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Is It Time to Replace Your Veneers? 5 Signs to Look For

February 11, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — santaviccadental @ 4:33 pm
Illustration of veneer being placed on prepared tooth

Veneers are a remarkable cosmetic treatment. One of their most outstanding benefits is the fact that they can last for 10 – 20 years or longer! However, they do eventually reach the end of their lifespan. Is it time to replace your veneers? This blog post explains five signs that you should request a consultation with your cosmetic dentist.

Your Veneers Are Darkening

Most veneers are made of porcelain, which is a nonporous material that is highly resistant to stains; pigments tend to slide right off porcelain veneers. However, that does not mean they are completely invulnerable to discoloration. The bonding material that keeps them in place may start to darken. Or, if a veneer incurs scratches, pigments might collect in the damaged areas.

In some cases, discolored veneers can be fixed, but more often, they should be completely replaced.

Your Veneers Are Damaged

Veneers are remarkably durable, but they are still subject to normal wear and tear. Cracks and chips may occur over time, especially if you regularly bite on hard objects, such as ice or your fingernails. Obvious signs of damage on your veneers might mean that they need to be replaced.

You Are Experiencing Oral Health Problems

Veneers cannot develop cavities. However, the teeth that support them are still susceptible to decay. If you ever develop cavities or other oral health problems near your veneers, the veneers may need to be removed so you can receive necessary treatment. Later, you may be able to receive new veneers.

You Want to Change Your Look

Even if your veneers are still in good shape, you may no longer be in love with the way they look. This can happen sometimes with people who get veneers when they are young. Many young people choose to get bright white veneers. However, as they age, they may be more drawn to a slightly softer, more natural look.

Of course, the decision to replace your veneers solely for aesthetic reasons should not be taken lightly. Your cosmetic dentist can explain the pros and cons of moving forward with treatment.

You Are Unhappy with Your Veneers

The vast majority of dental patients are happy with their veneers. There are rare cases, however, when human error gets in the way of satisfactory treatment. Once in a while, mistakes happen that affect the way veneers look, feel, and function. If that is true of your situation, talk to your dentist and find out what options are available to you.

Is it time to replace your veneers? It might be. Your cosmetic dentist can help you decide whether it is time to update your smile.

Meet the Practice

The talented team of experts in our Lebanon, NH, practice are proud to provide top-quality treatment for our community. Veneers are among the cosmetic services that we offer. If you are thinking about enhancing your smile’s appearance (either by replacing old veneers or getting veneers for the first time), we would be happy to consult with you. Contact Santavicca Dental Professionals at 603-215-7108.

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