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How often do porcelain veneers need to be redone? My veneers are 10 years old and I am wondering when i will need to consider replacing the 10 veneers.

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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: When inadequate...

Veneer replacement is not a regularly scheduled thing like an oil change.
Veneers only need to be replaced when they are esthetically compromised per the patient desires, or when they are leaking, broken, or decayed. A dentist is best the one to determine if the veneers are inadequate.

In brief: When inadequate...

Veneer replacement is not a regularly scheduled thing like an oil change.
Veneers only need to be replaced when they are esthetically compromised per the patient desires, or when they are leaking, broken, or decayed. A dentist is best the one to determine if the veneers are inadequate.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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Dr. Jean Edderai
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Why

Why would you consider changing them? Do they look stained, or are they noticeable at the gum line when you smile, any symptoms of sensitivity to hot or cold? These are the reasons behind changing your veneers.
You should go to your regular dental visits for maintenance (dental cleaning) to be safe, and if everything is ok you can keep them indefinitely. Good luck!

In brief: Why

Why would you consider changing them? Do they look stained, or are they noticeable at the gum line when you smile, any symptoms of sensitivity to hot or cold? These are the reasons behind changing your veneers.
You should go to your regular dental visits for maintenance (dental cleaning) to be safe, and if everything is ok you can keep them indefinitely. Good luck!
Dr. Jean Edderai
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: If it ain't broke...

The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10-15 years.
As the old saying goes, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”

In brief: If it ain't broke...

The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is 10-15 years.
As the old saying goes, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Varies

No set time. If they are still well adapted and sealed without any leakage ,decay,breakdown along the edges (margins) then they need not be replaced just because they are 10 years old.
They should be checked and sometimes small repairs along the margins are indicated to prolong their functionality. If the color , function and health are there -- keep 'em. Good Luck.

In brief: Varies

No set time. If they are still well adapted and sealed without any leakage ,decay,breakdown along the edges (margins) then they need not be replaced just because they are 10 years old.
They should be checked and sometimes small repairs along the margins are indicated to prolong their functionality. If the color , function and health are there -- keep 'em. Good Luck.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. George Ayoub
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: No specific

It all depends if they are stained or recurrent decay or fractured.

In brief: No specific

It all depends if they are stained or recurrent decay or fractured.
Dr. George Ayoub
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Dr. Edward Chermol
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: The

The answer as to "when" do you need to consider replacing your veneers is a simple formula: number one: be informed.
What i mean by this is find out the condition of your veneers, the teeth they are bonded to , and the "gums" [periodontal tissues} that these veenered teeth call home. Your dentist can give you this info. Number two: be informed. Ask your dentist to physically show you how to maintain your mouth. This includes how to clean in between your teeth and how to gently massage your teeth and gums, i.e., don't brush like your polishing a 57 chevy. Seriously , if you brush too hard with a toothbrush your "gums" will recede and the space between the top of your veneer and the "gums" will ruin any case from an aesthetic point of view. If your teeth and "gums" are in good condition, and the game plan for maintaining your dental condition is clear, the next step is easy.......Look in the mirror. If you love what you see ....Great....Now just follow the home care game plan. On the other hand, if your dentist informs you you have "cavities" between your teeth and veneers then you may have to replace them. Also you may get good info on your dental condition but the look in the mirror is not what you want it to be. In this case new veneers may be the answer for you. In conclusion take control of your dental condition. You are your best advocate - ask questions, be informed, it's not only good for your dental health but your all around well being. And remember...Be informed :).

In brief: The

The answer as to "when" do you need to consider replacing your veneers is a simple formula: number one: be informed.
What i mean by this is find out the condition of your veneers, the teeth they are bonded to , and the "gums" [periodontal tissues} that these veenered teeth call home. Your dentist can give you this info. Number two: be informed. Ask your dentist to physically show you how to maintain your mouth. This includes how to clean in between your teeth and how to gently massage your teeth and gums, i.e., don't brush like your polishing a 57 chevy. Seriously , if you brush too hard with a toothbrush your "gums" will recede and the space between the top of your veneer and the "gums" will ruin any case from an aesthetic point of view. If your teeth and "gums" are in good condition, and the game plan for maintaining your dental condition is clear, the next step is easy.......Look in the mirror. If you love what you see ....Great....Now just follow the home care game plan. On the other hand, if your dentist informs you you have "cavities" between your teeth and veneers then you may have to replace them. Also you may get good info on your dental condition but the look in the mirror is not what you want it to be. In this case new veneers may be the answer for you. In conclusion take control of your dental condition. You are your best advocate - ask questions, be informed, it's not only good for your dental health but your all around well being. And remember...Be informed :).
Dr. Edward Chermol
Dr. Edward Chermol
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Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Although

Although most all dental restorations have a life expectancy there is no real timeline for veneer replacement and I have placed many veneers as far back as 1982 that still look good and function properly.
There are reasons that would make replacement necessary, including underlying decay, improper fit at the gumline or breakage. Also consider that your esthetic requirements can change and those veneers that once fit your "look" and lifestyle may no longer serve your needs. As has been mentioned before, the only way to get a read on the health of your veneers is to get a professional evaluation by a dentist. If you are going to replace them seek out a cosmetic dentist who is well experienced in veneer placement.

In brief: Although

Although most all dental restorations have a life expectancy there is no real timeline for veneer replacement and I have placed many veneers as far back as 1982 that still look good and function properly.
There are reasons that would make replacement necessary, including underlying decay, improper fit at the gumline or breakage. Also consider that your esthetic requirements can change and those veneers that once fit your "look" and lifestyle may no longer serve your needs. As has been mentioned before, the only way to get a read on the health of your veneers is to get a professional evaluation by a dentist. If you are going to replace them seek out a cosmetic dentist who is well experienced in veneer placement.
Dr. Jonathan Scharf
Dr. Jonathan Scharf
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Dr. Sander White
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: My

My wife's veneers are over 25 years old.
As long as you have no decay or periodontal disease they do not need to be replaced.

In brief: My

My wife's veneers are over 25 years old.
As long as you have no decay or periodontal disease they do not need to be replaced.
Dr. Sander White
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Dr. Martin Brown
Dentistry

In brief: If

If there is no staining and you are happy with the appearance , there is no need to do anything.
They can easily last many more years.

In brief: If

If there is no staining and you are happy with the appearance , there is no need to do anything.
They can easily last many more years.
Dr. Martin Brown
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In brief: The

The only time you would "need" to replace porcelain veneers is if there is decay under the veneers, gum recession or actual damage to the veneers.
Regular check ups will evaluate the covered teeth to make sure all is healthy.

In brief: The

The only time you would "need" to replace porcelain veneers is if there is decay under the veneers, gum recession or actual damage to the veneers.
Regular check ups will evaluate the covered teeth to make sure all is healthy.
Dr. Mitchel Blumenthal
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