Porcelain Veneers Replacement - Plymouth, NH
If you suffer from chips, cracks, stains, or gaps, you may not need an extreme dental makeover to enhance your smile and fix these flaws. Instead, your problems could be treated with porcelain veneers. Plymouth, NH cosmetic dentist Dr. Joan Kirschner has used veneers to achieve smile makeover results in just a matter of two weeks.
Porcelain veneers are durable and effective, but they will eventually need to be replaced. Let’s consider the average lifespan of porcelain veneers and what patients can expect during the porcelain veneers replacement process.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
On average, porcelain veneers last around 10 to 15 years. This assumes that patients take proper care of their porcelain veneers and that patients do not have serious accidents that affect the condition of their teeth or their veneers.
Causes of Porcelain Veneer Damage
Porcelain veneers can be damaged for all sorts of reasons. This includes:
- Regular wear and tear
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Accidents while eating
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Physical trauma to the face or mouth
In essence, a porcelain veneers can become damaged by the same sorts of things that would damage your natural teeth.
We should also note that a porcelain veneer may need to be replaced to address a dental health issue with the underlying tooth structure.
Consultation to Discuss Veneer Replacement
When you stop by Plymouth General Dentistry for a consultation, we can examine your veneers to determine if they should be replaced. This exam will note the way they look but more importantly their overall structure and condition.
If your porcelain veneers need replacement, we can discuss what step comes next to get the veneers replaced. We may find that your porcelain veneers have another year or so before replacement is necessary, and we can let you know if that is the case as well.
What to Expect When Getting New Porcelain Veneers
The process for getting new porcelain veneers is similar to the initial procedure for placing a veneer. First, the old veneers need to be removed. The teeth are then cleaned and prepped. A new impression is taken of your teeth so the replacement veneers can be custom fashioned at a dental lab.
The new veneer is completed and is sent back to the practice so it can be placed. That takes about two weeks after the first porcelain veneers visit. We’ll check the fit and appearance once last time before it is securely adhered. That’s all there is to it.
Proper Aftercare of New Porcelain Veneers
New veneers will also last around 10 to 15 years. The best way to care for your new veneers and ensure a long lifespan is to follow these tips for aftercare:
- Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Use a non-abrasive gel toothpaste when cleaning your teeth
- Brush and floss regularly each day
- Wear mouth, face, and head protection to prevent direct trauma to the teeth
- Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
If you would like more information about porcelain veneers and how they can benefit you, be sure to contact Plymouth General Dentistry. Our team is here to help. You can reach our office by phone at (603) 536-4301.