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Veneer Vitality: When Is it Time to Replace Your Dental Veneers?

November 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drpeters @ 8:08 pm
A woman smiling with her new dental veneers

While dental veneers can provide a flawless smile for many years, they are not invincible. But how would you know if they need replacement? There are many signs to look out for, some more obvious than others. If you want to learn how to spot replacement-worthy issues in your smile, continue reading. 

The Color Has Begun to Fade

Over time, veneers can lose their luster. If you notice a decline in the vibrancy of your smile, with your once-bright veneers appearing dull or discolored, it’s a clear indicator that they may need replacement. This change in appearance can result from natural wear, staining, or changes in the underlying tooth structure.

Your Veneers Look Damaged

Chips, cracks, or fractures in your veneers compromise not only their appearance but also their functionality. If you notice any damage to your veneers, it’s important to address it quickly. Damaged veneers not only affect your smile’s looks but may also lead to potential oral health issues.

There’s a Gap Between Your Gums and Veneers

As the years pass, the gum line may shift, and the contour of your teeth can change. If you begin to see a gap between your gums and the veneers, it’s a sign that replacement might be necessary.

Your Veneers are Older Than 10 Years

While there is no “definite” age to retire your veneers, they should be examined at least every ten years. Veneers last longer with better oral hygiene habits. Their lifespan can even extend beyond the ten-year mark with proper care.

While they may be made of porcelain, the teeth behind them are not, and need to be brushed, flossed, and checked over.

If you begin to see these signs of wear on your veneers, it may be time to replace them. Contact your dentist and request a veneer consultation to determine your next course of action. They may simply recommend better oral hygiene or have other guidance that will help you preserve your lustrous grin.

About the Author

Thomas G. Peters is a highly skilled dentist who loves bonding with his patients and seeing them grow in confidence. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Since then he has earned the highest award offered by the Academy of General Dentistry by becoming a Master—a distinction only 2% of all dentists in the US have achieved. To schedule an appointment at Farmington Valley Dental, call (860) 677-8500 or visit the website to explore other services.

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