Porcelain Veneers Risks By Mike Meek, DDS on August 13, 2021

veneersPorcelain veneers improve the appearance of flawed or damaged teeth. Porcelain veneers are made of tooth-colored ceramic shells and placed on the front of the teeth for a natural-looking enhancement. Porcelain veneers provided by our Austin, TX, practice can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile in just two office visits, giving you an exciting boost in self-esteem and helping you look better than ever before. However, there are porcelain veneers risks that you should understand before making a final decision:

Temporary Tooth Sensitivity

Before dentists place veneers, they remove about a small amount of enamel so that the restoration does not protrude or look unnatural. Patients often experience mild tooth sensitivity for a few days after the tooth has been prepared for veneers.

Unsatisfying Results

As with any medical procedure, there is no guarantee that you will love the outcome of your veneers treatment. However, patients themselves can increase the chances of achieving dazzling results by taking time to choose the right dentist. Does your dentist perform a large number of dental veneers cases? What do the dentist’s patients say about their quality of work? Take your time to research any dentist you consider so that you can get the most out of this popular treatment.


It’s possible that your veneer will disrupt the balance of your bite if it is placed improperly. Once again, avoiding this complication is often a matter of choosing a dentist who is skilled in veneers placement and will take the time to study how the veneer should fit into your smile. A dentist with substantial experience in placing porcelain veneers will understand how to upgrade your smile in a way that does not compromise the comfort or health of your smile.


Porcelain veneers are designed for durability, but they are not invincible. They can crack, break, and wear down due to trauma, teeth grinding, and other factors. Here are some ways to prevent breakage:

  • Avoid using your veneer to bite down on hard or sticky foods.
  • Wear a mouth guard if you play contact sports.
  • Wear a mouth guard at night if you grind your teeth.
  • Teeth are not tools. Do not use them to chew fingernails, open bags of chips, etc.
  • Remain committed to excellent oral hygiene by brushing twice and flossing at least once per day.
  • Visit your dentist at least every six months for regular checkups.

If at any point you experience a damaged or dislodged veneer, get in touch with your dentist to coordinate a replacement.

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Before receiving any dental treatment, patients should always weigh the advantages and disadvantages. Veneers have helped many patients around the world experience elevated confidence, but it’s important to understand that they require a skilled dentist, a commitment to upkeep on your part, and an understanding that they are not intended to last forever.
If you have additional concerns about porcelain veneers, call (512) 458-6222 or message us online to schedule a visit in Austin, TX.

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  • The American Dental Association
  • The Texas Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Capital Area Dental Society

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