to be removed and replaced to properly address the issues affecting the health and structure of the tooth.
The Procedure for Replacing a Porcelain Veneer
The process for replacing an old porcelain veneer is much like the process for initially placing a porcelain veneer.
The old veneer is carefully peeled off, and underlying dental adhesive is carefully removed. A little bit of tooth structure may be slightly altered to accommodate the new veneer. An impression is taken of your tooth, and the veneer itself is created in a dental lab.
Once the final replacement veneer is ready, it is sent back to the office to be adhered in place. Your dentist will check the veneer for fit before it gets affixed.
The Results of Porcelain Veneer Replacement
When you get a porcelain veneer replaced, your smile will look just like new. We’ll strive to maintain or even enhance the cosmetic benefits of the previous veneer, allowing you to continue smiling and laughing with confidence for the next 10 years.
Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers
If you want to keep your veneers pristine for as long as possible, consider the following tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a day (ideally after every meal)
- Avoid chewing on hard, inedible objects, such as drinking straws and pens
- Wear mouth, head, and face protection when applicable
- Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Contact the Team at Leading Dental Solutions
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have a perfect smile, be sure to contact the team at Leading Dental Solutions. Our team is here to help you experience improved dental health and a lasting sense of wellness.