Do porcelain veneers need to be replaced?


First of all, with proper care and maintenance, porcelain veneers can last well over a decade, but sometimes injury, oral health problems, or other circumstances can cause porcelain veneers to need replacement. You can always to learn more about porcelain veneers treatment and replacement, just book a Free Consultation with Dr.Ofir Michael in Boston Area.

When porcelain veneers are kept safe and clean, they will barely accrue any damage or stains over time. In many cases, veneers can last 15 years or longer before any significant changes are noticed. Still, a handful of factors are commonly noted as playing a role in the sudden or gradual decline of a veneer:

  • Cracked or damaged: Although porcelain veneers are durable, they may fracture or crack as a result of facial injury or chewing on hard objects. Broken veneers should be replaced to protect the health of the underlying teeth.

  • Tooth decay: If a tooth develops a cavity or similar complications, any restorations will have to be removed or destroyed in the treatment process. Once the restorative treatment is complete, a new veneer will need to be created and placed.

  • Dental stains: Although porcelain veneers are stain resistant, any neighboring untreated teeth may discolor over time. This can result in a noticeable difference between the color of the veneers and the natural teeth. Veneers do not respond to whitening treatment, so whitening the teeth could also lead to a noticeable difference in color and is not recommended. Instead, porcelain veneers will need to be replaced to ensure even tooth color.

  • Loose veneer: Over time, the dental cement used to bond veneers to the teeth may become loose, allowing bacteria and plaque to lodge beneath the veneers. Loose veneers will need to be replaced to prevent damage or decay to the underlying teeth.

The replacement process for porcelain veneers is similar to the original installation procedure. The entire process usually takes a week or two, with the majority of wait time dependent upon how long it takes the lab to create your veneer(s). You can learn more about exact time of the entire process, just contact Dr.Ofir Michael in Boston Area. Once the replacement veneer is cemented on, you can return to your regular habits without any changes to your lifestyle.

Porcelain veneers do not typically require any special care outside of what you should provide for your regular teeth. However, there are certainly some considerations to keep in mind if you want your veneers to last as long as possible:

  • Maintain good, thorough hygiene on a daily basis

  • Wear a mouth guard during contact sports

  • Do not use your teeth as tools for non-food items

  • Do not chew on non-food items, such as your nails

  • Consider wearing a night guard if you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism)

For more information on how to making your veneers last, schedule your FREE consultation with our veneers specialist in Cambridge MA Dr Michael Ofir today.

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