When Should I Replace My Veneers?

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When Should I Replace My Veneers?

Dental veneers have transformed countless smiles. The procedure offers a durable solution to cracks, chips, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections. However, even the finest porcelain veneers have a lifespan. Knowing when to replace your veneers ensures your smile continues to shine healthily and beautifully.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-made porcelain shells fitted to the frontal surface of teeth to enhance your smile. It helps correct your teeth’ color, shape, and alignment, offering a natural makeover. People generally opt for six to eight veneers covering the most prominent areas of a smile. It helps maintain uniformity all across. Some people may even opt for a full set for both upper and lower teeth, addressing wider areas of the smile. This choice depends on your smile goals, dental condition, budget, visible concerns, etc. Dr. Margaret Mitchell at Mitchell Dental Spa provides personalized recommendations based on your specific dental structure and desired outcomes to make informed decisions.

The Minimally Invasive Nature of Veneers

Dental veneers involve considerable prep work, but they’re a minimally invasive procedure. You may need two to three visits spread over a few weeks. When you consult Dr. Margaret Mitchell, she’ll discuss your goals and needs and determine your candidacy in the initial consultation session. Following this, a session is dedicated to tooth preparation, involving precise and minimal reshaping of the tooth enamel to ensure a seamless fit and natural look.

The final visit will focus on attaching your veneers. Once your veneers are crafted, they’ll be meticulously and securely bonded to your teeth using a specialized, light-cured composite resin that adheres firmly to the surface. The bonding material is activated and hardened with a specific light for a lasting bond. This process preserves much of the natural tooth structure while offering significant improvements.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

When getting your veneers, Dr. Mitchell meticulously oversees everything, from consultation to tooth prep and bonding, to ensure precision. Expertly crafted and bonded veneers are safe, durable, and aesthetically appealing. They typically last between 15 and 20 years. Factors such as dental hygiene practices and personal habits affect their longevity. Regular check-ups and maintaining oral health can extend the life of your veneers.

Dr. Mitchell, recognized as one of the top Chicago cosmetic dentists, uses high-quality materials and state-of-the-art techniques to ensure each set of veneers meets and exceeds your expectations. You are also advised to follow personalized care instructions and go for regular follow-ups to maintain the condition of your veneers over the years.

Signs Your Veneers Need Replacing

Veneers can last a decade (sometimes even more) but are not impervious to damage. “When should I replace my veneers?” you may be wondering. Visible chipping or cracking is a common indicator that your veneers may need to be replaced, or it can compromise the structural integrity. Discoloration is another sign, especially when your veneers start to look different from surrounding teeth, affecting the uniformity of your smile.

Beyond the typical signs, there are some additional indicators that your veneers may be nearing the end of their natural life cycle. Fit issues, an unusual bite sensation, deterioration of the bonding agent, changes in the surrounding natural teeth, and decay at the margins are other signs suggesting the need for veneer replacement. Importantly, you should immediately book a dental appointment if your gums begin to recede after your veneers were placed. This might expose the base of the veneers, creating aesthetic concerns and potential dental health issues.

When you visit Mitchell Dental Spa, Dr. Mitchell can evaluate these conditions and recommend whether a simple repair or a complete replacement is necessary. It’s important to catch any issues early to save time, energy, and expenses. If you desire a completely different style, a replacement will be necessary, allowing for an updated and refreshed look.

The Replacement Process

What does the veneer replacement process look like?” you may ask. The process for replacing veneers is quite similar to the original procedure. It also demands the same level of care and precision. Dr. Mitchell begins by removing the existing veneers, followed by a fresh assessment of the underlying teeth and gum health. She ensures that everything is in an excellent state to support new veneers.

Dr. Mitchell then takes new impressions to create veneers that match the current shape and color of your teeth. The new veneers are then carefully bonded to the teeth, and you can enjoy your renewed smile again. Make sure you work well on maintaining your oral health and work closely with Dr. Mitchell to ensure optimal results.

Additional cosmetic options like teeth whitening might be advisable if you’re contemplating veneer replacement for a few teeth. This helps ensure a seamless color match with new veneers. You can get all these services at Mitchell Dental Spa to keep up with the appearance and function of your teeth.

Plan Your Veneer Replacement Now!

Keeping your veneers in top condition is crucial for maintaining a radiant smile. If you require a replacement, transform your smile with expert care. Consult Dr. Margaret Mitchell to explore your veneer replacement options. A flawless, dazzling smile is just a call away. Book your appointment today.


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