When choosing porcelain veneers to transform your smile, it is inevitable that you will have to replace at least one veneer in the future. Although porcelain veneers are designed to last many years, they are not meant to last a lifetime and will more than likely need to be replaced at some point, especially for patients who choose to undergo this treatment in their 20s and 30s.
Replacement may also be required if a veneer gets damaged. While porcelain veneers are durable, they are not invincible and can chip, discolor, or fall off. This is why it’s important to eat only the items on the approved list to help extend the longevity of your veneers. Our doctors at 38th Street Dental in Austin, TX, discuss what to expect during your porcelain veneers replacement.
The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
With the advancements made in the materials used for porcelain veneers, this cosmetic dentistry solution has provided patients with a durable and lasting solution for achieving a stunning and more attractive smile. At 38th Street Dental, we are proud to offer da VinciTM porcelain veneers, the leading brand in veneers for over three decades. This type of veneer is durable, highly stain-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing.
When veneers are properly cared for, they can last up to 20 to 30 years. To help extend the longevity of your veneers, we recommend maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen, as well as:
- Avoiding sticky, chewy foods
- Limiting crunchy foods, such as nuts and hard candies
- Drinking from a straw or limiting dark-colored foods and beverages, such as coffee, black tea, berries, and tomato-based foods
- No smoking
- Avoiding chewing on ice, pen caps, or finger nails
- Avoiding acidic beverages, such as carbonated drinks and alcohol
What to Expect during the Porcelain Veneers Replacement Process
During the replacement process, the doctor will carefully remove any bonding residue from the teeth, and then thoroughly clean and dry each tooth being treated. If necessary, he will make small adjustments to your natural tooth so that the new veneer fits smoothly and seamlessly. Impressions will then be taken and sent to a local dental lab where your custom-made veneers will be made. It generally takes about one to two weeks. Temporary veneers will be placed over your exposed teeth to protect them and prevent dental sensitivity.
At your follow-up appointment, the doctor will first check the fit of the veneers. If he is satisfied with the result, the doctor will bond the veneers to your teeth with dental cement and polish your smile.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost?
Most insurance companies do not cover cosmetic dentistry costs. However, because natural teeth are altered during the initial placement of porcelain veneers, your teeth will need to remain covered or you will experience sensitivity and hindered dental function. Not having anything to cover your teeth would affect the functionality of your smile. If this case is made, your insurance may help cover a portion or your veneer replacement treatment. Our front office staff will work with your insurance to determine your coverage in advance so you have a good idea of what to expect beforehand.
If you are unhappy with your porcelain veneers or have experienced wear and tear, we encourage you to speak to one of our doctors about porcelain veneers replacement. Please contact our office online today or call 512-458-6222 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch.