Expanding Porcelain Veneers Lifespan and Understanding Replacement

Porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile. By placing thin shells of porcelain on the front of your teeth, your cosmetic dentist can cover embarrassing flaws such as cracks, stains, and misshapen teeth. Before placing porcelain veneers, Dr. David Redford will remove a thin layer of enamel to make room for the porcelain. Although this step is perfectly safe, it does permanently alter the structure of your teeth. When your veneers reach the end of their lifespan, you cannot choose to go without them. Fortunately, our Denver practice offers outstanding porcelain veneers replacement. Whether you received your first set of veneers here or elsewhere, Dr. Redford can help you maintain your beautiful, enhanced smile.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The lifespan of veneers is different for each patient. Dental researchers have conducted multiple studies with varying results. Most experts agree that dental veneers last an average of 10 years. Some veneers, however, can last 20 years or longer.

Extending the Lifespan of Your Veneers

Of course, the better your dental maintenance, the longer your veneers will last. There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your porcelain veneers. The first, of course, is simply to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. You should also make biannual visits to your dentist. After all, having beautiful cosmetic work will do you little good if the underlying structure of your teeth is not healthy.

You should also be careful not to put too much force on your veneers. Using your teeth as tools (to open bottles, bite off tags, bite your nails, chew ice, etc.) is bad for you teeth under any circumstances, but these activities can be especially harmful if you have veneers. While the porcelain is very strong and durable, it is not quite as strong as your natural teeth. You can rest assured, however, that you will not face any dietary restrictions when you choose to enhance your smile with veneers.

Replacing Your Porcelain Veneers

If your veneers have begun to show their age, Dr. Redford can replace them using the same procedure he first used to place the veneers. He will remove the old veneers and the dental bonding material. Then he will prep your teeth, removing more enamel and gently etching the surface. After taking impressions of your teeth and using them to create new veneers, he will attach the porcelain to your teeth. Because veneer replacement involves removing more of your tooth structure, there is a limit to how often it can be done. When placing veneers, your dentist only removes enamel; he does not take away any of the underlying dentin. Each patient is different, and your dentist will closely examine your teeth to determine if you have enough enamel for veneers replacement. If he determines you are not a candidate, he may suggest porcelain crowns as a lifelike alternative.

Call for More Info

To learn more about veneers replacement and to update your cosmetic work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Redford today.

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