Do My Veneers Need to Be Replaced? Look Out for These Signs
When we use dental veneers to address cosmetic flaws, we let patients know that their veneers are durable but not indestructible. You can eat your favorite foods with them, yet they are subject to wear and tear just like natural teeth. After about 10 years (maybe more with good oral hygiene), your veneers will need to be replaced.
If you've had veneers for a few years, you may wonder what signs indicate you need new veneers. The team at our Brookline, MA, dental practice would like to share these four common signs you need new veneers.
1. Your Veneers Appear to Be Stained
Even though veneers are stain-resistant, there are plenty of things that can lead to veneers looking discolored.
- The bonding material that fixes the veneer to your tooth can darken over time
- Trauma to a tooth can cause changes in the color of the underlying tooth structure
- Veneers could get scratched little by little over the years, which could lead to food particles and other substances getting caught in those tiny scratches, causing discoloration
Since you can’t whiten your veneers when they are discolored, staining is a sure sign you need to come to our Brookline office for new veneers.
2. Your Veneers Looks Chipped, Cracked, or Worn
Apart from stains, you might notice that your veneers are chipping, cracking, or looking a little rough around the edges. That’s normal and part of natural wear and tear. As veneers get more worn, there’ll be a greater need to replace them.
During regular checkups at our office, we can monitor the condition of your veneers and let you know when it’s time to get new ones.
3. You Notice a Space Between the Veneer and Your Gumline
Gum recession can occur as a symptom of gum disease. It can also occur from the aging process or from aggressive brushing and flossing. As the gum tissue peels back, it will create a gap between the veneer and the gumline that can affect the aesthetics of your smile.
To fix this, a new veneer will need to be created. We may also need to perform some periodontal treatment to help build up the gumline and protect the underlying tooth structure.
4. Your Veneers Feel Uncomfortable
Is your bite feeling a little off? Is there a weird feeling while biting and chewing? That could be a sign that your veneers aren’t fitting properly anymore. It could be due to wear and tear, or it may be the result of other dental issues that affect the comfort of your veneers.
Whatever the case, a dentist can examine your smile and let you know if new veneers will help improve the overall fit and feel in your mouth.
The Veneer Replacement Process
The veneer replacement process is similar to the initial veneer procedure. We’ll remove the old veneer and bonding material, take a new impression of your tooth, and fashion a custom veneer that will rejuvenate your smile. It's as simple and satisfying as that.
Schedule a Visit So We Can Check Your Veneers
Ready to get new veneers? Curious if your current veneers are starting to get worn? The best way to find out is to contact our dentistry practice in Brookline. During your visit, we can examine your smile and offer out honest assessment about the state of your veneers.