Anytime you hear somebody looking for a versatile cosmetic dental option that can correct issues with their smile, people always recommend they look into dental veneers. However, many people wonder how long your veneers will last before you need to consider replacing them.
Dr. Brian Gradinger, DMD, ensures that his patients understand that while veneers are considered a permanent treatment due to teeth having to be slightly altered, the veneers usually do not last forever. Here are some signs you should watch for, which may signal that your veneers need to be replaced.
Your Veneers Are Stained
The porcelain used in crafting your veneers does an amazing job of resisting stains. It is actually more resistant than tooth enamel to staining. However, you must still clean your veneers daily to keep them in excellent condition. Seeing your dentist for regularly scheduled cleanings will help remove surface stains from your veneers. Taking these steps will help prevent staining. However, your veneers can still become dull and less brilliantly white as time passes, signaling it may be time to replace them.
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Your Veneers Are Cracked or Chipped
When you bite, there is a lot of force exerted. Veneers are made from very strong dental porcelain but are not invincible. They can still crack and chip. If your veneer becomes cracked or chipped, it must be replaced.
The Underlying Tooth Is Decayed
When others see a treated tooth, they are seeing the veneer. However, your natural tooth is still underneath and on the inside of the mouth and susceptible to decay. While the veneer itself will not succumb to a cavity, if the underlying tooth can become decayed and is not strong enough to maintain it, it may need to be removed so the tooth can be treated. A replacement veneer will then be put in place if the tooth is able to sustain it.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gradinger, DMD, today by calling (661) 450-6650.