Do Porcelain Veneers Ever Come Off? (Part One)

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Sun, 11/27/2011

I've heard patients comment about veneers they have had "come off". Frankly, there is no good reason why veneers ought to pop off. In fact, it’s a harbinger of other bad things to come.

Porcelain veneers, when they are crafted correctly, are extremely strong, durable and stay in place reliably.

There are two main reasons why porcelain veneers come off- neither of them good...

I'll go over the first reason today, and then discuss the other reason tomorrow.

One. The veneer wasn't adhered correctly. The process of cementing, or bonding or adhering the veneer to your tooth is very technically demanding. There are many steps, the process is unforgiving. It requires an uncompromising technique. It is possible that during the adhesion process something goes wrong. While this could be possible for a great cosmetic dentist, it is highly unlikely, because they would notice if something isn't going right. While possible, a great cosmetic dentist may have this happen only once or twice in a career. IF the worst happened that your veneer somehow came off, an experienced cosmetic dentist would be mortified. They would fix it quickly, and permanently. They would feel bad, and it would be obvious to you. If on the other hand, in the most likely scenario, you veneers were adhered without this immaculate technique, it could come off. If a veneer pops off one day later-it simply wasn't adhered correctly. In this practice a staff member or even the dentist might say, "oh it happens all the time, don't worry about it". If it happens all the time or is in some way routine, then politely get yourself out of that office and into one of a more experienced cosmetic dentist.

You really shouldn't lose any sleep worrying about your veneers coming off. In my experience, veneers work well, and they work well for a long time.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for Part Two of this series. (or if you've had a veneer come off, you may want to schedule a visit with us so we can check your veneers and make sure you won't have more problems-contact us today).  

Scott Greenhalgh
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