Dr. John Van is a leading dentist in Mountain View, offering his patients some of the finest dental care services in the area. One of these great treatment options at the practice involves porcelain veneers, a cosmetic smile makeover treatment nicknamed “instant orthodontics“.
While porcelain veneers can make a smile look brand new, the veneers themselves aren’t always going to brand new. Let’s consider the process of replacing porcelain veneers and why it’s necessary.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
The exact lifespan of porcelain veneers can vary from patient to patient, but in most cases, porcelain veneers last about 10 to 15 years. At a certain point, a patient will need to have their porcelain veneers replaced to prolong the aesthetic benefits.
Why Do Porcelain Veneers Need to Be Replaced?
While porcelain veneers are quite durable, they do not last forever. Regular wear and tear on the veneer will take its toll, just as it would your natural tooth structure. If there are any dental injuries sustained, these can similarly lead to minor damage of the porcelain veneer.
In addition to wear and tear, dentists may have to remove a veneer for issues affecting the natural tooth structure. If a tooth is decayed or damaged and has a veneer in place, the veneer may have to be removed in order to address the wellness issue. Similarly, the natural tooth structure may be discolored or stained in some fashion. To address the cosmetic staining, the veneer may have to be removed.
The Process for Replacing Porcelain Veneers
The process of replacing a porcelain veneer is, in a number of ways, just like getting the veneer placed initially.
The dentist must first carefully remove the original porcelain veneer, which is done very carefully so as not to affect the underlying tooth structure. With the veneer removed, the dentist cleans the tooth and then preps it This may involve the removal of just a bit of tooth structure to accommodate the new veneer or to address underlying structural issues. An impression is then taken of the prepped tooth. The impression is sent to a dental lab for the veneer to be crafted.
When the new veneer is finished (a process that can take a week to 10 days), the patient return to the practice to have the final veneer placed. Dentists always check for proper fit before adhering the veneer on the tooth.
What Are the Results Like?
The results of getting a new porcelain veneers are excellent. Patients are able to smile with confidence knowing that any cosmetic and health issues have been full addressed. The new veneer will last another 10 to 15 years with proper care.
Tips for Keeping Your Porcelain Veneers Their Best
To keep your porcelain veneers lasting as long as possible, it’s important to consider the following tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products
- Wear mouth protection when playing sports
- Do not chew on hard or inedible objects
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you would like to learn more about the replacement of porcelain veneers and how you can have the best smile possible, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentist today. Dr. Van and his entire team are here to help you smile with confidence.