If you have veneers fitted today, they should last at least 15 years. However, as dental methods are improving all the time, it might be worth replacing existing veneers, even if they haven’t come to the end of their natural life. So, how do you know if it’s time for a replacement?
Bulky or ill-fitting veneers
Here at the clinic, we often see patients with veneers that are bulky or badly fitted. The latest veneers are thinner, giving you a much more natural look. They should also be custom-made. We always take a mould of your mouth to ensure that the veneers fit precisely to the shape of your gum line and each individual tooth.
Worn out veneers
Porcelain is pretty hardwearing, but it can become cracked or chipped, particularly if you don’t follow good dental hygiene. If you’re a smoker, then your veneers might also yellow over time. In either case, it’s worth investing in a new set of veneers to give you a sparkling white smile.
Veneers that are separating from the tooth or gum
You should definitely seek advice from a dentist if your veneers have separated from your tooth or there is a gap at your gums, as this could be a sign of decay or gum disease.
Replacing existing veneers is very straightforward. The dentist files down the bonding agent that glued the previous veneers, then take an impression of your teeth. Once the new veneers are ready, they will be applied to your teeth using the same method as before.
At Wimpole Street Dental, Dr Richard Marques offers a free consultation to assess your teeth for cosmetic dental procedures.