Keep Your Smile At Its Best: When Should Porcelain Veneers Be Replaced?

Aug 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM — by Lauren Shanard

A woman with bright, white teeth, pointing at her smilePorcelain veneers are a popular treatment for masking flaws and improving smiles. Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last well over ten years if well cared for. Though the lifespan of porcelain veneers is greatly affected by proper care and maintenance, even the best cared for veneers will likely need replacement. Williston cosmetic dentist Sharon J. Shanard offers this overview to help you understand when porcelain veneers need replacement. 

What Shortens the Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers?

The way in which porcelain veneers are cared for can help veneers last well over ten years or can cause them to require replacement early on. Proper care is important to ensuring a long life for your veneers and your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups, is the best way to keep your veneers at their best. You can also help increase the life of your porcelain veneers by avoiding the following pitfalls:

  • Don't chew on pen caps or other hard objects: Chewing on pen caps, ice, or fingernails can damage veneers by causing them to chip.
  • Don't skip brushing and flossing: Even when veneers are in place, the natural teeth are still vulnerable to decay. Brushing and flossing regularly are important to keeping the teeth free from cavities.
  • Don't skip regular dental exams: Regular dental exams should never be skipped. Regular dental exams allow your dentist to treat problems at their earliest stages, whether those problems are affecting your natural teeth or veneers.
  • Don't brush too aggressively: Aggressive brushing can result from applying too much physical pressure, using a hard bristled brush, or using an overly abrasive toothpaste. Whatever the cause, aggressive brushing can dislodge veneers and damage dental enamel.

Porcelain Veneers Replacement

Porcelain veneers may require replacement for a number of reasons, even well-cared for veneers. Some reasons porcelain veneers may need to be replaced include:

  • General wear and tear: Even with proper care, porcelain veneers will not last forever. Most well-cared for veneers have a general lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
  • Injury: Facial injury can break or damage porcelain veneers, causing them to require replacement.
  • Tooth decay: Porcelain veneers only cover the front surface of the teeth, leaving the back vulnerable to decay. When tooth decay is present, the veneer may need to removed and replaced in order for cavities to be treated.
  • Damaged veneer: Chewing on metal pen caps, fingernails, or ice can crack or fracture veneers. If this happens, the veneer will need to be replaced.
  • Color changes in natural teeth: Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, but over time may lead to a noticeable color difference between the veneers and natural teeth. Color differences can also result from teeth whitening since porcelain veneers do not whiten with bleaching treatments. The veneers will need to be replaced to correct the color difference.
  • Loosened veneer: Veneers may loosen over time, allowing plaque and bacteria to collect between the veneer and natural tooth. This can lead to bigger problems down the line, so loose veneers should be repaired or replaced immediately.

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