Reasons to Replace Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are both beautiful and durable. Properly designed veneers from a skilled cosmetic dentist should not break due to normal wear-and-tear and will last for years. Unfortunately, unhealthy habits that damage your real teeth can also require an early replacement of veneers.
Poor Oral Care Can Cause Problems
For starters, good oral habits are still important when you have veneers. Our Red Bank patients are advised that poor habits can lead to early porcelain veneers replacement. Poor habits lead to:
- Decay. Even though veneers don’t decay, your teeth still can. If decay sets in, the veneer may need to be removed to repair the tooth below. A new veneer would need to be reapplied after the restorative dental work is complete.
- Gum disease. Without good oral care, plaque builds up. This can lead to gum disease, causing your gums to recede and revealing an unattractive gap between your veneer and gums. Fixing this requires removal of the veneers and placing them higher up on the tooth to close the gap.
Good oral hygiene can help patients avoid these issues: Brush twice a day and floss daily; have regular checkups.
What Can Damage Veneers?
Grinding and clenching teeth can damage your teeth and veneers. This habit can be hard to break since it also happens while you sleep. The solution is to wear a night guard. The best night guards are designed specifically for your mouth, so please let us know if grinding is a problem you face. We can design a comfortable night guard for you.
If you participate in sports, we also recommend using a mouth guard. Though durable, a sharp impact can chip or crack a veneer, just like a tooth can break.
Cosmetic Reasons to Replace Veneers
Even when porcelain veneers are in perfect shape, there may be cosmetic reasons to replace them. Teeth whitening is one example. If a patient wants to whiten his or her teeth, but the veneers match the original teeth, then the patient will need new veneers. Though teeth can be whitened, veneers cannot. To match veneers to whitened teeth, new ones will need to be applied.
The finish on veneers can dull if the wrong products are used. You can avoid this problem by using a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Specific fluorides also dull the luster on veneers. Ask us for the correct products to use.
Staining may be another cosmetic reason to change veneers.Though veneers resist stains, your teeth and the bonding material that holds the veneer to your tooth can stain, causing an unattractive mismatch. Products that stain include tobacco, tea, coffee, and red wine. Some medicine can also cause stains.
Good Habits to Protect Veneers
Some people are unaware of habits that can harm veneers. To avoid wearing down veneers or breaking them:
- Don’t bite down on hard objects. This includes hard candy, popcorn hulls, and ice.
- Don’t use your teeth and veneers as tools. Avoid holding things by your teeth (like bobby pins, nails, or paperclips). Don’t rip open packages with your teeth, crack open nuts, or cut thread or fishing line.
- Don’t bite your fingernails. Over time this can cause your veneers to wear down prematurely.
More Information about Veneers
If you would like to know how porcelain veneers can improve your smile, then please call our offices. We can schedule a consultation to sit down and discuss your needs. If veneers are not for you, we can discuss other cosmetic dentistry options that better fit your needs and lifestyle.