Patients that want to transform their smiles can benefit from porcelain veneers at our Tijuana, MX practice. Porcelain veneers are strong and resilient. However, they will not last forever.
It is important for patients to know when porcelain veneer replacement is recommended so they can keep their teeth looking great for years to come. Dr. Julio Serecero is skilled and experienced in cosmetic dentistry and offers a number of aesthetic treatments to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Here, we explore the lifespan of porcelain veneers and discuss the replacement process.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
While porcelain veneers are thin, they are still remarkably durable and resilient. In fact, today’s advanced dental materials can be as strong as natural teeth. And just like natural teeth, dental veneers can wear down over the years.
On average, porcelain veneers last about 10 to 15 years. However, with appropriate care, they may last upwards of 20 years.
Porcelain Veneers Replacement
Because the natural teeth must be modified during the placement process, veneers that become damaged or worn will need to be replaced. Sometimes, patients do not like the appearance of their veneers, and they wish to replace them for cosmetic reasons.
Replacing veneers is similar to the initial treatment process. After removing the old veneers and bonding material, your dentist will take impressions. These will then be sent to our dental lab for the fabrication of your new veneers.
Once your new veneers are complete, they will be bonded to your teeth and any necessary adjustments will be made.
Porcelain Veneers Replacement: Will Dental Insurance Cover the Cost?
Generally speaking, dental insurance companies will not cover cosmetic procedures, including porcelain veneers. However, if there is any reason why porcelain veneer placement may be essential to the health and function of your smile, they may reconsider. Therefore, it is important to call your insurance provider and discuss the situation.
Even if your insurance carrier does not help with associated costs, do not let finances stand between you and the care you deserve. At Tijuana Bariatrics, we offer flexible financing options to help patients with out-of-pocket fees.
How to Maintain Your Veneers
Caring for your porcelain veneers is similar to caring for your natural teeth. To keep your teeth and veneers looking great, brush at least twice a day with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and floss once daily.
Although porcelain is invulnerable to decay, the tooth structure underneath is still susceptible to damage. Therefore, it is also important to visit your dentist regularly so he or she can monitor the health of your veneers and identify any potential problems early on.
To preserve your veneers, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice, pens, pencils, or your fingernails. It is also a good idea to consume dark-colored foods and beverage in moderation. Porcelain is stain-resistant, but the bonding material underneath them can become discolored over time.
Contact Us for More Information
If your current veneers have become damaged, or if you do not like the way they look, consider porcelain veneer replacement at our practice. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (800) 308-3607.