I was recently in to see my dentist and he suggested that I have direct composite veneers done. I’m fine with this. It was my idea, actually. I wanted a non-invasive way to improve the way my teeth look. I’m not crazy about having them torn up for the sake of looks though. In any case, the doctor said to go with direct composite veneers. I was talking to my wife afterward and she said that she thought these were not a permanent solution- that I will need to have them redone over and over again as the years go by. My questions are these: Is that true? Will they need to be redone and, if so, how often? And, will there come a time where I can no longer have the direct composite veneers done and will have to have something stronger or bigger done to replace them? How many times can I have them done before I have to have something else?
Almost any time you have your teeth altered, the repair or cosmetic work will need to be redone again later. There simply isn’t anything quite like enamel, so it’s good that you’re being cautious with your decision. Direct composite veneers are a good choice because very little of the natural tooth needs to be adjusted to make space for them and it’s very easy to replace them. In some cases, the dentist may only need to rough up the surface a bit, so the new layer will adhere to it, or he’ll just be removing the older material and won’t be touching the actual tooth structure much at all for replacements over the years.
The biggest concern here is that you should find a dentist who is good at doing this, so that you can have them made beautifully and work with someone who knows how to make sure they don’t wind up with decay or discoloration on the edges. Issues like that can result in the tooth needing more coverage later.
If you have concerns over how long they last, talk to your dentist and get his stats. He should have a pretty good idea of how long his work usually lasts for patients and he’ll probably be able to tell you why most of his get replaced. For example, if someone has gum recession and the margin doesn’t look right or the work discolors after several years of use, that’s fairly normal and often unavoidable. If he loses a lot of them after just a couple of years or says decay is one of the main reasons his are replaced, you might want to talk with another local dentist to see if he has a better track record.
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