Questions About Porcelain Veneers

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Tue, 07/19/2016

How long do porcelain veneers last?

There is no specific lifespan for porcelain veneers. The longevity of your veneers will depend most significantly on how well they are placed, and how well you care for them. In most cases, porcelain veneers that have been correctly bonded can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, but well-cared-for veneers have been known to last even longer.

Dr. Miyake is careful to place porcelain veneers with precision, taking the current state of your bite into account to ensure the veneers will not be worn down irregularly or prematurely by your other teeth. The rest will be up to you. Just like your natural tooth structure, the integrity of your veneers can be compromised by habits like nail biting or chewing on hard substances. Scheduling regular check-ups with Dr. Miyake will also help you identify and quickly treat any cavities that develop under the surface of the veneers. Please click here for more information about caring for porcelain veneers.

What’s the difference between a porcelain veneer and a dental crown?

Porcelain veneers only cover the front side of your tooth – the area that shows when you smile. In contrast, dental crowns cover and encase your entire tooth. Veneers and crowns also differ in thickness; a typical porcelain veneer measures around 1 millimeter or less, whereas a dental crown is usually 2 millimeters or more.

Additionally, since porcelain veneers cover less of your tooth’s surface, they require less of your tooth to be re-shaped before placement. Dental crowns generally sacrifice more of your natural tooth structure.

Are there any risks involved with porcelain veneers?

Whenever enamel is worn down on the surface of a tooth, some sensitivity can occur for a short period of time. Temporary tooth sensitivity tends to be the only complication associated with porcelain veneers. Dr. Miyake will refine your tooth as little as possible to minimize this issue. 

Can I get Lumineers®?

Lumineers® are thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, and have enjoyed some popularity because they require almost no preparation of your tooth before being placed. However, this also limits their usefulness and limits the amount of people who are good candidates for Lumineers®. In many cases, your teeth will need preparation in order for veneers to be placed securely and with the best possible aesthetic result.

If you have more questions about porcelain veneers, please contact our Fresno office today to schedule a personal smile consultation with Dr. Miyake. We can help you decide on the treatment option that is right for you.