When it comes to advanced smile makeover treatments, porcelain veneers remain one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry options. They are durable and effective ways of treating stains, gaps, minor fractures, and aesthetic crookedness. Dr. Scott Harris has helped countless cosmetic dentistry patients in the Nashville, TN area have brighter and more beautiful smiles thanks to porcelain veneers.
A variety of things can lead to veneers being damaged or negatively affecting, leading to replacement. The team at Gulch Dental Studio would like to consider the lifespan of veneers and common causes of damage.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
On average, porcelain veneers last about 10 years. With good oral hygiene and proper preventative care by your dentist, the life of the veneers can be a little longer. Overall, 10 years is a good general expectation when it comes to a normal set of veneers and how long they withstand the regular motions and function of the teeth.
Normal Wear and Tear
Biting, chewing, and the everyday forces that are exerted on the teeth will eventually take their toll on your porcelain veneers. This wear and tear adds up over the years, making replacement a natural part of having porcelain veneers in place.
Tooth Decay and Cavities
While porcelain veneers will not be affected by tooth decay, the underlying tooth structure is subject to cavities. If tooth decay affects the underlying tooth structure beneath a veneer, the veneer will need to be replaced so the tooth structure can be repaired.
Acidic Dental Erosion
Also known as enamel erosion, this condition occurs when the pH of the mouth is too acidic. This leads to the tooth enamel being eaten away. To rebuild the missing enamel structure, a porcelain veneer may need to be removed for restorative work.
Chips, Cracks, and Fractures
Trauma to the face or mouth can lead to different kinds of fractures to the tooth or the veneer. Whether your tooth is damaged or the veneer sustained damage, the veneer will need to be removed and replaced to make the necessary dental repairs.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
The clenching and gnashing of the teeth during teeth grinding can place extreme pressure on the tooth structure and veneers. This can lead to worn down teeth and dental ceramic. Removing the old veneer will be necessary to improve appearance and to address the wear on the teeth.
Root Canal Infection
A root canal infection refers to the internal pulp of a tooth being infected by oral bacteria. In order to perform endodontic therapy on an infected tooth, it may be necessary to remove and replace a porcelain veneer.
Stains and Tooth Discoloration
Veneers are stain resistant, but the natural tooth structure around it may still become discolored. Significant staining and discoloration around the veneer may require the veneer to be removed so proper cosmetic treatment can be performed.
How to Extend the Life of Your Veneers
The best way to extend the life of your porcelain veneers is to consider the following simple 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)
- Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products
- Consider using a straw when drinking beverages other than water
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can help you, be sure to contact an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist. The team at Gulch Dental Studio is here to help. You can reach our practice by phone at (615) 502-0625.