When Do Porcelain Veneers Have to be Replaced?
Porcelain veneers are particularly effective at covering up any imperfections you may have involving your teeth. They are capable of concealing teeth that have chips, gaps, and stains. They can even be used as a form of instant orthodontics, in which they can correct the aesthetics of a tooth that is crooked. With proper care, porcelain veneers are capable of lasting up to twenty years. There are a few reasons why your veneers could possibly need to be replaced before then, though.
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable, but they are unfortunately not invincible. If you chew on hard objects such as ice, pen caps, or your fingernails, it is possible to chip or break your veneers. If you suffer from bruxism, it is important that you wear a night guard in order to protect your veneers from clenching and grinding forces. Over time, this intense pressure could weaken or damage your veneers. If the veneers were not originally bonded to your teeth properly, there is a risk that they will fall off prematurely. Since some of your tooth enamel has been removed in order to place the veneers, a veneer that has fallen off will need to be replaced by our porcelain veneers dentist.
While veneers are resistant to decay, your natural teeth are still very much vulnerable to its effects. The same holds true for stains. If the natural tooth behind the veneer is discolored by stains or decay, it can shine through the veneer and ruin its aesthetics. In these instances, you may need to replace your veneer as well. The good news is that all it takes to properly maintain your veneers is regular brushing and flossing, along with a visit to the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. These steps will ensure both the health of your veneers and your natural teeth, securing a long lifespan for your veneers.
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