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A Makeover for a Smile Makeover: Porcelain Veneers Replacement

Dr. Hellwig Aug 7, 2016

Placing a porcelain dental veneerThe people of San Diego have so much to smile about. We're one of America's best cities, what with great weather, ample beaches and outdoor activities, and friendly people wherever you are. Yet tooth decay, crooked teeth, and gum disease can leave you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.

Cosmetic and restorative procedures such as porcelain dental veneers can make a big difference. We'd like to consider the impact that porcelain veneers can have on someone's smile and then consider why veneers will need to be replaced periodically.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to mask cosmetic imperfections of a tooth. These veneers are tooth-colored and semi-translucent, which means they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth in natural light and artificial light. When a porcelain veneer is in place, you can smile with absolute confidence.

Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment option for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Tooth gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Uneven tooth size

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

While porcelain veneers are quite durable, they do not last forever. The average lifespan for porcelain veneers is typically about 10 years.

Reasons for Porcelain Veneer Replacement

Porcelain veneers may be subject to wear and tear just like your natural teeth. This means porcelain veneers can become worn down, chipped, or cracked with time. This will necessitate replacement. Sudden damage to the veneer as a result of sports injuries or vehicles accidents may also necessitate replacement of the veneer.

If tooth decay or damage occurs on a tooth with a porcelain veneer, it may be necessary to remove the veneer, especially if the tooth decay or damage is around or beneath the veneer. A dentist cannot access the compromised tooth structure with the veneer in place. To restore the tooth, the veneer must first be removed and then replaced.

The Replacement Process for Porcelain Veneers

The replacement process for porcelain veneers is similar to the initial placement of the veneer. The old veneer is carefully removed and the tooth surface cleaned off. A small amount of tooth structure may need to be removed from the tooth to accommodate the new veneer. An impression is taken of the tooth so that the veneer can be custom fabricated for proper fit. When the new veneer is ready, it can be adhered in place.

How Long Will My New Porcelain Veneers Last?

Just like you original porcelain veneers, the lifespan of the new porcelain veneers will generally be about 10 years.

Tips for Prolonging Condition of Porcelain Veneers

To prolong the life of you porcelain veneers, 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)
  • Wear mouth protection during sports
  • Avoid smoking and tobacco products
  • Do not snack on sugar foods and junk foods
  • Reduce your consumption of soda
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can enhance your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We will work with you to ensure your smile looks its absolute best.

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