Can Porcelain Veneers Ever Come Off?

Serving Patients in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Lawton, and Norman, OK

Porcelain veneers are securely bonded to your teeth. They are unlikely to detach. Studies have shown that porcelain veneers tend to last a very long time. Studies looking at the durability of porcelain veneers shows that 93-95% of them survive at least ten years. When porcelain veneers do fail, about half of them fail due to fracturing. Other failure modes do occur, such as aesthetic defects due to recession of gums. Detachment, or de-bonding of porcelain veneers is possible, but it is very unlikely.
 
This refers to porcelain veneers that are bonded following proper preparation of the underlying tooth structure. When some of the dental enamel is removed, and the underlying enamel is properly roughed using an acid wash, porcelain veneer de-bonding is unusual. Current techniques even allow for the bonding of veneers to dentin, the interior material in teeth, with a very high success rate. De-bonding accounts for 0-12% of failures, depending on the study. Nearly all veneers remain bonded at ten year follow-ups in most studies, but the number of veneers lost seems to increase significantly when follow-ups extend to 16 years or more. 
 
During your consultation, we will discuss the longevity of porcelain veneers, how to properly care for them, and the possible failure modes. To schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Terry Bass for a consultation in the Edmond, Oklahoma area.