Thin shells of dental ceramic applied over your existing tooth, porcelain veneers are a popular option in the field of cosmetic dentistry these days. They are stain-resistant, durable, and capable of masking flaws and imperfections that have you second-guessing your smile. Veneers are the perfect solution for spacing issues, aesthetic misalignment, and visible cracks. Countless clients have walked out of their dental office overjoyed with their new smile make-over.
Nothing lasts forever, though. Modern porcelain veneers are of excellent quality, and can last for up to 15 years with proper care and hygiene practices, but eventually you will need to seek out replacements.
What causes wear and tear on my veneers?
Grinding the teeth, known formally as bruxism, is one common cause of wear on porcelain veneers. Other causes include chewing on inedible objects like pens and hair pins, ice, or an over-indulgence on hard candies. Aside from high-pressure chewing and grinding, veneers can wear down as a result of poor upkeep. Though the veneers themselves are not at risk of decay, poor oral hygiene can cause the natural tooth to decay, thereby upsetting the fit of the veneer, and causing other oral health issues.
Can my veneers be repaired?
Yes. Cracks and other minor damage sometimes warrant repair rather than full replacement. Special bonding materials are applied directly to the veneer to patch up any damaged areas.
How are my veneers replaced?
The replacement process is very similar to the initial application process, with the addition of a removal phase. Once your original veneer is removed, the teeth are cleaned and prepped for the replacement, often requiring a local anesthetic and shaping. As with your initial procedure, an impression of the tooth is taken so that a new veneer can be created. You will be given temporary teeth that will look like your permanent veneers while you await their completion.
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