Are you unhappy with the current appearance of your smile? The good news is that there are a variety of cosmetic solutions out there that can help you achieve the beautiful results you’ve been hoping for. Veneers are one of the most common solutions available thanks to their numerous benefits, including the fact that they are long-lasting. While they can stick around for upwards of 15 years, they do eventually need to be replaced. Here are some signs that a veneer needs to be replaced.
The Veneer Is Damaged
Even though veneers are made from durable porcelain, they aren’t completely indestructible. If you notice any cracks, chips, or that they are worn down along the edges or elsewhere, you should have them looked at by your dentist. They will be able to determine the severity of the damage and may recommend that you can have them replaced with new veneers.
The Supporting Tooth Is Compromised
To have a healthy, beautiful veneer, the supporting tooth must also be healthy. Even when you have veneers, you’re still about to experience tooth decay from poor oral hygiene or other reasons. The veneer can even start to separate from the tooth that it’s attached to. If your underlying tooth isn’t healthy, you will need to have it treated before moving forward with cosmetic dentistry.
The Veneer Is Darkening
The veneer is adhered to the tooth using special dental cement. It is very effective, but it also naturally darkens over time. Eventually, it is even possible to see it through a veneer. There isn’t an effective way to lighten this cement once it happens, so your best option would be to have the veneer and cement replaced.
Stains Aren’t Lifting
Veneers are very resistant to stains, but they can still happen over time. This is especially the case if you enjoy coffee, red wine, treat, or acidic foods on the regular. Once stained, veneers cannot be lightened like your tooth enamel can. The only way to remove stains of veneers is through a thorough cleaning.
The Veneers Are Rough Around the Edges
When you eat and chew, your veneers can wear down over time. Afterall, they are put under a lot of pressure on a regular basis. If you notice that they are beginning to lose their shape, veneer replacement may be in your new future.
Veneers have gorgeous results, but they don’t last indefinitely. If you notice any of the issues listed above, it may be time for you to get some new ones. You’ll be proud to show off your smile again in no time!
About the Author
After graduating from Georgetown College, Dr. Katherine Whitaker earned her dental doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. She has also earned her certification in IV sedation. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Kentucky Dental Association, and Southeastern Dental Society. If you think your veneers may need to be replaced, she’d be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Corbin, visit her website or call (606) 523-1415.