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FAQ:  Porcelain Veneers

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    Veneers Ask The Prosthodontist Chris McFarland Question:
    Is there a limit of how many times you can do porcelain veneers?

    The first ones did not crack but were too bulky. The second set had one veneer that cracked but were more natural looking.

    I am going to a prosthodontist as I am now afraid of doing anything. What would you do? ...Visitor from NY

    There are two ways to look at your question.

    The first is exactly what about the veneer didn't you like and is it due to the position of your teeth and not the veneer that has made you unhappy with the results?

    If your teeth protrude a bit, veneers that add some thickness may not be the best for you.

    The second consideration is how much of your tooth is being reduced when the veneer is prepared? A veneer stays in place because it is bonded to the enamel on your tooth.

    If by preparing your tooth several times for different veneers the enamel has been removed, then a new veneer won't "stick" to the tooth as well.

    In my prosthodontic practice, I've done a lot of veneers but can't think of case that has been done more than twice.

    You really need to discuss with the dentist what you want and make sure that a veneer is you best option.

    Christopher McFarland, DMD
    Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
    2530 Lawrenceville Highway
    Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
    (770) 492-0256

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