This Will Be my 3rd Time Getting Veneers Done, is That Bad?

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Porcelain Veneers and Changing them

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If you can explain why you have had them done for a third time, we might be able to give you a better answer.

Look forward to hearing back from you.


Ron Konig DDS

Houston Dentist

How long to veneers last?

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I have patients that have veneers that have been in place for nearly 15 years and look no different than the day I put them in.  If veneers are done according to ideal parameters they can last a lifetime.  Several factors can compromise veneeers.  If the bite of the patient and alignment of the teeth is off, then they may not last as long.  People who grind their teeth and have lsee optimal bites can compromise the longevity of the veneers.  If the technique of the dentist putting them in is not what it should be, then this can be a huge factor in the equation.  Preparations of the tetth should be deep enough that they are estetic and allow for the physical optical properties of proerly layered porcelain.  If the preparations are too deep and the veneers are bonded to dentin rather than enamel that can be a problem.  Dentin bonding doesn't work ovet the long-term.  Ask a lot of questions and see a lot of before and afters before choosing a dentist to complete your veneers.

Lawrence Singer, DMD
Washington Dentist
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Frequent veneer replacement may be a sign

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If you are doing them for the third time in 3 years, then yes, I would say something is not right.  If this is the third time in 40 years, then that isn't TOO unusual, but I have seen many cases last 25 to 30 years.

It depends on "why".  If you are just dissatisfied with the look or color, then it isn't a failure of the material.  However, each time a tooth is worked on, heat is generated and can cause harm to the tooth or teeth.

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3rd Time with Veneers

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The important question to answer is how long in between have you gone before they have needed to be replaced.  Well done veneers that are well maintained can last 10 years or more.  If they are being replaced more frequently for reasons other than aesthetics, you may want to have an experienced cosmetic dentist evaluate the reasons they are failing.

Redoing Veneers for the Third Time!

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It is bad if this is the third time in 10 to 15 year time frame.  If you are talking about the third time in a period of 20-30 years that is different.  Nothing lasts forever.  If you fall into the first category of 10 to 15 years, I would seriously suggest you seek out a specialist in full mouth reconstruction such as a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist takes three more years of training after graduating from dental school in specializing in esthetic restoration of teeth. If yours have failed twice, let a prosthodontist, who has training in TMJ and bite problems, examine your bite. Stress and a bad bite can put trememdous pressure  on the veneers causing them to break or crack. Decay can also present a problem with  veneers. I would find out the cause for the veneer failure so it does not happen the third time.  See more than one professional and take notes on what they say.  There should be one that can find and fix the underliying problem. Do your homework so this does not happen again!  I am very sorry for their failure.

George Koutsoukos, DDS
Valencia Dentist

What are Risks When Redoing Veneers?

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There are many people who have redone veneers through the years.  When you decide to redo your veneers make sure you communicate your needs- color, space closure, reshaping, all your revisions should be discussed.  Removing old veneers and preparing for new ones can be gentle but you do need to remove everything so some of your preparation must reflect what previous dentists have done.  Make sure you voice your needs and are very clear with your expectations.  Obviously the less times you redo veneers, the better, but it can be done with much success.   

Wendy S. Spektor, DDS
Bellevue Dentist

How long should veneers last

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three sets in a 10-15 year span is bad. look into going to a reconstructive dentist, one withtraining in full mouth reconstruction. They have training ad certificates for cosmetic dentistry as well as  and TMJ treatment and bite  isssues.

Soheyla Marzvaan, DDS
Orange County Dentist

Porcelain Veneers last a long time

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I have seen Porcelain Veneers last for as much as thirty years. If your Veneers have lasted ten years I would consider this a good result. If the time frame is shorter then there is an underlying reason why they are failing. Many times veneers can fail because of fracture. This is most common when the bite is not correct. You should discuss this with your dentist.

Zola A Makrauer, DMD
Philadelphia Dentist

3rd Time Getting Veneers Done, is That Bad?

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The answer is it depends upon what time frame you are getting this done. If it's three times over thirty years, then I am not very concerned. If however this is the third time in ten years, then I think there are issues that haven't been addressed or problems that are not under control. Stop and have them addressed now, before you have the third set of new porcelain veneers.

If you are having them re-done again fairly shortly, then there may be problems with your bite that  can be causing chipping or breaking.  I ask all of my patients with a lot of veneers to use a night guard when they sleep for extra protection. I have seen three veneers brake over twenty years.

You could also have a cavity problem that is not controlled. In these cases a very strong prevention program is mandatory. Things like prescription strength Fluoride for home use, Sonicare twice a day and then Fluoride varnish applied in the office every three months.

You CAN have many, many years of success with veneers.


Third Time For Renewing Veneers

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The answer to your question depends on many years how many years did you get out of each set of veneers.  If you are having them replaced every five years then I would be concerned.  If you are getting 1-15 years out of each set then I would not be worried.  The newer porcelains and bonding techniques allow for a set of veneers to last much longer than even 7-10 years ago.  Make sure that if you are having them redone soon that you have your doctor use a material called EMax.  This is the strongest, most aesthetic porcelain on the market.  Hope this helps. 

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