Having an attractive smile can give a patient an added boost of confidence, and can also aid in making a great first impression. That is why thecosmetic dentists at Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry take such pride in helping patients improve not only the health, but also the aesthetics of the teeth. For patients looking to enhance the appearance of the teeth, porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic treatments. This is because porcelain veneers are versatile, durable, and effective in creating an ideally attractive smile. While these restorations can withstand a lot of wear and tear, they are not meant to last a lifetime. It is likely that our Las Vegas patients will require porcelain veneers replacement at some point, whether as a result of prolonged wear and tear or due to an accident or injury.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Dental veneers are available in an array of materials. At Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry, we offer our patients porcelain veneers because they are the highest quality veneer available. Porcelain is a translucent material that allows light to pass through the veneers in order to create a more natural appearance; it is also extremely durable. Under normal wear and tear, porcelain veneers can be expected to last around 10 years before they will need to be replaced.
Reasons for Replacing Porcelain Veneers
With proper care, patients will not need to replaceporcelain veneers until they have naturally reached the point of deterioration (around 10 years). However, there are circumstances that may require a patient to undergo porcelain veneers replacement sooner than this. Some instances that may necessitate veneers include:
- Staining or discoloration: While porcelain veneers are resistant to staining, continual exposure to certain foods and beverages, such as wine, coffee, and berries, may cause veneers to become discolored. While brushing and teeth whitening can often restore the bright, white color of veneers, severely stained veneers may require replacement.
- Injury: Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. However, just like the natural teeth, they can be chipped or fractured due to an accident or injury. In these cases, the damaged veneers will need to be replaced.
- Tooth decay: Porcelain veneers are adhered to the surface of the teeth; this means the natural teeth remain intact beneath the veneers and are susceptible to decay. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene habits in order to prevent decay and preserve the strength of the tooth. If decay does occur, porcelain veneers will need to be removed so that restorative treatment can be completed to remove tooth decay. Once the decay has been treated, porcelain veneers will need to be replaced.
- Dissatisfaction: In some instances, patients come to us dissatisfied with the results of previous porcelain veneers application. It is important to choose dentists, such as those at Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry, with the technical and artistic skill to ensure naturally attractive results from porcelain veneers.
Whether we are placing porcelain veneers for the first time or replacing those that have become worn or damaged, at Jason L. Downey, DDS Dentistry we take great care in giving each patient their ideal smile.Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss porcelain veneers treatment. Our dentists are happy to answer any questions you may have.