Should I Replace My Porcelain Veneers?

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Porcelain veneers are a wonderful option for individuals who want to fix gaps between their teeth, cracks or chips, as well as change the shape of their teeth. Keep in mind that just like all dental work, porcelain veneers don’t last forever, which means at some point you’ll need to replace your veneers.

When properly taken care of by the patient and installed correctly by a professional cosmetic dentist, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Yet over time wear and tear can occur. At Chicago Smile Spa, we want to make sure you’re aware of the signs that point to the need to schedule an appointment for replacement veneers.

When replacement veneers are necessary

  • Chips and cracks are found. Porcelain is a great option because it’s durable and mimics the look and feel of real enamel. However, it isn’t as strong as enamel. If you accidentally bite into something and chip or crack the veneer, it’s important to get a replacement as soon as possible. Also porcelain can wear down and may begin to expose the tooth behind it.
  • Tooth decay sets in. Just because there’s a layer of porcelain on the front of your tooth that’s immune to cavities and decay, doesn’t mean the natural tooth behind it is. Patients with porcelain veneers should always thoroughly brush and floss their teeth to avoid tooth decay. If tooth decay does set in, the veneer will need to be taken off and replaced after Dr. Alfe treats the original tooth.
  • Receding gums occur. Gum recession is caused by a multitude of reasons, include poor dental hygiene and even genetics. If you’ve had porcelain veneers placed on your teeth and over time notice that the edges of the veneers are showing, this is a sign of receding gums. Dr. Alfe will need to remove and replace the existing veneer with one this is refitted to match the shape of your tooth.

If you’ve opted for porcelain veneers from another cosmetic dentist, there may be a chance that they were installed improperly or that they weren’t the right size for your tooth to begin with. After an initial consultation and assessment from Dr. Alfe here at Chicago Smile Spa, she’ll be able to tell you the possible cause as to why you need a replacement. Schedule your consultation today!

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