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When Do Veneers Need to Be Replaced?

March 8, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — smiledmd @ 4:05 am

Close up of a veneer next to a woman’s toothPorcelain veneers are an excellent investment because they correct many imperfections using a single procedure. Although veneers are thin, they are durable. They can last for more than a decade with the correct care, but there will come a time when they need to be replaced. Here’s how to tell when you need new ones. 

Signs You Need New Veneers

The average lifespan of a veneer is about 10 years, but they can thrive for much longer. Eventually, your veneers will show signs of failure, which may include: 

  • Damage: Your veneers can show signs of wear and tear over time. They can become worn down, chipped, or fractured.
  • Decay Underneath the Veneer: A veneer can’t get a cavity, but decay can still occur underneath the restoration. Small cracks can develop in the bonding material holding your veneer in place, allowing cavity-causing bacteria to gain access to your tooth.
  • Gum Disease: Gum disease can cause your gum line to recede. This can create a gap between the veneer and your gum line. 
  • Wrong Size Veneers: If your veneers weren’t measured correctly, they may not fit right. This can cause discomfort and other issues if they aren’t replaced.
  • Improper Application: If your veneers weren’t installed correctly, you may need to have them reapplied.

How to Get the Most from Your Veneers

You can ensure your dazzling smile lasts for years by taking time to care for your teeth and gums.

  • Use the Correct Products: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth. Avoid any abrasive products because they can scratch your restorations. Not only can this make them look discolored, but food residue can get trapped in the crevasses, which can damage them over time.
  • Brush Twice Daily: Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice per day, if not after every meal.
  • Floss Daily: Floss your teeth daily to remove food residue and plaque your toothbrush couldn’t reach.
  • Watch What You Eat: Limit sugars and starches to protect your smile from cavities. Moderate hard and chewy foods to prevent damaging your veneers.
  • Break Bad Habits: Stop any bad habits that can harm your teeth, like crunching ice or chewing on your fingernails.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Schedule a cleaning and checkup with your dentist every 6 months. They’ll keep your teeth and gums healthy to keep your veneers looking their best.

Veneers are a cost-effective solution to enhance your smile. You won’t need multiple or lengthy procedures to turn the smile of your dreams into reality. You can enjoy long-lasting results using one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.

About Dr. Maria Vargas

Dr. Vargas earned her dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and has regularly continued her education in various specialties, including Invisalign and cosmetic dentistry. Book an appointment through her website or call her office at (617) 977-5235.

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