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Porcelain Veneers

Feb 20, 2014

Q: Is porcelain the ‘Best’ material to use?

A: This can only be determined by the individual circumstances of each patient. Porcelain maintains its lustre and does not stain. Provided that regular 6monthly check ups are attended, Porcelain Veneers can last for 10 – 15 years and they also come with a 5-year warranty.

Q: Is tooth reduction required?

A: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we aim to have no or minimal tooth reduction. With the majority of cases, tooth reduction is not necessary. However certain situations do require a small amount of reduction.. Either way, if tooth reduction is required, it is very minimal.

Q: Are Porcelain veneers permanent? Are they replaceable?

A: Porcelain veneers are a permanent restoration and their life span is approximately 10 – 15 years. We offer a 5 year warrant provided regular 6 monthly check ups are maintained and a night guard – to protect your teeth from grinding in the night – is worn.

However porcelain veneers can be replaced. If no tooth reduction has been required the veneers can be removed and your teeth return to how they were prior to the veneers being placed. If a veneer chips or breaks, it can be removed and a new one placed.

Q: Can Porcelain Veneers break or fall off?

A: The cement that is used is extremely strong and prevents the veneer from falling off. Chips and breakages are extremely rare. Nevertheless, if a veneer does chip, it can be replaced.

Q: Will they wear down?

A:Porcelain veneers do not wear down with general eating and grinding.

Q: Will they look natural?

A: Porcelain is the closest looking material to natural tooth. Porcelain veneers maintain their shine and appearance just like a tooth. Shade matching allows a likeness that only a true professional will be able to tell the difference.

Q: How do you colour match?

A:If several teeth are being veneered the porcelain is matched to your natural teeth by our lab technician. If 8 – 10 teeth are being veneered you are able to choose the colour porcelain you want.

Q: How long does it take?

A: The procedure can vary depending on all of the treatment recommended. Porcelain veneers take 2 weeks from impressions to cementation, as the lab requires this time to manufacture the veneer.

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