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When Will I Need to Replace My Porcelain Veneers?

Posted by AllSmiles

I got my porcelain veneers in 2019. When will I need to replace them? I ask because two have fallen off within the past six months. I got the veneers when I lived abroad for two years because they were much more affordable than U.S. prices. My dentist in TN says that the dentist who placed the veneers didn’t bond them correctly, so my dentist bonded them back. My dentist doesn’t do a lot of porcelain veneers cases, though. How long are porcelain veneers supposed to last, and when will I need to replace them? – Thank you. Klaus


Thank you for your question.

When Will You Need to Replace Your Porcelain Veneers?

Ordinarily, you will need to replace your porcelain veneers every seven to 20 years. The May 2021 issue of the European Journal of Dentistry published an article on the survival rate for porcelain veneers. In a sample of 499 porcelain veneers, the long-term survival rates were reported for five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years. The survival rates for porcelain veneers in the sample are as follows:

  • Five years – 98%
  • Ten years – 96%
  • Fifteen years – 91%
  • Twenty years – 91%

The lifespan of your veneers depends on several factors, including:

  • Porcelain quality
  • Bonding quality
  • How well you take care of them

Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, and well-bonded veneers do not fall off. You can ask a skilled cosmetic dentist to examine your veneers in anticipation of future concerns.

What Should You Consider Before Replacing Your Veneers?

We hope your dentist can help you preserve your existing veneers. When it is time for new porcelain veneers, consider the qualifications and credentials of the cosmetic dentist you choose. We recommend the following:

  • Look for dentists with extensive post-graduate cosmetic dentistry training.
  • Ask family or acquaintances for recommendations.
  • Read the dentists’ patient reviews.
  • Schedule consultations with at least two cosmetic dentists.
  • Ask to see pictures of each dentist’s porcelain veneers cases.
  • Express your concerns about your existing veneers and receiving long-lasting replacement veneers.

Best wishes for the health and beauty of your smile.

Rocky Hill, Connecticut, cosmetic dentist Dr. Thaddeus Michalski sponsors this post.

Before and after porcelain veneers photos from Rocky Hill/Hartford dentist Dr. Michalski