Veneers can be compared to false fingernails: both give you the appearance you want through a perfect surface being layered on top of your natural surface. And just like false fingernails, veneers will eventually need to be replaced.
Why do veneers need to be replaced?
This is surprisingly straightforward! While high quality veneers are made up of strong and stain resistant porcelain, they are not entirely permanent or maintenance free.
Porcelain isn’t sensitive to sugar and acids in the same way that your natural teeth are, but the fact that your teeth are in frequent use every day means that your veneers will experience some wear and tear, just like your regular teeth do.
Here are some of the most common reasons why veneers need to be replaced:
- Chipped, cracked or worn veneers
- Poor dental hygiene or gum disease can cause your gums to recede – and expose gaps between your gum line and veneers
- Tooth decay could cause the veneer to separate from the underlying tooth
- Improper installation could cause veneers to become loose or fall off
Disregarding poorly bonded veneers, it is clear that there are things you can do to slow down the wear and tear of your veneer. Taking good care of your veneers could double their lifespan from around 10 years to 20! Here’s how.
How to make your veneers last
In most cases, you’ll be able to help yourself more than a dentist will be able to help you. After all, you only see your dentist twice a year, but you spend every single day with your own teeth.
Here’s how to take care of veneers:
- Maintain good oral hygiene: Yes, veneers are made of porcelain, but they still need to be cleaned, and your natural teeth still need to be taken care of. That means you have to brush your teeth (properly), floss at least once a day, and you should probably be cleaning your tongue as well.
- Avoid tobacco: Tobacco products stain your teeth, and can yellow your brand new veneers. Tobacco products can also contribute to gum disease, which you really want to avoid when you have veneers.
- Avoid staining your teeth: Did you know that food can stain your teeth too? I’m sure you did. Here is our list of the five worst offenders!
- Don’t use your teeth as tools: This should be avoided with natural teeth as well, but it’s something we’ve all done. It’s a great way to end up chipping a tooth, and chipped or cracked veneers may need to be replaced.
- Get your teeth checked and cleaned: We recommend that our clients come in for a check-up and clean every six months. This is because seeing your dentist regularly is the best way for us to repair small problems before they become big problems.
- Address teeth grinding: Teeth grinding – also known as Bruxism – is always an issue that can damage your teeth. The danger grinding veneers is that they could crack or lose years off their lifespan. Teeth grinding can sometimes be fixed by sleeping with a grind guard.
These are all common sense pieces of advice. They really should be followed by everyone, regardless of whether you have veneers or not.
With your safety our number one priority, we have made the difficult decision to close our practice to all but urgent dental treatment from 30th March 2020 to 30th April 2020. You can read more in our recent blog post, including what qualifies as urgent dental treatment.