When to Replace Porcelain Veneers

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Porcelain veneers have an average ten to fifteen year life-span. But the exact time to replace veneers depends on each individual patient. Replacement depends on a variety of factors, including a patient’s tooth-care regimen. After all, brushing and flossing are just as important for teeth with porcelain veneers as they are for natural teeth. Avoiding sugary, cavity-causing foods is important as well.

Current technology makes porcelain teeth strong, but patients should still avoid products that stain teeth such as soda or alcohol, which are also corrosive, and can dissolve the bond between a natural tooth and the veneer covering it. Habits such as tooth grinding, or chewing on nails can cause chips or worn edges. All of these elements can make the time-line for replacing veneers move more rapidly.

You’ll know when it’s time to replace veneers if they’ve become worn, chipped, or discolored. Just like initial placement, replacing veneers involves your dentist taking an impression of your teeth to create new veneers, and bonding that new veneer to your existing tooth surface. Remember, once veneers have been placed, it’s a permanent alteration to your teeth, and replacing them, whenever the time is right, is a part of your dental health.