Veneers are a great option for those looking to perfect their smile. The process is fairly simple, and the upkeep is minimal. But do veneers need to be replaced?
Veneers are thin shells of durable tooth-colored material. The material is bonded to the surface of one’s actual tooth to enhance the appearance of one’s teeth and smile. Veneers are a great option for those with various dental issues such as discolored teeth, teeth that are worn down, chipped, spaced, uneven, unaligned, or have an irregular shape. One of the major benefits of veneers is that they are not an all-or-nothing option. If you want to have all of your teeth done or just one, both are possible. Dr. Yassa will be able to provide you with her expert advice on what should be done. In addition, she can change the veneer’s color to match your current teeth in addition to working out the perfect shape for you and your smile. Learn more about affordable veneers in Encino with Encino Family Dental.
Types of Veneers
Before answering “do veneers need to be replaced”, let’s cover some basics. There are different types of veneers but the most common are porcelain and composite.
Porcelain veneers are more resistant to staining as compared to other materials. These types of veneers are made in a lab.
Composite veneers are made from a resin that is shaped and bonded to the tooth.
Depending on what you and your dentist agree to, both types will inevitably improve the appearance of your smile. The benefits of veneers are clear because everyone wants a more beautiful and brighter smile. In addition to that, the preparation and procedure are minimally invasive, relatively quick, and the recovery is manageable.
Do Veneers Need to be Replaced?
By making such a major investment in your smile, adequate upkeep is necessary to ensure that the veneers last as long as possible before they need to be replaced. If taken care of properly, veneers last around ten to fifteen years. The process of replacing your new veneers is fairly simple. The old ones are removed and replaced with new ones. Your original teeth will not need to be removed and the process is just as it was when you got veneers the first time with the only real difference is that you’ll have to have the current set of veneers removed.
Caring for Veneers
Since you have made a major investment into your smile, it’s important to maintain the set of veneers as long as possible to reach that ten to fifteen-year mark. To make your veneers last, follow the steps below to ensure you get your money’s worth out of the investment.
- Oral Hygiene
In order to avoid stains and keep your teeth as clean as possible, brush at least twice a day. Before brushing, be sure and floss once a day to get anything that may be stuck in between your teeth out. You will also need to get regular checkups and visit your dentist every six months.
- Protect Your Teeth
If you are going to play a contact sport or participate in something that has a chance of damaging your teeth, wear a mouthguard for protection. Chipping or cracking a veneer can be expensive and time-consuming.
- Be Cautious
It may be easier to rip open that bag of chips with your teeth but refrain from doing so. Using your teeth as a tool can be problematic and add unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.
- Tooth Grinding
If you know you grind your teeth at night, be sure to address the issue with your dentist. This can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your veneers.
Veneers at Encino Family Dental
Dr. Yassa at Encino Family Dental specializes in veneers. The process is simple and straightforward. After the initial consultation, Dr. Yassa will get a model of your tooth and a mold will be complete within a few weeks. Once the mold is complete, you may come back into the office and have it polished and cleaned to your natural color. If you are getting all your teeth done, then the color process is a little less complex. Once this is complete the veneers will be bonded onto your teeth and the process is finished. Our team at Encino Family Dental have created veneers for countless patients and understand that perfecting your smile is the number one priority. If you are interested in veneers or have questions, call your Encino dentist today!