You may know that dental veneers last a long time. In fact, such longevity is part of why they’re so popular! Still, a veneer’s lifespan isn’t infinite — even maintained ones stop working eventually. That said, learning when to switch out your own would be good. Luckily enough, your La Plata dentist can give you some pointers. Here, then, is a summary of the four crucial signs that it’s time to replace your veneers.
They’re Rough Around the Edges
While veneers are artificial, that doesn’t mean they won’t break down. As with natural teeth, the prosthetics wear out from eating and chewing. Taken far enough, this process may force you to replace your veneers altogether.
In particular, the “wearing” can cause veneers to roughen and lose shape. It can even make their porcelain material crack or chip. Once you can feel their rough edges with your tongue, you should probably switch to new ones.
They’re Separating from Your Mouth
Veneers are durable and decay-resistant but don’t forget they attach to teeth and gums. Even if porcelain shells stay safe, oral issues could force a replacement.
Consider cavities, for instance. Damaged tooth areas could force veneers to separate from your enamel. Should that happen, you’ll need new ones after the decay is solved.
Gum disease is also a concern. The resulting gum recession might cause a gap between your veneers and the surrounding tissue.
They’ve Gotten Darker
Even if a veneer hasn’t worn out or separated, it might need replacement. That’s certainly the case if you have problems with the bonding material.
You see, veneers use dental cement that darkens over time. This dark coloring is sometimes visible through the prosthetics. Worse yet, there isn’t a way to lighten the cement back up. As such, the only option for darkened veneers is to remove them and their adhesive. You can then get newer versions for your teeth.
Stains Won’t Lift from Them
Veneers are stain-resistant, but they aren’t stain-proof. They can get discolored by foods and drinks, just like regular teeth. Ordinarily, though, patients can remove these marks with vigorous brushing.
Unfortunately, there may come a time when your toothbrush can’t stop veneer stains. Since veneers can’t be whitened or bleached, you’d then need to replace them.
As you can see, it’s best to watch over your dental veneers as they age. By doing so, you’ll see the signs above and know when to replace them!
About the Practice
La Plata Dental is based in La Plata, MD. As led by Drs. Hochman and Betaharon, our practice offers personalized dentistry that goes above and beyond. In particular, we perform various preventive, cosmetic, and restorative treatments, not to mention emergency dental care. Our team further ensures its results by using the latest tools and technology. For more information or to book a visit, you can reach us on our website or by phone at (240)-349-2439.