Not everyone is born with a flawless smile. Veneers are a great option to correct minor imperfections and give you the appearance of a straighter, brighter grin. While they may seem like a permanent solution, you will eventually need to have them replaced. Many factors affect the exact lifespan of veneers, which is why it’s essential to understand the signs that their time is coming to an end. Read along for a few signs that indicate you need a replacement.
Signs Your Veneers Need to Be Replaced
Not sure if your veneers need replacement? Here are some signs to look out for:
Veneers Are Dark or Stained
Veneers look, feel, and act like your natural teeth, which means they also darken and stain over time. Excessive consumption of highly pigmented foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, and soda, can lead to a discolored smile. Unfortunately, veneers cannot whiten in the same way as regular teeth. Dental bleaching and vigorously brushing your teeth will not be enough to eliminate these stains. If you want to restore your bright pearly whites, you will need to have them replaced.
Porcelain veneers may be very durable, but they can still become worn out over the years. Chips or cracks are two definite signs that it’s time to get new ones. Although the damage may seem minimal, it could affect your ability to speak and chew.
Underlying Tooth is Decayed
Your underlying tooth needs to be in good health because it must be strong enough to support your veneer. If it becomes decayed, the veneer can start to detach from the tooth. Your dentist will need to treat the decay before installing a replacement.
Gaps Between the Gums and Veneers
Poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease can cause your veneers to separate from the gums, creating a gap or the appearance of gum recession. This is an urgent sign that you need to see your dentist immediately. They can treat the underlying issue causing the separation and replace your veneers to reinstate a beautiful, healthy smile.
Tips to Extend the Life of Your Veneers
The average lifespan for a veneer is about ten years. However, they can last much longer with proper dental care. Here are some tips to help you prolong the lifetime of your pearly whites:
- Don’t use your teeth to open things or bite non-food items
- Avoid tobacco products
- Limit consumption of foods and drinks that stain your teeth (berries, wine, coffee, tea)
- Follow a good oral hygiene routine (brush twice a day and floss daily)
- Regularly visit your dentist for cleanings and checkups
- Wear a mouthguard during full-contact sports to protect your teeth (swimming, hiking, biking, basketball)
If you notice any of these signs, contact your cosmetic dentist to determine if your veneers will need replacement. By switching them out on schedule, you can continuously enjoy a beautiful, confident smile.
About the Author
Dr. Manuel Pazmino, Jr. grew up in a world of dentistry—it was always his destiny to become a dentist. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Pazmino and the team at Pazmino Dentistry offer an array of cosmetic solutions, including porcelain veneers. If you think it’s time to replace your porcelain veneers, schedule an appointment via our website or call (254) 778-3587.