Can Porcelain Veneers Be Repaired?
Porcelain veneers are one of the greatest advancements in modern cosmetic dentistry. When done correctly, the result is a stunning, durable, and incredibly natural-looking smile. But what happens when the procedure is not done correctly? Let’s take a look at how long porcelain veneers typically last, what can cause them to fail, and what you should do when you have a problem.
The Average Lifespan of Veneers
Porcelain veneers are generally low maintenance and require basic dental care, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. With good habits, porcelain veneers can last between five and ten years.
Well-placed porcelain veneers by an experienced cosmetic dentist, such as our dentists in Troy,usually have a low likelihood of chipping, but it can happen. Unlike composite veneers, which can be repaired, porcelain veneers that chip or break usually need to be replaced. That’s why it’s important to avoid bad habits that can damage your veneers, such as chewing ice, biting your fingernails, grinding or clenching your teeth, and opening containers with your teeth.
Damaged or Defective Veneers
Porcelain veneers are quite durable, and chips, breaks, and other defects tend to be rare. When problems arise, it is usually because the tooth was not properly prepared or the veneer was not thoroughly bonded. Also, occlusion (bite) issues can cause the veneers to chip or dislodge. Bite issues should be addressed by your cosmetic dentist before the placement of veneers.
If your veneer does break and there is no missing porcelain, some dentists may consider re-attaching the veneer with a translucent bonding agent. This treatment could result in staining along the fracture line, as well as weakness that could lead to another breakage. Replacement of the entire veneer is often recommended for the best result.
- Other mistakes in veneer placement that could require further treatment include:
- Poorly positioned midline (when the top and bottom teeth don’t line up)
- Tilted teeth
- Poor bonding that can lead to decay under the veneer
- Excessive bonding resin that irritates the gum
- Unmatched color or poorly finished (dull) porcelain
- Inappropriate length or size of veneers
Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist
Bonding porcelain to teeth is a highly technical procedure. Because the treatment is permanent, it’s crucial to choose the right cosmetic dentist who can deliver the finest, long-lasting results.
At the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute, our care is driven by a 50-year tradition of excellence in cosmetic dentistry. Drs. Marcy and Craig Goldin have risen to the top of their field and can assess and treat your general and cosmetic dental care needs, including damaged or defective porcelain veneers.
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We are dedicated to providing our patients with award-winning care with the use of advanced technology in a spa-like environment. If you would like to learn more about porcelain dental veneers, contact the Cosmetic Dentistry Institute today.