Dental Veneers – A Brief Guide

Have you ever wanted to have a whiter smile but not been too keen on using oxidising gels?

Have you got a minor gap in between your teeth that you feel isn’t worth correcting using an aligner or brace?

Have you ever considered dental laminates?

In this post, we will share a brief guide on dental veneers, also called porcelain laminates, explaining why you might choose to have them fitted as well as why they would be contra-indicated.

Dental Veneers – A Brief Guide

Below is a brief introductory guide to porcelain veneers Bondi Junction, so read on to learn more about these nifty cosmetic coverings.

dental-veneersWhat Are Porcelain Laminates?

Porcelain laminates are thin coverings that can be placed over the front of your teeth. They can be shade-matched to the surrounding teeth or used to whiten your smile and can be designed to be a few shades whiter.

Why Fit Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be used to close minor gaps, correct small misalignments and also conceal chips and cracks in your teeth.

Fitting Dental Laminates

The fitting of dental laminates is very straightforward and requires no pain relievers.

Your dentist will either use a moulding technique or take a scan of your teeth, and this will be sent to a dental laboratory. Over there, a set of laminates will be custom-made to fit your teeth.

Once back at your dental surgery, your dentist will gently sand the front of your tooth to create a rough surface for the dental cement to adhere to.

After this has been put on, your laminates will be placed over the top and voila! They are now fitted!


Once you have had porcelain laminates fitted, they are ready to use; you can eat, chew and do everything else you used to do with your regular teeth pre-laminate.

But you will need to care for them as you do your regular teeth; they will need to be brushed twice a day and flossed and you will need to attend biannual check ups so that your dentist can keep an eye out for signs of gum disease or decay.

If you suspect that one of your laminates is coming loose, then you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.


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If properly cared for, porcelain laminates can last up to and over 15 years; for some people, they can even last for 20 years!

Their longevity is based primarily on oral health; if you have gum disease, this can cause them to fall off prematurely. Similarly, smoking cigarettes can increase the chance of the laminates failing, and so, if you want to have laminates fitted but are a smoker, you should discuss smoking cessation with your dentist.


When it comes to having porcelain laminates fitted, there aren’t many things that can cause issues.

As mentioned earlier, smoking can be problematic as it promotes gum inflammation and can cause the laminates to fall off.

However, if you have gum disease or a family history of gum disease, you will need to keep an eye out for the warning signs. Much like regular inflammation, gum disease can cause the laminates to pop off.

If you suspect that you have gum disease or tooth decay alongside having laminates fitted, then you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.


We hope this brief guide on dental veneers has been helpful and that you will use it as a reference the next time you are considering having dental laminations fitted.


Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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