Understanding Porcelain Veneers: Why They Eventually Need Replacement By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on August 16, 2016

Close-up of a patient’s natural-looking porcelain veneersThere is a good reason that porcelain veneers are the cornerstone of so many smile makeovers at Nordhus Dentistry. Dr. Byron J. Nordhus uses only the finest-grade porcelain to custom-craft veneers to exacting specifications so that they blend seamlessly into his patients’ smiles. He takes into account the unique characteristics of each individual patient’s smile, creating porcelain veneers that complement the surrounding natural teeth in terms of size, shape, color, and even texture. The porcelain used to create veneers is extraordinarily strong and durable. With proper oral hygiene habits and regular trips to the dentist, patients can expect their porcelain veneers to last for years - in fact, some of Dr. Nordhus’ patients have had their veneers last for a decade or even longer.

Even the most durable porcelain veneers, however, will eventually need to be replaced. This is because porcelain veneers are not a reversible treatment. Patients must understand before committing to treatment that, once they have porcelain veneers placed, their teeth will always require veneers in order to look natural and function properly. When their porcelain veneers become worn or dislodged, they must be replaced. For this reason, Dr. Nordhus always emphasizes the issue of porcelain veneers replacement during consultations at his Wichita, KS cosmetic dentistry practice. He wants to be certain that patients understand the lifetime commitment that porcelain veneers entail.

If you’re interested in finding out whether porcelain veneers are right for you, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Nordhus at Nordhus Dentistry today.

Why Do Porcelain Veneers Eventually Require Replacement?

In order to bond porcelain veneers to the teeth, Dr. Nordhus must first prepare the surfaces of the teeth to be treated. To do this, he removes a tiny amount of enamel - equivalent to roughly the thickness of an eggshell - from the teeth. This not only creates a suitable bonding surface for the veneers, but also allows the veneers to look natural, without sticking out too far from the tooth.

While the amount of enamel removed from the teeth is extremely small, it is enough that the tooth could never again look natural or function properly without porcelain veneers. Without the protection of the veneers, the tooth would be too sensitive to hot and cold, as well as highly vulnerable to damage caused by exposure to bacteria. For the rest of the patient’s life, porcelain veneers will be necessary both to the aesthetics of his or her smile and the soundness of his or her oral health.

With this in mind, you now understand why it is so important to have your porcelain veneers created by a dentist who uses only the finest materials in his restorations, such as Dr. Byron J. Nordhus. When you entrust your smile makeover to Dr. Nordhus, you can expect the finest-quality results from a dentist who is committed to your well being.

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers Replacement

To learn more about porcelain veneers and why they need to be replaced over time, please contact Nordhus Dentistry today.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

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