Replacing Your Porcelain Veneers
Replacing Your Porcelain Veneers
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last a long time. But even when exercising proper precautions and good oral hygiene, there is no guarantee that even an expertly placed set of porcelain veneers will last forever. There are many factors that could lead to the damage or loss of one or more porcelain veneers.
At Kohler Dentistry, Dr. Craig S. Kohler and his staff are proud to provide Chicago patients with high quality porcelain veneers as well as replacements for those who need it. Is it time for your own porcelain veneers to be replaced?
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers Replacement
There are many reasons why porcelain veneers may need to be replaced, including:
- Staining: Although dental porcelain is highly resistant to staining, veneers may become discolored with time. If your veneers are not as white as they were when they were placed, you may want to have the veneers replaced. In addition, your natural teeth may become discolored at a faster rate than the veneers. If this occurs, you may wish to have the veneers removed, undergo teeth whitening treatment to improve the color of the natural teeth, and then have new porcelain veneers placed that match the color of surrounding teeth.
- Chips and wear: Over time, porcelain veneers may become chipped, cracked, or show signs of wear. This can occur if patients bite down on inedible objects such as fingernails or pen caps. It can also occur if patients chew on overly hard or crunchy items such as ice.
- Dislodged veneers: Veneers can become dislodged if the cement used to bond the veneers to the teeth wears down. Veneers may also come off of the teeth if patients consume overly chewy foods.
To maintain the appearance of porcelain veneers for as long as possible, patients should maintain good oral hygiene, limit foods and drinks that stain the teeth, and avoid bad habits that can damage veneers.
Is Porcelain Veneer Replacement Covered by Insurance?
When you were first fitted with porcelain veneers, you probably paid completely out of pocket, and you were most likely informed that porcelain veneers are an elective cosmetic procedure not covered by your dental insurance. Will this be the case when it comes to replacing your porcelain veneers as well? Not necessarily.
It’s true that in most cases, the initial placement of veneers is fully elective. But due to the amount of enamel that must be removed to place standard porcelain veneers, once veneers have been placed, these fabrications are necessary. Without veneers, patients may suffer a loss of dental functionality. Damage or loss of porcelain veneers can make everyday tasks like chewing difficult or even painful.
Because of this, the replacement of damaged porcelain veneers may be partially covered under your insurance. However, it is important to discuss the matter directly with your insurance provider.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Replacement
If you have lost one or more porcelain veneers, don’t worry; relief through replacement may be just around the corner. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig S. Kohler today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you decide on the right care and treatment options for strong and long lasting porcelain veneers.