How Long Do Veneers Last?

When done properly in a health dentition with proper care and maintenance, veneers can last a long time.  In the past I have posted some cases that have been in the mouth for over ten years.  Here is a case I delivered five years ago.  The porcelain veneers are still looking as pretty as the day I delivered them.  Note the details in the characteristics of the porcelain which make them look realistic. The key to beautiful veneers is to recreate exactly what nature has intended for real teeth to look and function.

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

Restoring Worn out Front Teeth

Restoring worn out front teeth is all about the details.  Properly designed restorations using the right materials, technique, and collaboration with the right ceramist can bring back years of life to the front teeth. Here  is an example of a case where we used a combination of teeth whitening, crowns, and veneers on the four front teeth to restore this gentleman's smile.

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

How Long Do Veneers and Crowns Last?

This is one of the most common question I hear during a veneer and crown consultation. The most simple answer I can give you is:  "It depends."

If a crown or a veneer functions in a perfectly healthy dentition, then the restoration will last a long time.  If the restoration functions in an unstable bite and/or in an unhealthy bone/gum environment, then it will not last as long.

The best thing to do is to not be fixated on a certain number of years as a life span for your restoration.  Rather, find out the existing status of the overall health of your dentition, then treat the dentition comprehensively in order to assure the longevity of not only your restorations but also of your natural teeth.

It is a red flag if your consultation involves zero discussion about the status of your bite and focuses only the cosmetic of the case.

Accurate diagnosis, proper treatment planning, and precise delivery will result in optimum lifespan of your restoration.

Here is a case of two veneers on two front teeth which I delivered on Feb 8th, 2001.  Eleven years in the patient's mouth, and this picture still shows no sign of wear on the porcelain.  The gum tissue is perfectly healthy around the neck of the tooth, and the veneers look beautiful in the patient's smile. The photo was taken on March 1st, 2012.

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth ...

This patient had two crowns put on his front teeth.  One of the two crowns popped out shortly after, so he came to me to see what I can do for him. Restorations on the two front teeth are some of the most difficult treatments.  Not only do they have to look like real teeth, they also have to fit within the functional parameters of the patient's bite.

I restored this case by eliminating interferences in his bite to stabilize it first. Then I restored the two front teeth with two new crowns which were done with complexity in color combination, contour, texture, and functional guidance.

The "after" photos were taken two days after delivery.  The gum will continue to adapt well around the teeth, and the restorations will continue to disappear into his dentition as if they were his own natural teeth.

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.

How Come the Color Could Never Match For Crowns on the Front Teeth?

The two front teeth are the most commonly restored teeth.  They erupt into the mouth at about the age of eight, and being positioned in front of the mouth they often sustain the most damage. Color is not the only parameter required to match the two front teeth with the rest of the teeth in the smile.  Among other factors, we have to also match contour, surface texture, and shade variations of different areas of the teeth.  Matching the front teeth is like sculpting a portrait of what they used to look like. That is the only way they will blend in with the natural dentition. Furthermore, the two front teeth serve as a very important guidance for joint stability and function.  We must approach the front teeth in more than one dimension.

When done correctly,  restorations for the front teeth will disappear into the rest of the smile.  Here is a testimony from a recent case I delivered last week.

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Email dated 9/09/2011

Dear Dr. Alex,

I want to personally thank you for the wonderful job you did on my case. Although it took longer than I anticipated, it was worth the wait and I am very pleased with the end result. You definitely have the knack for how teeth should look and function. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and professionalism. ...Again, I want to thank you for a job well done.

P.S. you will soon have another positive review on Yelp :)

Sincerely,

K

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Alex Nguyen, DDS is a Saratoga Dentist who practices General Dentistry, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry. For over 20 years the practice has been serving the residents of Santa Clara County and San Francisco Bay Area.