Commons Signs Your Veneers Have to Be Replaced By Dr. John Goodman on July 07, 2023

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Veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry treatment that addresses a comprehensive range of dental flaws. Veneers bond to the facial surface of the teeth to conceal imperfections such as dental stains, tooth discoloration, gapped teeth, minor malocclusion problems, chips, cracks, and fractures. Veneers are durable and long-lasting, but they eventually wear out.

Damaged veneers must be replaced to protect underlying natural teeth. Our dental care team in Kansas City, MO, would like to discuss the signs a person needs to get their veneers replaced and provide an overview of the replacement process.

Veneers Are Darkening or Stained

Tooth discoloration and dental stains are two of the most common reasons for veneer treatment. Since veneers give the smile a brighter and whiter appearance, it’s time to replace them when they darken or develop stains.

Fortunately, veneer materials resist staining, so they should last many years before discoloration becomes an issue. However, over time, the cement used to bond veneers in place may darken. As the cement gets darker, it can become visible through the veneers or at the edges. Veneers may also eventually develop stains if a person regularly consumes highly staining foods and beverages, such as tea, coffee, wine, or berries.

Veneers Are Chipped or Otherwise Damaged

Veneers are extremely thin, roughly the same thickness as a contact lens. Despite this, their durable materials can withstand the usual force of biting and chewing. Still, over time veneers can weaken.

Veneers are also susceptible to damage from bad dental habits like nail biting, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), and using the teeth as tools. Veneers that are chipped or have other visible damage require replacement to protect underlying natural teeth. Damaged veneers allow bacteria to reach the natural teeth, where they can cause decay.

Veneers Have Separated From the Gums

Another sign that veneers require replacement is when they pull away or separate from the gumline, leaving visible gaps. Gum recession is a symptom of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease develops when bacteria infect the gum tissues. Patients may develop gum disease if they fail to brush and floss regularly or neglect regular dental exams and cleanings.

If a patient suffers from gum disease, veneers must be removed to treat the condition. After treatment, the veneers require replacement.

What Is Veneer Replacement Like?

Porcelain veneer replacement is a straightforward procedure that is nearly identical to the initial placement process. To begin, a dentist removes the old veneers and cleans the teeth of any remaining cement or bonding material. After cleaning the teeth, impressions are taken to ensure the newly designed veneers fit comfortably.

During your visit to our dentistry practice in Kansas City, we can review the full treatment timeline and also discuss pricing and payment options. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.

Contact Our Office in Kansas City, MO

Veneer replacement is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that allows individuals to maintain their smile’s beauty and protect the natural teeth to prevent dental complications. If you have worn or damaged veneers and want to learn more about the replacement process, contact our dental practice online and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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