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What Happens to Veneers as You Age?

November 3, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Chad Hines

Dental veneers are a great investment because they transform your smile and can last 10 years or longer with proper care. If you have older veneers, you may wonder how you can tell if you should replace them. 

There are several signs that your veneers are past their prime, including how they fit, feel and look. Please read on to learn what to look for and when it might be time to talk to your dentist about replacing your veneers.

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Veneers

1. Your veneers look stained.

The smooth surface of new porcelain veneers helps resist staining. Over time, the material starts to wear down, and you may notice that they are stained or have taken on a dull, yellowish appearance. 

2. Your veneers aren’t as bright as they once were.

Dental porcelain is strong, and the smooth, shiny surface reflects light similarly to tooth enamel for a natural appearance. As time goes by, however, you’ll notice your veneers start to look dull or opaque or show signs of scratches.

3. Your veneers are cracked or broken. 

Dental veneers are designed to last and can provide 20 years of use in some cases. But their lifespan depends on how well you care for them. If you bite your nails, use your teeth to open packages, or bite down on hard or crunchy foods, they can easily crack or chip and need replacement.

4. There are gaps between your gums and the veneers.

If your gums are receding due to periodontal disease or aging, you will notice unattractive gaps between your veneers and your gumline. These gaps are a sign that it’s time to talk to your dentist about replacing your veneers and also getting your gum disease under control.

5. Your veneers feel loose.

The cement that adheres your veneers to your teeth is very strong and designed to last. As your veneers age, however, the cement can lose its adhesive properties. Tooth decay is another reason a veneer can detach from your teeth and feel loose. In this case, your dentist must remove and replace the veneer to treat the cavity.

Do You Need to Replace Veneers in Phoenix, AZ?

Dr. Chad Hines is a cosmetic dentist in Phoenix who would be happy to check your veneers and give you an honest recommendation about replacing them. Please call to schedule an appointment to see how we can help you!

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