The Lifespan of Veneers and Why They Need to Be Replaced
Have you been fitted for veneers at some point in the past? Well, it may be time to have them replaced. Many patients have the common misconception that veneers are a permanent procedure that does not need to be replaced. While they are a long-lasting solution to many oral conditions, they are not permanent and will need to be replaced to preserve their integrity and the overall aesthetics of your smile.
Why Do I Need to Replace My Veneers?
Veneers will usually need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, so it is not something that you’ll need to worry about if you recently had a veneer placed. However, this can vary depending on your unique lifestyle choices and oral health care. Just because it is not a real tooth, it should be cared for and cleaned as one; otherwise, you can expect to replace it much sooner!
As you may know, veneers can be made up of different materials, but the most common are porcelain veneers. They are the most widely used choice because resemble real teeth very closely and can be extremely durable and stain-resistant. However, this does not mean that they can’t develop discoloration or worn edges.You May Also Like: “How to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Porcelain Veneers”
Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth often? You may have bruxism. In many cases, patients are not aware that they are even causing damage to their jaw, as bruxism often presents itself while patients are asleep. Your dentist can identify symptoms of bruxism, or teeth grinding, and help offer solutions to correct it. Bruxism can contribute to the cracking, chipping, or wear-and-tear of porcelain veneers and other foreign materials in the mouth, such as fillers for cavities.
Do you smoke cigarettes or drink coffee or red wine regularly? You may be unknowingly contributing to the discoloration of your veneers. Despite porcelain being fairly stain-resistant, things like caffeine can cause stains to develop. For many patients, they find that the surrounding teeth have experienced a discoloration as well, causing the veneers to be drastically different in appearance. Additionally, corrosive beverages like sodas can wear down the bond between the veneers and the tooth underneath. This can lead to the veneer loosening and eventually popping off.You May Also Like: “3 Reasons Why Your Teeth Might Be Discolored”
Chewing on pen caps or ice cubes can be a stress reliever for some, but it can be extremely harmful to your mouth. In addition to potentially scratching up your cheeks or hurting your gums, you can also damage your teeth by chewing things that are not food. If you have a tendency to pop things in your mouth, consider carrying around some gum or sunflower seeds. Otherwise, you could find yourself cracking a veneer – or worse, a tooth!
What Do I Do If I Lose a Veneer?
Perhaps you have already lost a veneer or recently felt one of your veneers crack or chip. Dr. Acosta advises all patients to call their dentist immediately to set up an appointment to have it corrected. Because your teeth are physically modified to accommodate them comfortably in your mouth, you will have to replace any lost or damaged veneers.
The process to replace your porcelain veneers is very similar to the initial fitting procedure. If your veneers are still bonded to your teeth, your dentist will have to successfully remove them before they can take a new impression of your tooth. You will likely be fitted with a temporary crown while your new veneer is being made. Once completed, your replacement veneer will be bonded to your tooth, just like the original.
Don’t Hesitate – Talk to Your Dentist Today!
Living with a broken or chipped veneer can be painful and it can be nearly impossible to have full use of your mouth. Upon discovering a lost or broken veneer, contact your dentist immediately to make plans to correct it. If you are in the Palm Beach area and are looking for an experienced dentist, contact Acosta Dental Arts, PA to schedule your Free Smile Assessment today!