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White Flags: Signs Your Veneers Are Ready for Replacement

November 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 6:56 pm
Woman looking at her veneers in a mirror

Veneers are incredible pieces of dental technology that can help you keep your smile bright for over a decade. They’re durable, aesthetically pleasing, and require minimal tooth preparation which is partially why they’re so popular. However, like any dental restoration, a veneer will eventually require replacement. Knowing when that time has come is a skill within itself.

Read on to learn the most common signs that it’s time to consider replacing your porcelain veneers.

Visible Damage

One of the most obvious signs that a veneer may need replacement is damage you can see like chips, cracks, or fractures. Over time, wear and tear can weaken the porcelain, leading to structural issues that degrade both looks and functionality.

Discolored Veneers

While veneers are resistant to staining compared to natural teeth, they are not completely immune. Over time, the pigments in dark-colored drinks and vivid foods as well as habits like smoking can cause discoloration. If regular cleaning no longer restores their brightness, it may be time to consider replacement.

Gum Recession

Changes in gum tissue, such as recession or inflammation, can affect the appearance and fit of a veneer. If your gums have pulled away from your teeth since your treatment was performed, it may reveal the veneer edges. If this is the case, replacing the veneers can help achieve better harmony between the restoration and your gums.

Tooth Decay Under the Veneers

While veneers themselves can’t decay, the natural tooth structure underneath is still vulnerable to cavities. If decay develops around your veneers or beneath them, it can cause the treatment to fail. If you find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do is to have the decay treated first. Once your oral health is back to normal, you can have your veneers replaced.

If you notice any of these signs or have concerns about the condition of your treatment, call your dentist. They can evaluate the health and appearance of your veneers and recommend the best course of action to ensure a beautiful and long-lasting smile.

About the Author

Dr. Joe Ornelas is a friendly and talented dentist who enjoys working with his patients to achieve their dream smiles. He earned his dental doctorate from Indiana University School of Dentistry and continues to stay up to date with the latest dental technology and techniques through multiple professional organizations. Call (219) 663-2892 to schedule a porcelain veneer consultation at Ornelas Family dental of Crown Point or visit the website to browse through other services they provide.

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