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Porcelain Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers, also known as, tooth veneers or dental veneers, are a modern aesthetic treatment to fix problems such as chips, wear and tear and severe discolouration of teeth.

Tooth or dental veneers differ to tooth crowns in a way that they only cover the front of the tooth and not its entire circumference.

Tooth veneers have improved dramatically over the years. Newer tooth veneer systems use porcelain materials that are very similar to tooth enamel. This means that they do not stand out as foreign objects and blend in with the rest of the smile perfectly. Modern tooth veneer systems also do not require teeth to be cut extensively for their placement. Tooth enamel is very precious and needs to be preserved as much as possible and modern systems allow us to achieve this goal.

Tooth veneer treatment is a common procedure performed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry. Every case is assessed based on its own merit. We consider, using your input, as to what is the most cost-effective and minimally invasive procedure we can provide and what is the minimum number of tooth veneers we can place to produce maximum effect. A mock-up treatment is often performed to assess this and also to see if you are comfortable and happy with the estimated end result.

Once the treatment is approved we try to duplicate the mock up as accurately as possible using modern computerised technology. Usually, no injections are given as teeth are often left intact and no cutting is required depending on the case. Please note that bond between the veneer and the tooth is strongest when the tooth veneer is placed on healthy enamel. This is another reason why we keep the cutting of the teeth to an absolute minimum.

The longevity of ceramic (porcelain) tooth veneers is very much dependent on home care. As tooth grinding can fracture veneers, wearing a night guard is often advised.

If you have any questions about tooth veneers, please call us on (08) 8213 1821 or send us an email.

Dental Veneers – What is involved?

 Traditionally dental veneers require cutting of teeth (so the new veneers can be attached to the existing tooth), and fabrication of temporary veneers while the porcelain veneers are made. This often requires injections to numb the teeth, multiple visits and normally a minimum of 1-2 weeks between visits.

This is NOT how dental veneers are done in Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry.

Dental veneers, Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry way

At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry with careful case selection we provide the veneers with no or minimal cutting of the tooth enamel. Why? Because your tooth enamel is what gives your teeth strength and rigidity, once cut, your tooth can become weaker.

To know how the new veneers will work on your teeth a "mock up" is performed first. This is to give both you and the dentist the necessary information about your teeth, lips and face, and how the new veneers will look and function. Once the mock-up is approved, a record of the mock up is taken to make sure it can be replicated.

Teeth are then prepared for impressions so that porcelain veneers can be made. All the sharp edges and bulging sections of the tooth are polished back. As we are not removing the enamel, no injections are needed unless there is an old filling that needs to be removed.

The veneers are designed by computer technology using the blueprint of the performed mock up. They are then fabricated, polished and perfected. This process takes a few days for large cases or can be done while you wait in a single tooth case.

The veneers are tried in, observed and adjusted if needed. The colour can be modified using a variety of shades of cement (glue) to make sure it blends in with the rest of the teeth seamlessly.

It is only when both you and the dentist are happy with the results and you have given the final OK that the veneers are placed permanently.

We pride ourselves in the naturally beautiful results that we create. Often other dental professionals won’t be able to tell from our pictures which tooth has the veneer. Results though dramatic are so subtle that patients' close friends even are often unable to pick what is changed.

Porcelain Dental Veneers - Before & After Gallery

Case 1 - Gum lift & porcelain veneers

So how does the procedure work? It’s simple

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    This patient's teeth are heavily worn down making the smile less than perfect

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    Mock Up:

    First a mockup of the finished results is done. This assists the dentist and you to examine a very close estimation of what the final result will look like. We look at it together and perfect it to the point that is acceptable and beautiful.

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    Digital mould:

    Then a digital mould is taken for making the veneers based on the performed mock up. Minimum roughening of the outer layer of enamel (not visible by naked eye) is performed before digital impressions (photos) are taken again to fabricate the final result, no injections, no temporaries are needed.

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    Same day, onsite fabrication:

    The porcelain dental veneers are then crafted using CEREC a German-designed Computer Aided Design (CAD) / Computer Aided Manufactured (CAM) system on site by the dentist. This ensures the dental veneers are a very close replica of what we have agreed on.

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    The veneers are cemented (glued) on after the final observation and necessary adjustments.

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Case Studies

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Compare your treatment plans

Why not book an obligation-free consult with Dr Amrein to get a second opinion?

You can come in for a chat and we can discuss the types and quality of materials that we would use, our preferred treatment planning approach and discuss any questions that you might have.


Frequently Asked Questions

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 six monthly check-ups are attended, Porcelain Veneers can last for 10 – 15 years and they also come with a 5-year sliding scale 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 Dental Veneers permanent? Are they replaceable?
A: Porcelain dental veneers are a permanent restoration, and their life span is approximately 10 – 15 years. We offer a 5-year sliding scale warranty for relpacement provided regular six monthly check-ups are maintained and a night guard – to protect your teeth from grinding in the night – is worn.

If chips or fractures happen porcelain veneers can be replaced easily.  If no tooth reduction has been required, the veneers can be removed, and your teeth returned to how they were prior to the veneers being placed before a new veneer is 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 a 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: The material that we use for the veneers has a quality of taking and reflecting the surrounding colours making the veneers match the rest of the teeth seemlessly. If 8 – 10 teeth are being veneered, you can choose the colour porcelain you want and for example go for a lighter shade.

Q: How long does it take?
A: The procedure can vary depending on all of the treatment recommended. Porcelain veneers take a few days from impressions to cementation, or be done while you wait if we have only one veneer to do.

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Finance And Concessions

Veterans Affairs: At Adelaide Family Dentistry we see people holding Veterans Affair health cards. Members with White Cards will need to receive prior approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs before commencing treatment. If however you hold a Gold Card, treatment can begin immediately. Please let us know when you make an appointment that you hold a Veterans Affairs Health Card.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule – Medicare: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we accept Medicare’s – Child Dental Benefits Schedule. Patients usually receive a letter in the mail notifying them of eligibility. The plan is valid for treatment over two consecutive calendar years stated in the letter. It is simple to use your voucher – call us for an appointment and let us know you have received the letter. Bring the letter and your Medicare card with you to your appointment. Patients who are eligible for Medicare's Child Benefit Dental Schedule are bulk billed at Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry which means there is no out of pocket expenses to you.

Finance: At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry we provide patients with a 6-month interest-free payment plan with GEM VISA. Before commencing it is important we find out how much GEM VISA will cover of your proposed treatment. This is done by filling in some paperwork and then submitting it to GEM VISA online. A response is almost immediate.If you are eligible to use the interest-free period we can begin treatment. Once the treatment is complete you will receive letters monthly from GEM VISA for payment of your treatment. Please ensure you pay your total bill within the 6-month interest-free period, as the interest rates can be quite high.

Q: Will my private health insurance cover the cost of treatment? A: Depending on your level of dental (extras) coverage will determine what and how much treatment is covered. Most treatment is claimable through your insurance but rebates do vary. At your consultation appointment – which you are able to claim as long as you have a minimum of basic extras cover – you will receive a treatment plan and quote that will contain item numbers you can take back to your private health insurance. They will let you know what and how much you are covered for.


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