Porcelain Veneers Replacement: A Makeover for Your Smile Makeover

A woman in a white room smilingThe entire team at Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates has helped patients in the greater Wilmington area achieve excellent dental health and wellness. When addressing predominantly cosmetic/aesthetic issues, one of the ideal options is the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry solution and a key part in smile makeover treatments.

Many patients wonder how long their porcelain veneers will last. We'd like to take a moment right now to address these matters so you have a realistic understanding about the nature of porcelain veneers.

About Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are used to conceal the front portions of people's teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to make a smile look pristine and perfect.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

In general, porcelain veneers are able to last about 10 years. With good dental hygiene and attentiveness, a person's porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years.

Keep in mind that the replacement of porcelain veneers is normal and not something unexpected. This is just a natural part of the treatment process.

Causes of Porcelain Veneer Damage

There are many different causes of damage and wear to porcelain veneers. These include the following:

  • Regular wear and tear – While porcelain veneers are durable, they are not indestructible. If something can damage your tooth structure, your porcelain veneers can be damaged as well.
  • Injury to the mouth – Injury to the mouth sustained during an accident or an assault can cause major damage to your teeth as well as your porcelain veneers.
  • Tooth grinding – Tooth grinding won't just increase the likelihood of a TMJ disorder, it can also lead to damage of your porcelain veneers.
  • Chewing on inedible objects – Chewing on pen caps and fingernails isn't just a bad habit, it may also be the cause of major damage to your porcelain veneers.

Replacement Due to Tooth Damage or Tooth Decay

In addition to damage of your porcelain veneers, your veneers may need to be replaced in order to address tooth damage or tooth decay. The porcelain veneers are removed in order to restore the teeth in such cases before a new veneers is then set in place.

The Porcelain Veneer Replacement Procedure

When you need to have your porcelain veneers replaced, the process is much like the initial placement of the original porcelain veneers. The original veneers are first removed and the tooth structure below it cleaned and, if need be, prepped. An impression is then taken of the teeth from which the new veneers are crafted. When ready, the new porcelain veneers are then carefully adhered to the fronts of the teeth.

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers

The following basics will help you prolong the life of your porcelain veneers:

  • Wear mouth protection when playing contact or combat sports
  • Do not chew on objects that are not meant to be chewed
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups

Learn More About Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment

To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they may be the ideal treatment option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Emmi and his entire team are here for you to ensure that you smile looks its very best and is as healthy as can be.