Porcelain veneers are essentially “masks” that cover imperfect teeth and give patients the appearance of a healthy, straight and beautiful smile. The treatment for veneers is quick, often just taking two appointments, and has earned the nickname of “instant orthodontics.” In most cases, patients seeking porcelain veneers in Naperville, IL will need to have their natural teeth slightly altered to support the veneers over top. This often means that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment.
While porcelain veneers are an excellent solution to stained, chipped, malformed or unattractive teeth, the unfortunate fact is that they do not last forever. When placed by our skilled dentist Dr. Kaz Zymantas, most patients can expect their veneers to last 10 or more years! But when they aren’t taken care of properly or damage occurs, they will need to be replaced in order to give you the beautiful smile from before.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Veneers
Cracked, Chipped or Worn Down
For many patients, porcelain veneers are designed to cover up cracks or chips in teeth and give structure to worn down teeth. But when your veneers have developed these conditions, they are no longer serving their purpose and are weaker because of the damage. Obvious damage to a veneer is a sure sign that it is time to be replaced.
Decayed Supporting Tooth
If the tooth underneath a veneer is decaying, it will no longer be able to support the restoration. In these cases, the veneer will need to be removed so the tooth can be treated for disease. Once the tooth has been cleansed and saved, a new veneer or dental crown can be placed. If the tooth needs to be extracted, then a bridge or dental implant will have to replace the missing tooth.
Gum Disease Affects Your Mouth
Similarly to a decayed tooth, if gum disease infects your gum tissue and teeth, it can cause the veneer to separate from the tooth. Additionally, gum tissue may recede from the tooth, exposing the tooth roots and the veneer to damage. Once gum disease has been cleansed from the mouth, veneers can be safely reapplied.
Veneers of Improper Size Attached Initially
If a dentist did a poor job of sizing your veneers initially, they can cause discomfort or an improper bite. Dr. Zymantas can remove improperly sized veneers placed by other dentists and reattach porcelain veneers that fit your smile.
Do You Want to Enhance Your Smile?
If you want to have porcelain veneers placed or need yours repaired, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zymantas today! Appointments can be made by calling 630-355-3339.