Whether your teeth are discolored, worn down, chipped, or misshapen, porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers can be designed and placed in just two appointments.
Once your veneers are in place, you will need to exercise good oral care so your veneers last as long as possible. Here, Dr. Jon Marc Van Slate discusses porcelain veneers lifespan, and the reasons for porcelain veneers replacement. Keep in mind that after 10 years or more, you will need to have your veneers replaced at our Houston, TX office.
Average Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
The average lifespan of porcelain veneers will vary from patient to patient. For most individuals, porcelain veneers will need to be replaced after 10 years. Some patients may retain their porcelain veneers for 20 years or longer.
Porcelain veneers are fabricated from durable material that has a longer lifespan than composite veneers, otherwise known as dental bonding.
By working with Dr. Van Slate, you benefit from his years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. The quality of your dentist plays a role in how well your veneers are designed, and how long your porcelain veneers will last. He can also make sure that any problems found at follow-up visits are quickly addressed.
Only about 5 percent of dentists have Dr. Van Slate’s comprehensive cosmetic training. Over the past decade, Van Slate has placed well over a thousand veneers.
How Do I Know If My Veneers Need Replacing?
While time is an obvious culprit, there are many reasons that your veneers may need to be replaced. You may need to have your veneers replaced at our Houston dental office if:
- Gum tissue recession has exposed the edges of your veneers
- Your veneers appear worn, broken, chipped, or discolored
- The tooth supporting your veneer has decayed or become damaged
- The bonding agent has become worn or discolored
- Your veneers have become dislodged or loose
Veneer Replacement Process
Veneers eventually look worn and discolored, or they become loose or fall off. At this point, replacement is necessary. After carefully removing your veneers, Dr. Van Slate will file down any remaining bonding agent left on your tooth. Then, he will take a new mold of your teeth that will be used to manufacture your new veneers, which will be placed at a second appointment.
Tips for Protecting Your Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Van Slate encourages our patients to be proactive in protecting their new veneers. These tips can help ensure that your veneers last many years.
- Do not use your veneers to open packages or bite into non-food items
- Avoid foods and drinks that stain the teeth
- Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and dental exams
- Floss daily to prevent tooth decay
- Treat signs of gum disease
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Wear a mouthguard during outdoor activities and sports
- Report any changes to the texture and feel of your veneers immediately
Contact Our Office Today
Dr. Van Slate will ensure that your veneers are placed correctly and that you understand how to properly maintain your new porcelain veneers. When your veneers do need replacing, you can trust Dr. Van Slate to maintain or further enhance your smile through the replacement process.
If you are ready to schedule your porcelain veneers consultation at our Houston office, contact our office online or call (713) 783-1993.