Porcelain Veneers Replacement
A smile is usually the first thing people notice, which is why many people consider cosmetic dental work. Porcelain veneers can conceal cracks, gaps, and chips, and even alter the size and shape of a tooth. They can help patients attain the smile they’ve always dreamed of. It’s no surprise that porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures today.
However, just like any other product you purchase, veneers are not guaranteed to last for life. In fact, porcelain veneers do require some maintenance over the course of time. Veneers can become discolored and dull. Sometimes they may even chip. While replacement is usually not necessary for many years, it’s still necessary to ensure your smile remains beautiful. And if repairs are neglected, patients could require complete replacement sooner rather than later.
The dental professionals at Silvers Family Dental Care in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are experienced in porcelain veneers replacement and can help patients restore their smiles for a glowing appearance.
How Do I Know If My Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
Porcelain veneers generally last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on oral health and eating habits. However, patients can opt to replace their veneers at any time. Some may want to change the shade and go for a brighter, white smile, while others may want to replace veneers that have been fractured due to an accident.
Porcelain is resistant to staining. In fact, if you are experiencing dullness or staining, you may just need a professional polish. Still, if patients regularly consume foods and drinks that stain the teeth, or use abrasive products that dull the finish of the veneers, they can become discolored. In addition, if the underlying tooth begins to decay, or the bonding cement begins to darken, the veneers must be replaced.
What Is the Procedure Like?
First, the cosmetic dentist loosen the cement that was used on the original veneers, and remove any remaining cement that was placed on the surface of the tooth. In some cases, a layer of tooth is removed in order to clear all of the bonding cement from the surface. This may take longer than it did to originally bond the veneer to the tooth in the first place. The dentist must make sure that the underlying tooth is not damaged in the process. Once the old veneer is removed, the dentist can begin the process of adding the new porcelain shells.
If a patient decides to renew their smile by replacing their porcelain veneers, they should follow a few simple rules to keep their teeth looking shiny and new for a longer period of time.
To lower the chances of replacement, patients should abide by these rules:
- Limit consumption of dark or sugary beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and red wine.
- Reduce use of tobacco products and smoking
- Do not bite into hard or crunchy foods such as apples, candy, or pretzels.
- Avoid at home tooth whitening products
Silvers Family Dental Care is a trusted provider of restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Its team of experienced dentists is devoted to helping you renew your smile and your confidence. If you wish to schedule a consultation or learn more about veneers replacement, please contact the office today.