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Refreshing Your Smile: 5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Porcelain Veneers

March 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — nobleddsteam @ 8:22 pm
Patient smiling in the mirror after getting porcelain veneers

There’s hardly a better treatment for creating a total smile transformation than porcelain veneers. These thin but mighty shells are adhered to the front of your teeth, covering multiple dental flaws at once. With proper care and maintenance, they can even last for over a decade! However, like any dental restoration, they will eventually need to be replaced.

But how will you know when that is? Read on to learn the signs of veneer wear and tear so you can keep your smile bright without interruptions!

1. Visible Damage

Chips, cracks, or fractures in your veneers can detract from their appearance and limit their functionality. Visible damage is an obvious sign that your veneers are wearing down, so reach out to your dentist if you notice any!

2. Discoloration

While veneers are resistant to staining, they may become discolored over time. This is especially true if they’re exposed to dark pigments and food dyes regularly. If your veneers seem noticeably yellow or discolored, replacement may be the best way to restore them to brilliance.

3. Gum Recession

Receding gums expose the edges of your veneers, detracting from their appearance and increasing the risk of decay. If you experience gum recession, it’s important to talk to your dentist and find the source. Treatment for gum disease may be needed before replacing your veneers so that it doesn’t get worse.

4. Poor Fit or Alignment

Changes in your bite or the fit of your veneers may indicate underlying issues that may require attention. If your veneers feel loose, shift out of alignment, or no longer fit properly, it’s probably time for replacement.

5. Consistent Sensitivity

While minor sensitivity is common after getting veneers, if the discomfort is persistent or severe, there may be an issue. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment so that they can assess the issue. Sometimes it may be something simple like a loose bond, but other times it could be a sign your veneers need replacing.

By watching out for the signs above, you’ll be better able to tell when your veneers need attention. This will help you maintain a beautiful and healthy smile and make a smooth transition to brand new prosthetics. Your grin is an investment worth protecting, so don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist if you have any concerns about your treatment or your oral health.

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Noble is a San Antonio native who has been improving his patient’s smiles for over 20 years. After receiving his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center, he set to work honing his skills through active membership in multiple professional organizations. Call (210) 342-1001 to schedule a porcelain veneer consultation at Joseph H. Noble, DDS, P.A. or visit the website to explore other treatments they provide.

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