Porcelain veneers, sometimes also termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are one of cosmetic dentistry's more recent developments. These wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth can be an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are stained, chipped, or slightly misaligned.

The following pages will help explain: Some of the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers. When these dental veneers should or should not be utilized. The steps involved in having porcelain veneers made. How to take care your veneers and what to do if you have a porcelain veneer come off or break.

IPS Empress is a registered trademark of Ivoclar Vivadent, Inc. Prismatik ThinPress is a trademark of Glidewell Laboratories.

Prep requirements

For optimum esthetics, provide the current shade of the existing tooth, preparation or stump shade along with the final desired shade of the restorations. Slight preparation of the protruding areas with a disc or fine diamond will facilitate in allowing the ideal facial alignment. Minimum Prep - 0.3 mm reduction.

Recommended cementation

Adhesive bonding material including:

  • Variolink Veneer (Ivoclar Vivadent)
  • Nexus 3 (Kerr)
  • RelyX Veneer Cement (3M ESPE)

Cementation instructions

  • Use pumice to clean tooth surface, rinse with water and dry.
  • Etch tooth surface and clean with water and dry.
  • Put adhesive bonding material on the tooth as well as the inside of the veneer.
  • Cure with a curing light. Cure each tooth for at least 30 seconds.
  • Clean off excess bonding material.