Is It Time To Replace Your Veneers?by Dr. Lance R. Panarello
When one of our patients is in the process of making the final decision to get veneers, the same questions are asked: how long will my porcelain veneers last? How durable are porcelain veneers, and will I need to replace my veneers or get them redone within a couple of years? Well, the cosmetic dentists of Dental Health Care Associates want you to be as informed as possible regarding veneers, which is why we discuss replacing your veneers.
Similar to many other products and services you purchase throughout life, there are some dental treatments that do not last 100% perfectly throughout your entire lifetime—and dental veneers are no different. When owning a car, you must perform scheduled maintenance and repairs in order for your car to last many, many years, right? Well, with dental veneers, for instance, they too require maintenance and minimal repairs every once in a while.
Taking care of your veneers
Rest assured, veneers typically last anywhere from 12-20 years, depending on your at-home oral hygiene regime and your eating habits. Important to keep in mind, however, that with normal wear and tear after several years, your veneers could incur slight damage. But don’t worry because that’s where our cosmetic dentists come to the rescue—to redo or replace your veneers!
In order to minimize the chances that you will need to replace your veneers way before the 12-20 years mark, there are some tips for veneers care that you should abide by:
- Limit your consumption of dark-colored beverages, such as colas, tea, coffee, and red wine
- Limit your use of all tobacco products
Prolonged use of these beverages and products can result in your veneers becoming heavily discolored and stained. This could definitely make your veneers look unattractive and unappealing to the naked eye, which is why our dentists replace your veneers so you can once again enjoy the gorgeous results of veneers.
Staining around your veneers
Furthermore, you may find that you need your veneers replaced if the normal tooth structure (underneath your porcelain veneer), or the bonding cement becomes darkened, while the porcelain veneer remains stain-free. Since whitening your veneers is not recommended, we would have to replace your veneers in such instances.
Need your veneers replaced?
Keep in mind, that when you have had veneers for a long duration of time, you may or may not experience any of the previous consequences. Rest assured, if you do, our dentists have the solution! We have experience in replacing veneers, whether they were initially placed by us or by a different dentist. Call us today with any questions you have or to schedule your appointment!