One of the great things about living in today’s world is the fact that you don’t need to settle for a smile that you aren’t proud to show off. Thanks to modern dental technology, you can correct flaws in your smile so that you can put it on display for the world. Porcelain veneers are a great option for fixing cosmetic issues, but they don’t last forever. Here are some signs that you should ask your dentist about replacing veneers in your near future.
Your Dental Veneers Are Damaged
Even though dental veneers are made out of durable porcelain, they aren’t completely indestructible. If you notice any cracks, chips, or that they are worn down along the edges or elsewhere, you should have them looked at by your dentist. They will be able to determine the severity of the damage and may recommend that you have them replaced with new veneers.
The Supporting Tooth Is Compromised
In order to have healthy, beautiful veneers, the supporting tooth must be healthy as well. Even when you have veneers, you are still able to experience tooth decay from poor oral hygiene or other reasons. The veneer can even start to separate from the tooth that it’s attached to. If your underlying tooth isn’t healthy, you will need to have it treated before moving forward with cosmetic dentistry.
Your Veneer Is Darkening
In order to adhere the veneer to the front surface of your tooth, a special dental cement is used. It is very effective, but it is still able to naturally darken over time. Eventually, you can even see it through your veneer. There isn’t an effective way to lighten this cement once this happens, so your best option would be to have the veneer and cement removed and have a new one placed.
Stains Are Not Lifting
Porcelain veneers are very resistant to stains, but it can still happen over time. This is especially the case if you like to enjoy coffee, cola, red wine, tea, or acidic foods on the regular. The problem is that veneers cannot be whitened like your tooth enamel can. The only way to remove stains from veneers is through a thorough cleaning.
The Veneer Is Rough Around the Edges
When you eat and chew, your veneers can wear down over time. Afterall, they are put under a lot of pressure on a regular basis. If you notice that they are beginning to lose their shape, veneer replacement may be in your near future.
Porcelain veneers have beautiful results, but they don’t last forever. If you notice any of the issues listed above, it may be time for you to get some new ones. You’ll be proud to show off your smile again in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Megan A. Shelton earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and is committed to completing many hours of continuing education each year to keep her knowledge and skills sharp. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you think you might need new veneers, she would be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Carlsbad, visit her website or call (760) 388-6773.