For people with chipped, cracked, uneven, or otherwise imperfect teeth, porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry option. We at Four Seasons Dental are proud to offer this treatment to patients throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.
Sometimes referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are able to completely alter the overall look and appearance of a smile. The veneers are thin shells of specially made dental ceramic that are adhered to the fronts of a person's teeth, masking imperfections from view. The porcelain veneers are ultra-thin and semi-translucent, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with your smile. When you have porcelain veneers in place, no one will be able to notice.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
While porcelain veneers are durable and strain resistant, they do have a lifespan to consider. This lifespan can vary depending on a patient's dental health and wellness as well as their oral hygiene practices.
In general, it's been estimated that porcelain veneers can last anywhere between 7 years and 27 years. For the vast majority of patients, the lifespan is more typically 10 to 15 years.
Reasons for Replacing Porcelain Veneers
Regardless the exact lifespan, porcelain veneers will need to be replaced at some point, usually due to damage or changes in appearance. Some of the most common reasons for porcelain veneer replacement include:
- Chips to the porcelain veneer
- Cracks to the porcelain veneer
- Accident or injury dislodging the veneer
- Tooth decay or damage
- General wear and tear
During a dental visit, your dentist can let you know if your veneers will need to be replaced.
The Process of Replacing Porcelain Veneers
The process of replacing a porcelain veneer is essentially a repeat of the initial porcelain veneer procedure. Your dentist will carefully remove the old veneers and make slight adjustments to the underlying tooth structure to ensure it's able to support a veneer properly. An impression is taken of the prepped tooth so the replacement veneer can be custom crafted at an off-site dental lab.
Once the dental lab has finished creating the new veneer, it is sent back to the practice. Your dentist will check the new veneer for fit once last time before it is adhered in place.
The Results of Porcelain Veneer Replacement
The results of porcelain veneer replacement are quite exceptional, with patients able to smile with confidence again. The ultimate goal will be to restore the overall appearance of your smile to the way it was before the replacement procedure. In some cases, we may even improve on the look of a patient's smile, particularly if the veneer was damaged in some way.
How to Prolong the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers
The best way to prolong the life of your porcelain veneers is to following these tips:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
- Floss your teeth at least once a night (ideally after every meal)
- Wear mouth protection during sports and other applicable activities
- Avoid chewing on hard/inedible objects
- Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups
Schedule a Consultation at Four Seasons Dental
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can restore the beauty of your smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Four Seasons Dental is here to help you smile with absolute confidence.