When To Replace Your Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are an excellent option for people looking to improve their smile dramatically. Veneers are a thin shell that your dentist will bond to the surface of your teeth, significantly improving your smile’s appearance.
Dental veneers are very durable and can last for a decade or more before they need to be replaced. However, they don’t last forever; you’ll eventually need new ones.
We want you to look and feel your best and for your smile to always look amazing. Below, we will share the most common signs that it is time to consider replacing your dental veneers.
Types of Dental Veneers
There are three types of dental veneers which are commonly used such as the following:
- Porcelain veneers are very common, have the most natural appearance, and can last up to 20 years when cared for properly.
- Composite veneers are resin-based and used less frequently, lasting between 4 to 8 years. They are less expensive than porcelain, making them a popular choice for those on a budget.
- No prep veneers do not require extensive prep work to be done before being installed onto your teeth. No prep veneers will help preserve your tooth enamel while improving your smile. It is a less invasive procedure and requires less time.
Most Common Signs That It Is Time To Replace Your Dental Veneers
There are obvious reasons, such as your veneers becoming loose or falling off altogether, that indicate that it is time to replace them. Below are other common signs that it is also time to get new dental veneers.
#1. Your Dental Veneers are Getting Darker
When your dentist bonds the veneers to your teeth, they use dental cement, ensuring they stay connected to your teeth for many years. However, the glue will naturally darken over time, making it more visible through the veneer. The only option for reversing the discoloration is to have your dentist apply new cement to bond your veneers to your teeth.
#2. Your Dental Veneers Become Stained
Modern dental veneers are made of porcelain, making them more stain-resistant. However, if your surfaces have minor scratches from the daily use of abrasive oral hygiene products, plaque and food particles may become trapped in the tiny crevices, causing them to appear discolored.
Also, your underlying teeth may remain susceptible to staining from dark, pitted, pigmented drinks and foods you consume. If your natural teeth become discolored, it can also cause your veneers to look darker. Unfortunately, whitening products will not affect the color of your veneers, and replacing them is the best solution to give you the brighter, whiter smile you love.
#3. Your Dental Veneers Develop Rough Edges
Routine activities, such as biting down and chewing, may cause the edges of your veneers to wear down, and the surfaces may even become cracked or chipped. If your dental veneers are rough around the edges or have cracks or chips, these are obvious signs that it is time to replace them. If you notice that the surface of your veneers is rough when you run your tongue over them, it is time to call your cosmetic dentist for an appointment.
#4. Your Dental Veneers Have Space Between the Veneer and the Gum
Gum, disease, and poor oral hygiene can cause your gum tissue to recede, leaving a space between your gums and veneers. Sometimes, this type of decay will also cause a gap. Work with your dentist to address your underlying oral health issues and replace your veneers to keep your smile beautiful and natural.
#5. Your Dental Veneers have Visible Damage
Modern dental veneers are very durable. However, they aren’t indestructible, and it is essential to know how to maintain them so that your veneers last as long as possible. Over time, you may notice visible damage to your mirrors, and when that happens, it is time to have new ones made by your cosmetic dentist to ensure you have a smile you love that appears natural and beautiful.
Causes of Veneer Damage
Several things can lead to damaging dental veneers, including the following:
- Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can damage your teeth veneers and cause jaw pain, headaches, or aches. If you’re scratching your teeth, you should see your dentist for a check-up.
- Trauma or accidents may lead to damaging your veneers if you have an accident or fall.
- Poor oral hygiene can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth and cause your veneers to become discolored or stained.
- Things that cause staining or discoloration to your teeth and veneers include smoking, dark-pigmented foods and beverages, poor hygiene, certain medications, and age.
Regarding your teeth, staying proactive and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups will ensure your veneers and teeth remain in excellent condition. If you’re unsure whether your veneers are ready to be replaced, consult your cosmetic dentist to give you their professional opinion.
Are Your Dental Veneers Ready To Be Replaced? Carrie Muzny DDS Can Help!
At Carrie Muzny DDS, we can help determine if your veneers need to be replaced and address all of your oral health needs. We offer preventative and restorative dentistry, cosmetic surgery, professional teeth whitening and porcelain veneers, and family dentistry.
Our professional team of highly trained dentists will ensure that you and your family receive excellent, compassionate treatment and leave with a smile you love.
We offer the finest dental care in The Woodlands area and will help you feel and look your best. Contact us today to book an appointment or consultation, and we will create the best treatment plan to meet your oral health needs.