Porcelain Veneer Risks

By Steven Kail on January 28, 2014

Bells Porcelain Veneers RisksTeeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped, or discolored can sap even the most outgoing person’s confidence and self-esteem. Porcelain veneers are becoming an increasingly popular treatment, providing patients with a relatively quick and surprisingly natural-looking way to deal with a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry issues. Drs. Steven Kail, Joseph Leonard, and Chris Arnold at Premier Dental Center have helped hundreds of patients at their cosmetic dentistry office in Bells achieve a brighter smile through porcelain veneers. But risks are a part of all dental procedures, and porcelain veneers are no different. Before having porcelain veneers placed, it is important to understand these risks.

What Are the Risks Associated with Porcelain Veneers?

Like any other restorative or cosmetic dental procedure, the placement of porcelain veneers comes with certain risks:

  • Porcelain Veneers Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity: Traditional porcelain veneers involve the removal of part of a patient’s dental enamel, in order to properly fit and affix the veneer. But any time enamel is removed and nerves are brought closer to the tooth’s surface, there is a risk of increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Porcelain Veneers Still Require Daily Hygiene: Porcelain veneers are not only natural and lifelike in appearance; they are also susceptible to the same staining and plaque build-up as natural teeth. In addition, your natural teeth are still intact and exposed behind each veneer and are at just as much at risk for developing decay and cavities as they ever were. It is important to treat your veneers with as much care as you would your natural teeth, including dental check-ups and regular cleanings. 
  • Most Porcelain Veneers Will Need to Be Replaced: The most important fact that all patients considering porcelain veneers should know is that traditional porcelain veneers are irreversible – this is a point that cannot be stressed enough. But while porcelain veneers may be irreversible, they are not invincible or irreplaceable. In fact, most will have to be replaced over time as they become discolored or worn down from daily use. As technology has improved over the years, the lifespan of the typical porcelain veneer has been greatly extended - some can even last from 15 to 20 years with optimal care. On the other hand, however, bad habits such as tooth grinding (bruxism) and chewing on hard objects like ice or pen caps can result in the need for porcelain veneer replacements much more quickly.

At Premier Dental Center we offer Lumineers®, which are a no-prep alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. Because they do not require your cosmetic dentist to alter the shape of your underlying natural teeth, Lumineers® are reversible if a patient should choose to carry on without veneers later in life.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist Today

While porcelain veneers are not without their risks, they are still an effective and attractive treatment for a number of cosmetic dental issues. Now that you know what those risks are, you are in a better position to determine whether porcelain veneers are right for you. Discussing the procedure with an experienced cosmetic dentist can further help you understand your options. Contact Drs. Kail, Leonard, and Arnold at Premier Dental Center to schedule a consultation and learn more about porcelain veneers today.

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